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Ceccano, Frosinone, Lazio, 03023, Italien
Palazzo Bonanome: At the highest point in the centre of the oldest part of the hill town of Ceccano, the beautiful Palazzo Bonanome – attached to the medieval Castello dei Conti – has panoramic views over the sweep of the valley far below, and in the other direction has lovely picturesque views towards the charming historic piazza.
This house with its incredible 1800’s frescoed ceilings, antique tiled floors and many other original features is immediately habitable but would benefit from modernisation to reach its full potential.
The property is divided into two wings delineated by the central sitting room: a large main living room with an antique marble fireplace and a trompe l’oeil domed wooden ceiling overlooking the palace gardens and the valley below. Next, a smaller, more intimate sitting room has a wonderful oval fresco on the ceiling. Next is an elegant study with a particularly intricate ceiling fresco. And finally, an unrestored room with a charming ceiling fresco overlooks the square. Many decades ago, honey from a beehive in the immensely thick outer stone walls of the palace could be reached from this room through a small opening in the wall – but now there is no beehive and no honey, only the legacy of history. There are street entrances in the opening of Palazzo Bonanome both in this unrestored room and in the main drawing room.
On the other side of the main drawing room, there are a row of rooms, also overlooking the valley, currently used as a dining room and a series of bedrooms. Two large inner rooms (with matching blue painted ceilings) are currently used for storage and as bathrooms.
Stone steps lead up to the kitchen which opens onto a large terrace with magnificent panoramic views of the town and valley. The ancient stone walls that form the back of the terrace rise upwards as part of the State-owned Castle of the Counts.
At the far end of the terrace is a separate, currently unused room with a fireplace and the beginning of a tunnel (now blocked) that led into the castle.
Palazzo Bonanome has medieval origins and was originally a dependency of the nearby Castle of the Counts of Ceccano. In 1523 the palace became the seat of the Governor of Ceccano. The palace was probably acquired by the Bonanome family, originally from the Milan area, in the early 1800s and has remained in their ownership to this day. The part of the Palazzo that is offered for sale is all on one level and is accessed from one of the main squares in the historical centre of Ceccano.
This is structure could become an incredibly beautiful private home or could be configured to provide prestigious luxury rental accommodation either for each of the individual rooms or as an entire flat.
Energy Classification: G
CECCANO AND CIOCIARIA
Ceccano is situated on a 214 metre high hill, the last offshoot of the Lepini Mountains to the south-east, dominating the Valle del Sacco. Before the Romans, the city was inhabited by the Volscians, a valiant people who built an acropolis on the hill with polygonal walls that can still be seen in some places.
Ceccano today is the fifth most populous city in the province of Frosinone and enjoys a very strategic position as it is easily accessible by train and car. The railway station is located in the middle of the city centre, so you can easily arrive by train and visit the city entirely on foot; arriving by car, take the A1 Frosinone exit, just a few kilometres away.
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 drive will take you to the enchanting beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, you can drive east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await you with horseback treks through magnificent beech forests, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the heat of summer.
Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt jewel, with beautiful landscapes and medieval hilltop towns. A home or second home in Ciociaria, in the hilltop towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or the rolling countryside surrounding them, will offer you a setting where over two thousand years of history combine with an idyllic rural Italian lifestyle, where you can still discover the ‘real’ Italy and take time out from the crowds of the big tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes’ drive from the centre of Rome or either of Rome’s two airports.