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2 bedroom apartment for sale


Italy - Lazio, Frosinone, Arpino

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Key features:

  • Home of the famous artist, the 'Cavalier d'Arpino'
  • Original ceiling fresco dating from the 1600s
  • Hand-painted 17thC terracotta floor tiles
  • Panoramic view from windows and balcony
  • Beautifully finished kitchen and bathrooms
  • Possibility of installing private lift to street level
  • Telephone and TV
  • Mains water & sewage, electricity connected
  • Town gas and central heating
  • Option to lease private courtyard garden

Full description:

Casa Giuseppe Cesari

Built in the early 1600's this beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is located on the 3rd (top) floor of one of Arpino's most prestigious and historically important palazzos.

The famous artist Giuseppe Cesari, called "the Cavalier of Arpino" because he was created Cavaliere di Cristo by his patron Pope Clement VIII, was born in Arpino in 1568. At 14 years of age he moved to Rome to study painting where he later enjoyed an illustrious career. Amongst many other works he designed the fine mosaics on the cupola of St Peter's Basilica in Rome and he was also Master to the young apprentice Caravaggio.

By 1600 Cesari had become the most famous painter in Rome and early in the 1600's he bought this unfinished palazzo at the entrance to Arpino, which he commissioned the great Flaminio Ponzio, architect of the Villa Borghese in Rome, to complete. Today Arpino is very fortunate to have some of Cesari's beautiful, religious-themed works in its many churches.

Recently restored and tastefully renovated, the apartment occupies the 3rd (top) floor of this historically important palazzo. It features vaulted rooms, one decorated with a beautiful restored fresco, which scholars believe was most likely painted by Cesari's son, Muzio, as well as old terracotta and elegant oak parquetry flooring throughout.

Located at Fuori Porta, one of the original gates to the town of Arpino, there is ample car parking in the street below, and the apartment enjoys direct access via a romantic cobbled stone entrance lane and flight of stone stairs. In the plans of the apartment, there is also a designated space for a installation of a lift opening directly on to the street adjacent to the car parking. The meeting hub of the town, Piazza Municipio, is only 150 meters away, and there are shops, cafes & bars very close by. There is the option to lease a stone-walled courtyard with a covered area within the palazzo grounds to create a private outdoor garden.

The front door leads directly into an entrance room, with a high vaulted ceiling and an original 17th century plaster cornice centre-piece. There is ample space here to create a second sitting room or a lovely breakfast room with a magnificent view seen to advantage through wood and glass French doors.

The spacious main salon, currently configured as a living/dining room, has a stunningly decorated vaulted ceiling depicting the mythological tale of Thetis dipping her baby son Achilles in the waters of the River Styx. Blue silk upholsters the walls and there are two sets of French doors leading to a long balcony, making it possible to enjoy unsurpassed views across the entire valley and mountain ranges. The floor of this elegant room is tiled with 17th century maiolica (hand-painted terracotta) tiles.

A compact but well designed travertine marble kitchen can be closed off by oak and glass doors.

The large master bedroom also features a vaulted ceiling, old terracotta floors and a very handsome marble ensuite.

A few wooden steps lead up from the salon into a smaller room with wood-beamed ceilings and built-in cupboards, ideal as a study or TV room. Another full marble bathroom opens off this room, as does a small flight of curving wooden stairs up into the second small bedroom, beautifully private and secluded and also with a wood-beamed ceiling.

A laundry and wine storage area complete this exquisitely-finished apartment.

Energy classification G


Arpino is one of the major medieval hilltop towns in the area of Italy called the Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that lies south of Rome but north of Naples, situated inland in the hills in the heart of Italy.

The Ciociaria region is within easy reach of both Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day's shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter drive brings you to the charming beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await with horse trekking in the magnificent beech forests, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the heat of the summer. And at the other extreme of temperature, although Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour's drive brings you to the winter ski slopes.

Often overlooked, both by tourists and by those foreigners in search of an Italian home, in favour of the more publicized regions of Tuscany and Umbria, the Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt gem with beautiful scenery and medieval hilltop towns. A home or second home in the Ciociaria, in the hilltop towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the rolling countryside that surrounds them, will afford 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 busy crowds of the larger tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes journey from central Rome or either of Rome's two airports.

This pin shows the general area of the property as the exact location was not given

Nearest Airports*

  • Ciampino (International), 52.9 miles
  • Capodochino (International), 63.8 miles
  • Leonardo da Vinci (International), 70.8 miles

*Distances are straight line measurements. This feature is currently in beta.

To view this property or request more details, contact
Via Vecchia Realty Limited, Arpino

Via Vignepiane 60 Arpino FR 03033 Italy
03339 390607  Local call rate
About Via Vecchia Realty Limited, Arpino

Via Vecchia Realty Ltd works in collaboration with the best local licensed Italian real estate agents to bring you a great selection of Italian homes. From grand historical palazzos, to charming stone country houses or a simple 'pied a terre' with stunning views, we can help you find your own dream home in Italy.

We have a great relationship with a variety of reliable local builders, geometras and architects who can, at your request, provide obligation-free quotations for restoration and renovation work. We also have a network of highly experienced craftsmen - builders, tilers, carpenters, electricians , plumbers and art restorers etc we can introduce you to. Potential purchasers are welcome to view examples of stunning restorations and workmanship.

Via Vecchia Realty and affiliated companies are proud to offer a package of additional services to facilitate all aspects of the purchase and restoration of Italian property by overseas clients including:
• Introduction to trusted professionals - including lawyers, geometras, structural engineers, architects and interior designers. All the ‘right’ people to ensure your experience is a positive and enjoyable one.
• Project management of restoration, redecoration and other building works
• Provision of progress reports by email, telephone or Skype as to the status of building works, redecoration and restorations carried out by any builder or tradesman;
• Housekeeping, property maintenance and cleaning services including stocking your home with your list of essential supplies prior to your arrival;
• Regular inspection of unoccupied properties with written report (often required for insurance purposes);
• The provision of certified translations of documents between English and Italian where required for legal purposes
• Assistance in travel arrangements for property inspections including transfers from/to Rome and Naples airports, local hotel bookings, local car hire, restaurant recommendations and tours of points of interest in the area.

Fees for the above services are determined by an estimate of the work and time involved, following discussion with you as to your requirements. A written binding estimate will be provided for your formal approval in advance of commencement of the work.


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