Casa Terracotta is an ideal base for exploring the region if you are looking to purchase a new home in Italy. The area could be the perfect choice as it is relatively unknown to non-Italians and as such is cost effective, unspoiled and offers excellent value in a wide range of properties. Your English hosts, one of whom is fluent in Italian and the local dialect, have good local knowledge and can help with the bureaucratic processes of house buying or renovating your property.

We are not estate agents ourselves and our role is simply to introduce you to the seller. Any further services we may offer can be discussed if there is a successful introduction.

We would be very happy to help anyone who stays with us along the path of house hunting and all that it entails, giving advice about what questions to ask your Estate Agent , Geometra and Notaio, looking at the paperwork which can be a nightmare, what to look for in the fabric of the building before you purchase, giving estimates on the cost of any work necessary, introducing you to reputable specialists and tradesmen, many of whom Pietro works with and advising about some building rules and regulations.

It is very much a buyer beware environment here and I wish I had had someone to offer me the advice we now can.

This page offers a small selection of houses for sale locally to Casa Terracotta which are not presently listed with estate agents. These are not all the properties we know of.

Most of the properties on this page have been uninhabited for some years and those which have been empty need a lot of work doing to them, projects not for the faint hearted! But these buildings, with a bucket load of imagination, could make lovely homes located in a truly beautiful area. If you have any questions about any of the houses on this page please do not hesitate to contact us by email:

Estimates and advice on work to be done are available on request.

This link shows pictures of Casa Terracotta before and after we set to work.

This is an apartment we have developed.
Piacenza: Vibrant cosmopolitan little city in the planes of Northern Italy near to the river Po.

The apartment has undergone a full refurbished including electrics, plumbing and floor and ceiling insulation, is part of a small condominium consisting of 2 apartments and a shop to the front and an internal quad leading to a further 2 apartments to the back. The apartment is on the first floor to the front of the condo looking out on the road above a haberdasher. The apartment above has also recently undergone a full refit and the whole property benefits from an entirely new roof.

The condo is situated on a popular residential road inside city walls with a 5 minute, flat walk, to the city centre. Via Taverna offers a wealth of diverse local shops and bars, is on a bus route and located between two hospitals. The main train station is a short walk away too.

The apartment is accessed from Via Taverna by a communal front door and stairs to a landing where the front door is situated.

The property comprises of : a wooden, triple glazed front door leading to small hall with light switch and wall socket and ample cupboard under stairs (1m x 2.25m) and the security intercom, the bathroom door is to left and main living area with fitted kitchen directly in front. It small at about 33 square metres and benefits from gas fired central heating. The apartment has terracotta coloured floor tiles and white walls throughout living area and bedroom.

Fully fitted kitchen comprises of: (3.65m) fridge/freezer, aluminium sink and drainer, 3 double base cupboards and one single base cupboards with draw, plumbing for washing machine, electric oven with draw beneath, extractor fan with light and cupboard above, 4 burner gas hob, 3 double wall cupboards and one single wall cupboard, tiled splash back and two double sockets. All cupboard doors and work surface are white.

Sitting area: (6.67 metres x 3.34 metres at the widest and longest points) 4 sockets and TV point, radiator. Wooden door to bedroom.

Double bedroom: (4.32m x 4.30m) Generous space with 4 sockets and TV points and bedside light switches. Double glazed window with roller blind and radiator below. Wooden shelf in corner.

Bathroom: (3.02m x 1.10m) wooden door, radiator, shower, white suite comprising of toilet, sink, bidet. Triple glazed wooden widow with roller blind, fully tiled floor to ceiling.

The apartment would make an ideal buy to rent investment or a lovely little holiday home.

Offers in the region of 75,000 euro.

To view pictures of inside click on the link below it is a slide show so may take a little while to open, to return to Casa Terracotta, click on the left arrow at the top of the screen.


If you are looking for a new house and do not know where to start have a look at the website below. This is the agent I bought my house through and can highly recommend them.

This property is located in a family owned, uninhabited, hamlet accessed by a tarmac road from a principle road between two major towns.

Here is a truly exciting opportunity to create the house of your dreams. The property is a new build incorporating a wall from an old church. It is very spacious and is in a beautiful setting.

The property is presently configured to 3 bedrooms; one en suite, kitchen diner and sitting area featuring a mezzanine floor and the old church wall on the first ground level floor. And a massive double parking area, utility rooms and walking in storage spaces which are accessed by an internal concrete stair way to the second ground level.

Water and electricity are at the site.

As an unfinished new build the opportunities to make the property your own are ample. Plus there is the advantage of being able to have a firm control of your budget, much of the work – as there are no nasty hidden surprises – can be done on fixed price contracts.

There is land attached to the property with the possibility of purchasing more.

Offers in the region of €149,000, the vendors are keen to sell and are willing to negotiate.

Photos of the site may be seen by clicking on the link below. These photos were taken late afternoon in October and are therefore a little dark, for which we apologise.

To view pictures of inside click on the link below it is a slide show so may take a little while to open, to return to Casa Terracotta, click on the left arrow at the top of the screen.

This property is a substantial garage which is perfect for conversion. It is situated in the lovely town of Alpe, near to the Ligurian border. The town has a bar and shop and offers lots of stunning walks.

Offers in the region of €15,000, the vendors are keen to sell and are very willing to negotiate.



A small house located in the mountain village of Fontanachiosa in the Ceno Valley.

Ground floor: cellar

First floor: accessed by flight of stone steps in to the kitchen with stone fire place and separate dinning sitting room. Stairs to second floor bedroom.

Second floor: double bedroom and access to roof space above.

Services: Electricity

Floors space: 15 square metres per floor.

Vehicular access possible with small car.

Offers in the region of 10,000 euro, the owner is very keen to sell and open to negotiation.

To view pictures of inside click on the link below it is a slide show so may take a little while to open, to return to Casa Terracotta, click on the left arrow at the top of the screen.

Good sized property with well proportioned rooms. This property offers an excellent opportunity for development as it has lots of potential; as a spacious family home, Bed and Breakfast or apartments.

Ground floor: Entrance hall with central wooden staircase, two substantial cellars.

First floor: Large sitting room with 3 windows and almost comprises of half of the first floor, kitchen and substantial dining room. This floor as 1930 hexagonal floor tiles throughout. Access to balcony and door to rear of property.

Second floor: 4 Double bedrooms. Access to balcony.

Third floor: 4 Double bedrooms and access to roof space above.

All the shutters are aluminium, there is vehicular access and parking, a manageable garden and lean-too with wood stove.

Water and electricity at the property but will need re-connection.

We would recommend a survey to be carried out on this property before purchase.

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Asking price 61,000 euro, negotiable.

Masanti di Sotto CASA JOLANDA – LeaseSuperb business opportunity, lease this substantial property as either a small hotel or bed and breakfast, complete with bar, restaurant/pizzeria and shop.

The property does need some minor building works, a good clean and a coat of paint. The terms of the lease and the carrying out of any work necessary are to be negotiated directly with the owner.

The property comprises of a reception area, bar, dining room, large kitchen and shop on the ground floor, with stairs leading to the second floor which presently has 6 double bedrooms, one single bedroom and two bathrooms. It is understood that extra bathrooms can be added.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to lease this somewhat unusual building with a lot of potential! Have a look inside …