Get to Know Us
Our Vision, Our Founder, Our Eco-Statement
Our Vision: An eco-touristic village combining commercial entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
While we are primarily a business, profit is not the only reason we exist. We are here to help people live their dreams and build their wealth. This purpose activates us and motivates us.
While making money is of course essential for the vitality and sustainability of our business, our focus is about improving the lives of the people that we connect with along the way by creating a win-win situation.
We want to create and optimize value for all our investors, visitors, local community, employees, partners, and vulnerable groups this will lead us to a healthy, sustainable, resilient business.
Through of a series of exciting investments, investors can not only make a profit, but enjoy the investment, eg) holiday weeks at the Borgo, and at the same time know that their investment is helping others.
Our guests can purchase local products direct from the producers and interact with locals directly providing a rich cultural experience. At our on-site conference center, they can attend courses to facilitate personal growth eg) dealing with personal issues, health and well-being, etc.
Local businesses can sell directly to our visitors, generating more profit by cutting out the middle man. This experience enhances their lives and business as they have new cultural exchanges, and evolve their business.
Employees & Partners
We will promote and maximise their individual skill set to not only help themselves and the Borgo, but also the community at large.
We are working with different vulnerable groups to help them participate in the community in a way that works for them.
About our Founder: Nikki Di Girolamo
Nikki Di Girolamo fell in love with both Italy and property investment in the 1990’s and has established herself as a international property developer and media personality, and most recently as a social entrepreneur. She’s been sharing her passions ever since, helping people live their dreams and build their wealth.
SInce 2004, Nikki has founded 5 successful real estate companies in Italy and the US, and is known for her expertise in identifying property markets that offer significant return on investment.
In 2009 Nikki realised that she wanted to do more than just make money – she wanted to make a difference. Abruzzo Borgo has been conceived and developed as a way of investing in the fundamentals of Italy – wine, olives, history and beauty – and reviving the economy of Abruzzo.
The Abruzzo Borgo, her latest project, combines Nikki’s experience in property development, as well her inherent respect for nature, and desire to see those around her reach their potential. A eco-touristic village in the heart of Italy, the Abruzzo Borgo not only offers profitable investments for property and equity owners, but creates a symbiotic business ecosystem where investors, visitors, the local community, employees, business partners, and vulnerable groups come together, contributing to each other’s financial and personal well-being.
The success of Nikki’s past and current businesses makes her sought out to speak at investor conferences throughout Europe and the US. She has appeared on the UK television programs ‘Place in the Sun’ and ‘I Want That House’, and the popular US program, ‘House Hunters’.
Originally from the UK, Nikki has lived in Abruzzo, Italy for 23 years. Fluent in Italian and English, her personal and business experience gives her a solid cross-cultural understanding of property investor requirements across the European and US markets.
Eco-Statement: Playing our part in environmental sustainability and green living.
In today’s world, sustainability is very important. From energy saving techniques to supporting local producers, we pioneer a sustainable lifestyle.
Immersed in a natural environment, somewhat removed from the environmentally harmful tendencies that are increasingly affecting urban areas, we understand how crucial it is for us to ensure that we are environmentally responsible. Not only this, we want to have a positive effect on our community, on the nature that surrounds us and on our fellow inhabitants. There are several ways that we intend – and have already started – to do this.
Recycling: This plays a huge part in our eco-responsibility at many levels. Not only do we recycle everyday waste (from feeding food waste to the animals, to recycling paper, plastic and glass), but we also reuse materials in our construction work. We keep hold of any ‘old’ materials and incorporate them into our new work. E.g. we have used the stones and bricks from old farmhouses to construct our ‘Zone A’ apartments and have plenty left for the rest of construction.
Animals: We have a lot of animals at the Borgo! Sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits… We use their manure for the land, their products for nourishment (e.g. fresh eggs daily), and the sheep act as grass cutters! When the development is up and running, children and adults will be able to connect with the animals (e.g. taking the goats for walks). The animals will be free to roam in the olive groves, but will not interfere with anyone’s personal space, in the case that you do not wish to interact with them!
Rustic Activities: Guests and homeowners, should they so wish, will be able to participate in agricultural activities, such as shearing sheep by hand, milking goats and sheep, wine making olive picking, and weaving etc., enabling them understand and connect better with the land and surroundings.
Photovoltaic System: Making the most of the Abruzzo sun, we use photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity.
Rainwater Harvesting: We collect rainwater for water irrigation.
Organic Gardening: There is an organic vegetable garden at the Borgo, which provides delicious, local produce for the residents and guests.
Bicycles: Bikes are available on the property for those who wish to use them as an alternative to cars. There’s nothing nicer than biking into Alanno on a sunny morning for some freshly baked bread and croissants!
We are currently in the process of planning a series of environmental conservation projects for the site, for example:
Making good use of our beautiful lake, we are looking into implanting geothermal lake loops – to control our thermal energy all year round – as well as the possibility of constructed wetlands.
In our small woodland area, we have plans to create tree houses, as well as other natural structures, offering a chance for everybody in the Borgo to escape to a little woodland haven and be at one with nature.