Fascinating countryside reality on the border between Fontana Liri and…
Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio, 03033, Italien
Casa della Torre takes its name from its exceptional feature: the incorporation of a medieval watchtower into the structure. A charming and unusual 400 sqm house dating back in part to the Middle Ages, set in beautiful but low-maintenance gardens, has been enlarged and completely restored by the current owners, one of whom was an architect. After the main bathroom has been set up, the house comprises 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and
a room with dust.
A charming entrance corridor leads through an archway to a study and then through the rustic Tuscan-style kitchen and family dining area, a beautiful large and cozy room with a working fireplace and sweeping views of the valley. There is a bathroom, various cellars, storage and work areas and also an integral garage with access from inside the house.
From the atrium, a staircase with a beautiful wrought iron railing leads to the main living areas. On this upper floor, which benefits from even better views than the lower floor, there are two bedrooms (one with a small balcony), a large, attractively tiled bathroom, a kitchen with a small kitchen, a dining room and the center of the house, a large circular living room (with fireplace) created by the tower. The circular appearance of this room is underlined by a beautiful decorative element with wooden beams in the shape of a radius set in the ceiling.
From the living room, the pretty wooden stairs bend up to the highest level of the tower, which could make a wonderful and private retreat in the master bedroom. From the small entrance hall at the top of the stairs, you can access any of the three parts of the main suite. There is a very large bedroom, with a panoramic view of the valley through the city at the top of the hill and the mountains as well as its semi-circle of windows. There
is another room (currently not fitted out), which could easily become a nice master bathroom. And there is a private roof terrace, which overlooks the garden. Due to the slope of the land, the upstairs dining room opens at ground level onto a spacious covered terrace, ideal for summer dining, with an open grill integrated with extractor fan.
There is also an outdoor terrace with a magnificent view of the medieval town of Arpino, at the top of the hill, with space to build a pizza oven, if desired, an open garden with grass and trees (where a small pool could be located ), a landscaped area with flower beds, an old well and a pond. The stairs lead down past a strawberry bed to the lower level, where there is a large garden shed and driveway (well planted with hydrangeas, lavender and many other flowering bushes). The garden benefits from many mature trees and, although it looks large and wide due to its excellent landscape, it is actually very manageable in size.
The house has excellent access, being close to the main road that from Arpino descends into the valley, but is located just outside on a small, quiet and secluded country road, despite being just a few minutes away by car (or around 15 minutes on foot) from Arpino. Rome and its international airports are just a 90-minute drive away. Many of the accessories and furnishings can be included in the purchase.
Energy classification: G
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Arpino, of Saturnie origins, was a very important fortified city of the Volscians, the Samnites and the Romans. This is testified by the imposing Cyclopean walls from which a pointed arch door opens, the only one of its kind in Europe. In 188 B.C. it obtained full Roman citizenship; the city expanded the territory, with Caius Marius the ager Arpinas became rich in possessions in Gaul. For centuries, since the early Middle Ages, it was the dominion of numerous lords before becoming part of the Kingdom of Naples after long disputes with the papacy. Until the unification of Italy it was flourishing for the wool industry. Among the churches we remember that of San Michele Arcangelo (X century), which preserves works by Cavalier d’Arpino, of the School of Caravaggio. In the church of Santa Maria di Civita (Xl century) is kept the wooden statue of the Assumption (X-XI century),
particularly worshipped by the harpinates. The Monastery of St. Andrew the Apostle, one of the oldest Benedictine cloistered monasteries in the area, houses an ancient oil crucifix, under which a medieval example of a painted cross depicting Christ triumphant over death was found.
The Ciociaria is easily accessible from Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day of shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter journey takes you to the beautiful beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await you with horse trekking in the magnificent beech forests, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can bathe in the summer heat. And at the other end of the temperature, even though Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour’s drive away you will reach the winter ski slopes. Often neglected, both by tourists and foreigners in search of an Italian home, in favour of the most advertised regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt pearl with beautiful landscapes and medieval villages on top of the hills. A house or second home in Ciociaria, in the hilly towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the gentle countryside surrounding them, will offer you an environment where over two thousand years of history combine with an idyllic Italian rural lifestyle, where you can still discover the “real” Italy and take time off from the crowded crowds of big tourist cities, even though it is less than ninety minutes away from the centre of Rome or one of Rome’s two airports.