Casa Giacchino enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the valley…
Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio, 03033, Italien
Casa Abate is a nice flat to renovate of 65 sq.m. composed of 3 rooms, for 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. located on the first floor of a lovely stone building dating back to 1600 in the heart of one of the most historical areas of Arpino, a medieval hill town. The building is divided into four flats, one of which (Casa Roberta) is a located exactly on the upper floor. Exceptionally convenient would be to join the two flats with an internal staircase in order to have a real pied a terre. All four flats have equal rights to use the beautiful communal gardens at the rear of the property with a gated entrance. The gardens measure 650 square metres, are terraced on several levels and offer sweeping views of the valley and surrounding hills. Access to and enjoyment of such large gardens is an advantage not often enjoyed by smaller pied-à-terre flats and is therefore a particularly valuable feature for Casa abate.
The first room evolves as an entrance hall with beautiful antique painted tiles, a small adjoining room could be arranged as a kitchen. The second room, large and with windows overlooking both the garden and the view of the surrounding valley, would be ideal as a bedroom, or create a division to insert a small bright living room. There is a bathroom and another smaller room which could still accommodate another cot or be used as a storage room. The other three flats in the building are all used by the owners as their main or secondary residence and the building is in good condition. Maintenance work has recently been completed on the roof and gutters. There are no fixed annual condominium fees. When the modernisation and renovation is completed, this will be a charming, bright and spacious pied-à-terre for one person or a couple.
In the heart of the medieval streets, but a few minutes walk will take you to the main square of Arpino, with its shops, restaurants, cafes and services. And only ninety minutes by car will take you to the centre of Rome, Naples and their main international airports. Rome’s second international airport is only an hour away.
Energy Classification: G
ARPINO AND CIOCIARIA
Arpino, of Saturnian origins, was an important fortified town of the Volsci, Samnites and Romans. This is testified by the imposing Cyclopean walls from which a pointed arch door, unique in Europe, opens. In 188 B.C. it obtained full Roman citizenship; the city expanded its territory, and with Caius Marius the ager Arpinas was enriched with possessions in Gaul. For centuries, since the early Middle Ages, it was the domain of numerous lords before finally 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 is the church of San Michele Arcangelo (10th century), which houses works by Cavalier d’Arpino, of the Caravaggio School. The church of Santa Maria di Civita (10th century) houses the wooden statue of the Assumption (10th-11th century), particularly venerated by the people of Arpino.
venerated by the people of Arpino. 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.
Ciociaria is easily accessible from both Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day’s shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter journey takes you to the enchanting beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, 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 bathe in the heat of summer. And at the other end of the temperature spectrum, although Arpino itself is temperate, it is less than an hour’s drive to the winter ski slopes.
Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt gem with beautiful landscapes and medieval hilltop villages. A home or second home in Ciociaria, in the hilltop towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or the rolling countryside surrounding them, will offer you an environment where over two thousand years of history are combined 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.