5 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Alvito, Frosinone, Lazio
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- A formerly magnificent, rather romantic 950 sq.mt. palazzo dating from the 14th century
- Sweeping panoramic views across the valley to the distant mountains
- Beautiful courtyard gardens with fountains and statues
- Several levels of balconies and roof terraces provide stunning vistas out over the valley
- Many al fresco dining areas
- Many charming original features including a metal gauntleted hand grasping a handrail
- Splendid large rooms, some still decorated, others requiring redecoration
- Only minutes' walk from cafés, restaurants, shops and service establishments
- Excellent road access; nearby free public car parking
- Huge stone vaulted cellars
There are many large rooms (some still decorated and others in need of repainting), two small internal courtyards (one with a serving hatch into what was formerly a kitchen and indeed could again be fitted out as a lovey summer kitchen for al fresco dining), and another larger courtyard. All these gardens are beautiful secret hide-aways for relaxation on a summer afternoon. And then, in addition to the courtyard gardens, several levels of balconies and roof terraces provide stunning vistas out over the valley and incredible venues for both family dining and entertaining.
Charming original features abound, including a metal gauntleted hand grasping a handrail on one of the flights of stone steps, a delightful wrought-iron look-out constructed on the highest terrace and many fountains and statues in the courtyards.
A short flight of stone steps leads down into the main street of the little hilltop town and so the palazzo is an extremely convenient location for Alvito's many delightful little cafés, restaurants and shops. Banks, hairdressers, a post office, all necessary service operations, etc., are all only a couple of minutes walk away.
The property is completed by large stone cantinas (cellars) dating from even earlier centuries than the palazzo itself.
The property has excellent road access and there is nearby public parking and a petrol station.
Energy classification G
SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF THE PALAZZO
This palazzo has been inhabited by a branch of the noble Castrucci family since the end of the 1200s. In particular, Marco Petruchio took up residence here in 1329 following his exile from Lucca as a result of the wars between the Guelfi and Ghibellines. Marco Petruchio received the title of Conte (Count) della Garfagnana in 1326 and then the following year in 1327 was created Duca (Duke) di Castelnuovo by the Emperor Ludovico of Bavaria. The descendants of his family have lived in Alvito ever since then and throughout the centuries have helped both to influence and to record the history of the area. For instance, Giovan Paolo Mattia Castrucci (1575 - 1633) is remembered for having written the first treatise on the history of the Duchy of Alvito in 1599. The Castrucci were the principal family in the town owning vast rural and urban tracts of land in addition to this thirteenth century palazzo. From the late eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century, the palazzo was owned in turn by Valerio and his son Vincenzo, the final descendants of the family, each of whom studied medicine and became well-respected doctors. This beautiful and elegant building today is a living testament reflecting an era of historical and cultural splendour.
ALVITO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Alvito 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 Alvito 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 Alvito, 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), 96.3 miles
- Capodochino (International), 99.7 miles
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