Casa Torretta is a large and evocative dwelling in a romantic setting of olive groves and gardens just outside the medieval village of Arpino. Built on the ridge of a hill, the property enjoys great views of hills and valleys in every direction.
A large villa of 260 square meters. In a rather romantic setting of olive groves and gardens, Casa Torretta is positioned on the ridge of a hill with magnificent views. Large living/dining room with large wood-burning fireplace, large covered porch terrace with high arches that open to the garden.
Ground floor: a large living room/dining room with a large wood-burning fireplace, a kitchen and a large covered porch terrace with large arches that open to the garden.
Upstairs: It currently has five rooms (most of which open onto wraparound balconies) plus a bathroom, but it would be easy to convert one of the rooms into a second bathroom. Currently there are unresoled attic rooms with bark windows. There is a large separate outbuilding of 70 square meters. which could be restored and converted into additional accommodation if desired.
The garden has ample space for a swimming pool (after obtaining the necessary consents). A beautiful vine-covered pergola provides shade for outdoor meals. The house is located in one hectare (10,000 square meters) of land and is accessed by a fenced entrance and a wide driveway through the olive groves.
Casa Torretta is just a few minutes' drive from Arpino, a hilltop medieval town with shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and amenities, just ninety minutes from Rome and Rome's main airport. Rome's second airport in Ciampino is even closer, about an hour's drive away. The house needs extensive modernization and some renovations.
ARPINO AND CIOCIARIA
Arpino is one of the largest medieval cities in the Italian hilly area called Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that is located south of Rome but north of Naples, located inland, on the hills in the heart of Italy.
The Ciociaria 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 drive will take you to the lovely beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, you can drive east, and the mountains of Abruzzo National Park await you with horseback trekking in the magnificent beeps, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the heat of summer. And at the other end of the temperature, even if Arpino himself is temperate, less than an hour's drive takes you to the winter ski slopes.
Often overlooked, by both tourists and foreigners looking for an Italian home, in favor of the more publicized regions of Tuscany and Umbria, the Ciociaria remains largely a pristine gem, with beautiful landscapes and medieval cities atop the hills. A house or a second house in Ciociaria, in the hilly villages of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the gentle countryside that surround them, it will offer a scenario 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 crowded crowds of large tourist cities, while finding you less than ninety minutes of travel from the center of Rome or one of the two airports of Rome.