86 km - 53 miles
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86 km - 53 miles
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*Please note distances are straight line measurements and are approximate
Casa della Torre takes its name from its exceptional characteristic: the incorporation of a medieval watchtower into the structure. A charming and unusual 400 sqm house dating back in part to the Middle Ages, surrounded by beautiful gardens but low maintenance, has been enlarged and completely restored by the current owners, one of whom was an architect. After the fitting out of the main bathroom, the house includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a powder room.
A charming entrance hall leads through an archway to a study and then through the rustic Tuscan style kitchen and family dining room, a nice large and cosy room with working fireplace and wide views of the valley. There is a bathroom, several cellars, storage and work areas and also an integral garage with access from inside the house.
From the atrium, a staircase with a beautiful wrought iron railing leads to the main living areas. On this upper floor, which benefits from even better views than the lower floor, there are two bedrooms (one with a small balcony), a large bathroom tiled in an attractive way, a kitchen with a small kitchen, a dining room and the center of the house, a large circular living room (with fireplace) created by the tower. The circular appearance of this room is emphasized by a beautiful decorative element with wooden beams in the shape of a ray set into the ceiling.
From the living room, the pretty wooden stairs curve up to the highest level of the tower, which could make a wonderful private retreat into the master bedroom. From the small entrance hall at the top of the stairs, you can access any of the three parts of the main suite. There is a very large bedroom, with a panoramic view of the valley through the city at the top of the hill and the mountains beyond from its semicircle of windows. There is another room (currently unfitted), which could easily become a nice master bathroom. And there is a private roof terrace, overlooking the garden.
Due to the slope of the ground, the upstairs dining room opens at ground level to a spacious covered terrace, ideal for summer dining, with an open grill integrated with a vacuum cleaner.
There is also an outdoor terrace with magnificent views of the medieval town of Arpino, at the top of the hill, with space to build a pizza oven if desired, an open garden of grass and trees (where a small swimming pool could be located), a landscaped area with flowerbeds, an old well and a pond. The stairs lead down past a strawberry bed on the lower level, where there is a large garden shed and the driveway (well planted with hydrangeas, lavender and many other flowering bushes). The garden benefits from many mature trees and although it looks large and wide thanks to its excellent landscape, it is actually very manageable in size.
The house has excellent access, being close to the main road from Arpino down into the valley, but is just outside on a small, quiet and secluded country road, although it is only a few minutes drive (or about 15 minutes walk) from Arpino . Rome and its international airports are only 90 minutes by car.
Many of the accessories and furnishings can be included in the purchase.
Energy classification: G
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Arpino is one of the major medieval cities on top of the area of Italy called Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that lies south of Rome but north of Naples, located inland among the hills in the heart of Italy.
The Ciociaria region 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 trip takes you to the beautiful beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await you with horseback riding in the magnificent beech forests and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the summer heat. And at the other end of the temperature, although the Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour's drive takes you to the winter ski slopes.
Often overlooked, both by tourists and foreigners looking for an Italian home, in favour of the more advertised regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Ciociaria remains for the most part an unspoilt jewel with beautiful scenery and medieval hilltop towns. A house or second home in the Ciociaria, in the hilly towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or the gentle countryside surrounding them, will offer you an environment where over two thousand years of history combine with an idyllic Italian rural lifestyle, where you can still discover the "real" Italy and take time off from the crowds of the larger tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes away from the centre of Rome or one of Rome's two airports.