A few steps from the center of the village of…
Arpino, FR, Latium, Italie
Casa al Castello is a charming and elegant 17th century stone house situated on top of the historic hill town of Arpino, completely renovated and habitable. Exceptional feature is the panoramic view from two terraces, one of which is designed as a winter veranda with installation of special windows and excellent road access with free parking adjacent.
An exceptional opportunity is the possibility to buy an adjacent and terraced olive grove / orchard (420sqm.) with breathtaking views over the valley. A dining gazebo can be easily built here with an outdoor kitchen and possible installation of a swimming pool. An old hand carved entrance door leads you into the property, precisely into an open and spacious living area, with to the left an area designed to be the kitchen, with a double washbasin carved in stone and for a traditional Italian grill.
The living area has a large wood-burning fireplace and a door leading to one of the two large terraces that are the most remarkable feature of the property, offering an exceptional view of Arpino with an unusual degree of privacy. The back of this lower terrace is located under the upper terrace; the seller proposes to place sliding glass screens in this section, so you can enjoy the view all year round. Proceeding again through the living room, in the opposite direction to the kitchen, we enter a hallway with a dressing room on the left, main bathroom on the right and proceeding forward to a spacious and bright master bedroom suite.
The lower floor is covered with old terracotta tiles and ceilings with chestnut wood beams. Going up the stairs we find ourselves in a beautiful parquet loft, designed to be used as a study, which opens in an attractive way on the upper terrace. From here we can access to the right a bedroom, located under a characteristic sloping roof, with a small room with skylight designed to be laundry area, bathroom or relax with bath, while on the left another bedroom, always with sloping roof and dimensions similar to the previous one. In front of the top of the stairs there is another bathroom, and just to its left the door of the upper terrace, with even more amazing view than the lower one, on the hilly landscape and the center of the village.
Arpino is one of the major medieval hill towns of Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that lies south of Rome but north of Naples, located in the hilly hinterland in the heart of Italy. The Ciociaria is easily accessible from Rome and Naples and their 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, by car to the east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await you with horse trekking in the magnificent beech woods, and sparkling lakes and mountain rivers where you can bathe in the heat of summer. And at the other extreme of the temperature, even if Arpino himself is temperate, less than an hour’s drive you reach the winter ski slopes.
Often overlooked, both by tourists and foreigners looking for an Italian home, in favor of the most publicized regions of Tuscany and Umbria, the Ciociaria remains largely a pristine pearl with beautiful landscapes and medieval villages on top of the hills. A house or second home in Ciociaria, in the hill towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the gentle countryside surrounding them, will offer you an environment where over two thousand years of history are combined with an idyllic Italian rural lifestyle, where you can still discover the “real” Italy and take some free time from the crowded crowd of big tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes away from the center of Rome or one of the two airports of Rome.