Appassionata reveals its latest property, where you can live the Italian dream

Ever dreamt about owning a luxury Italian home, surrounded by picturesque hilltop villages with stunning views over rolling hills, dotted with vineyards and olive groves? Il Riposo ‘The Retreat’, the latest restoration project from Appassionata, is one of Le Marche’s best kept secrets and is perfect for those that wish to reap the benefits of elegant and traditional Italian living, for a fraction of the cost.

This stunning new addition to Appassionata’s truly unique property portfolio dates back to the 12th century, and boasts a private swimming pool and terraced garden, as well as 2260 sq ft (210m2) of living space, with four double bedrooms and three bathrooms over three floors.

Quintessentially Italian in design, Il Riposo’s delicate styling has been brought to life through the talents of interior designer, and co-founder at Appassionata, Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs. Working alongside local artisans, Appassionata’s unique vision was to restore and develop this new luxury home while keeping front of mind the precious time you will spend here with family and friends. Ensuring, that from the moment you walk through the door, every detail – from the antique sourced lighting through to the handmade kitchen – will allow you to escape into your own Italian haven.


Located in the Ascoli Piceno province of Le Marche and with a total of 400 residents, Il Riposo is situated in a beautiful medieval hamlet, and is an idealistic setting to explore nearby blue flag beaches and the Sibillini mountains. Investment in this luxurious property through fractional ownership offers second home buyers a one tenth share in the property, Michael Hobbs co-founder of Appassionata comments;

‘When people look to buy their dream second home, finding a luxury property that gives you the perfect balance of serenity for your annual escape – without the worry of management and upkeep for when you’re not there – can be difficult to find, but this is why fractional property ownership offers the best of both worlds.

‘On average, a holiday homeowner will only use their property for 40 separate nights but will pay for the entire year. We created our model to offer a true solution to holiday home purchasers who want to own the weeks they are actually going to use, without the stress of having to look after and maintain the property, giving our owners the time to connect deeply with the environment and culture of real Italy.’

Il Riposo is the fourth project Appassionata has launched since 2010 and is available at the special price of £90,000, for a one tenth fractional share with five weeks’ residency every year. With 36 satisfied owners, Appassionata is urging those looking to become second home buyers to explore this proven and ethical method of ownership. Michael comments further;


‘Brexit has brought some uncertainty to potential British purchasers of EU based holiday homes, with some no doubt delaying a purchase decision until things are clearer. The Appassionata Fractional Ownership model is an ideal solution during these more uncertain times. With multiple owners from the USA, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, China and Europe it is clear that our model is an ideal solution to owners who already live outside of the EU.’

Appassionata was born from the hearts and minds of successful entrepreneur Michael Hobbs, his wife, established interior designer, Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs and their family. They created this business as a way of sharing their love of Italy with a discerning and select group of people. Travelling to the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy in 2004, Dawn and Michael discovered a combination of un-spoilt countryside, sea, mountains and an incredible quality of life – they instantly knew that they had found a part of the world that they wanted to call home.

They share a vision to create something magical, reflecting their life experiences and incorporating their strong family values.

For more information on the property or to arrange a discovery trip, visit the website at or contact Appassionata at 0039 3315413225