A prestigious villa has been turned into a desirable apartment…
Arpino, Frosinone, 03033, Italien
Casa Riccia is a splendid independent solution in the heart of the charming medieval hilltown of Arpino just 90 minutes from Rome and Rome’s airports.
As soon as you arrive at the property you are enchanted by the porch in pebbles and stone bricks. Entering the house we find a warm and welcome living room, with terracotta bricks and dark wood-colored beams and white plaster.
The property has an open plan bright kitchenette, in the dining area you have a fireplace and on the same level a service bathroom. Going up to the second floor the floor is parquet you have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Arpino, of Saturnian origin, was a very important fortified city of the Volsci, samnites and Romans. This is demonstrated by the imposing cyclopic walls from which a pointed door opens, unique in Europe. In 188 .C. obtained full Roman citizenship; the city expanded the territory, with Caius Marius the ager Arpinas enriched himself with possessions in Gaul. For centuries, since the early Middle Ages, it has been the domain of many lords before being permanently part, after long disputes with the papacy, of the Kingdom of Naples. Until the unity of Italy it was flourishing for the wool industry. Among the churches we remember that of St. Michael the Archangel (sec. X), which preserves works by the Cavalier d’Arpino, of the Caravaggio School. In the church of Santa Maria di Civita (sec. Xl) there is the wooden statue of the Assumption (10th century X-XI), particularly
revered by the arpinates. 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 specimen of a painted cross depicting christ triumphant on death was found.
La Ciociaria is easily accessible from both Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day of shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter commute takes you to the enchanting beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, by car to the east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await you with horseback trekking in the magnificent beech forests, and sparkling lakes and mountain rivers where you can swim in the heat of summer. And at the other end of the temperature, even if Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour’s drive you get to the winter ski slopes.
La Ciociaria remains largely an unspoiled pearl with beautiful landscapes and medieval villages at the top of the hills. A house or second home in Ciociaria, in the hilltowns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the gentle countryside that surrounds 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 the big tourist cities, despite being less than ninety minutes away from the center of Rome or one of the two airports of Rome.