4 bedroom house for sale
Italy - Lazio, Frosinone, Arpino
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- Two wings built around a central courtyard
- Antique floor tiles and fine wood ceilings
- Partially restored with modern wiring
- Plumbing and city gas connections
- Possibility to install a swimming pool
- Central walled garden courtyard with old well
- Ideal for a large private home:
- ...or separate apartments for family members
- ...or even as an owner/occupier B&B
- Located in the heart of the historic town centre
The Civita Falconara quarter of Arpino is very old, pre-dating the Roman period, and traces of the original Volscian settlement can still be seen in some of the oldest walls, but much of its current aspect dates to the medieval period: if you turn off its two major roads (one through the centre, the other round the edge), you can easily lose yourself in a maze of picturesque alleyways and flights of stairs. If you are lucky enough to arrive in early spring, there are cascades of wisteria, followed by glorious orange-red Virginia creeper in autumn; throughout spring and summer, almost every window ledge, balcony, and stairway edge is a riot of potted flowers. Many of the doorways are impressive stone arches, no two alike, but it is almost impossible to know what is behind them. Certainly there are grand palaces - Palazzo Battiloro, Palazzo Incagnoli, Palazzo Quadrini - but unless some door is left ajar, giving a glimpse of a vaulted entrance hall or a verdant garden, the centuries old stone facades behind their curtain of flowers remain impassive, guarding the privacy of their owners. But as the buyer of Casa Elisa, it is possible to pass through one of those doors, and enter your own private domain.
The main road through the centre of Civita runs up to the beautiful central square, Piazza S. Maria,with its ancient church, Santa Maria di Civita. Just beyond this square, you will find a long stone wall with a single door: Casa Elisa. The garden courtyard has its own well, a large covered area to the right of the entrance that would make a suitable barbecue/outside dining area, and a direct entrance to 'cantinas' or storerooms which could be turned into a wine-cellar and wine tasting area. There is enough direct sun to sunbathe if you would like, but also enough shade to remain pleasantly cool in the height of the Italian summer.
At the far end of the garden are the double arched doors of the main house. The ground floor is currently envisaged as a large, separate one bedroom apartment, with kitchen, dining room, salon, large bedroom, bathroom and entrance hall, but other layouts would be possible. To the right is the large entrance hall at the base of the grand stone staircase sweeping up to the main apartment, whose shallow treads were originally probably designed to allow the lord of the house to ride his stallion up the stairs to dismount on the upper floor (Unlike the English system, in which the grander entertaining areas are usually on the ground floor, with living quarters above, and in the old days servants at the very top, the Italian system puts the loveliest and most important rooms at the top, where they will get the best views and the most light.) The rooms on the upper floor are large and high-ceilinged: those at the front, overlooking the garden, have antique floor tiles and fine wooden ceilings. A well designed system of light-wells ensures even the rooms not opening onto the garden are bright and well-lit.
The current owner envisaged three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen dining room and a number of salons / living rooms / family rooms on this upper floor, but stopped the work at the point at which it would still be easy to extend the plumbing etc to configure the rooms in other ways. All the structural restoration has been done, the building has been plumbed, wired and prepared for connection to city gas (for the kitchen and heating), and the old tiles have been relaid in the front rooms. What is left to do is installing the kitchen and bathrooms of your choice, and choosing the finishes and flooring of the rooms at the back.
Because Civita Falconara is built on a hill-top, the land slopes steeply, so while the top floor is a storey up on the garden side, at the back it is only just above street level, and there is a back door on this floor directly onto one of the innumerable little 'vicoli' or alleyways, if you would prefer not to carry shopping up even the loveliest and most sweeping of staircases.
Partway back down the staircase, a door leads onto a raised bridge that runs below the back garden wall to join the main house to a separate building, 'the dependence', on the other side of the garden. This dependence is unrestored. It currently compromises a single room up a flight of stairs on the second floor, a single room off the garden, and two large rooms together with a large outside terrace on the first floor (which is to say, one level up from the garden) - the terrace forms the roof of the summer dining/barbecue area.
There is a separate garage, backing on to the dependence, that, although under separate ownership, might well be available for purchase should you so desire.
Energy Classification G
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
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.
Via Romana Srls
Via Romana Srls is an Italian-incorporated company and offers a package of services to facilitate all aspects of the purchase and restoration of Italian property by overseas clients. The Via Romana team comprises Alison & Katherine Holland working in collaboration with various licensed agencies including the Alfano Consulting Agency, Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso and Casantica Restauri Srl.
Alison Holland is a UK Chartered Accountant who, as an investment banker, lived and worked in various European countries, the US, Australia and Singapore, before settling in Italy. Alison has property valuation qualifications and much experience of selling high-end real estate. Katherine Holland is the photographer for the business.
The Alfano Consulting Agency is headquartered in Roccasecca and is one of the largest and most important real estate agencies in this area of Lazio. It is owned by Dottore Alfano who is the President of the Federazione Italiana Mediatori Agenti d'Affari, Frosinone.
Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso is a long-established real estate agency in Sabaudia, a beautiful coastal town with beaches and lakes, 90 kilometres south of Rome.
Casantica Restauri Srl. is owned by a highly-experienced master builder and a civil engineer, and the company specialises in all aspects of the restoration of centuries-old properties including technical design and drawings and the obtaining of all necessary authorisations, permits and registrations throughout the restoration process.
- Ciampino (International), 52.9 miles
- Capodochino (International), 63.8 miles
- Leonardo da Vinci (International), 70.8 miles
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