Pied à Terre Juliet: a lovely, fully restored apartment in an old stone house nestled in the old town of Arpino, a beautiful hilltop medieval town just 90 minutes from Rome. A perfect pied-à-terre for a weekend or a long quiet vacation.
The apartment enjoys panoramic views and can be reached via a ramp of romantic stone steps that wind through the narrow medieval alleys to the apartment's separate arched stone entrance. The front door opens into an atrium from which you can access the bright and airy bedroom. A sofa bed would be ideal for this setting. The house is complemented by a modern, good-sized bathroom with a built-in shower and a well-appointed modern kitchen with space for a dining table for two. The heating is autonomous.
Absolutely recently restored, this pied-à-terre is a little gem. And, as an added bonus, across the street there is a cellar department store. Here you can store the wine accumulated during visits to the local vineyards, your own stem of olive oil, a Vespa to buzz around the local cities on the hill - or really all your personal possessions if you want to rent the property when you don't use it.
Pied à Terre Juliet is only a few minutes walk from the main square and restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and amenities -- even for free public parking. Arpino has excellent road access to the freeway and the main Rome/Napoli highway. Less than a 90-minute drive takes you to the heart of Rome or Rome's main international airport in Fiumicino. Ciampino's second airport is only an hour away.
Energy rating: G
ARPINO AND CIOCIARIA
Arpino, of Saturnie origin, was a very important fortified city of the Volsci, The Sannites and the Romans. This is evidenced by the imposing cyclo-pecological walls from which opens a door to acute sixth, unique in Europe. In 188 BC he obtained full Roman citizenship; the city expanded the territory, with Caio Mario the Arpinas ager enriched himself with possessions in Gaul. For centuries, since the early Middle Ages, it was the domain of numerous lords before being permanently part, after long disputes with the papacy, of the Kingdom of Naples.
Until the unity of Italy has been thriving for the wool industry. Among the churches are that of St. Michael Archangel (sec. X), which preserves works by the Cavalier d'Arpino, of the Caravaggio School. In the church of St. Mary of Civita (sec. Xl) is guarded the wooden statue of the Assumption (sec. X-XI), particularly
revered by the arpinates. The Monastery of St. Andrew the Apostle, one of the oldest Benedictine cloistered monasteries in the area, houses an ancient oil crucifix, under which a medieval specimen of a painted cross depicting the triumphant Christ on death has been found.
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 commute takes you to the enchanting beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east, and the mountains of Abruzzo National Park await you with horseback trekking in the magnificent beeps, and sparkling lakes and mountain rivers where you can bathe 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 will get to the winter ski slopes.
Ciociaria remains largely a pristine gem with beautiful landscapes and medieval villages atop the hills. A house or second home in Ciociaria, in the hilly towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the gentle countryside that surrounds 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 crowded crowds of big tourist cities, despite being less than ninety minutes' drive from the center of Rome.
VIA ROMANA Srls and the real ESTATE CINELLI agency
Via Romana Srls is an Italian-owned company owned by a British/Australian accountant and her daughter photographer, and offers a package of services to facilitate all aspects of the purchase and restoration of Italian properties by foreign clients. The Via Romana team works in collaboration with various licensed Italian real estate agencies, including the Cinelli Real Estate Agency. The cinelli Real Estate agency aims to identify unique buildings with exceptional locations in the beautiful Ciociaria region, including apartments, historic houses, villas, palaces and farmhouses. Some of these properties have already been renovated while others need to be restored. The agency Cinelli Immobiliare also provides reliable and complete renovations focused on the appropriate use of original materials, such as stone, wood and wrought iron, taking advantage of more than 40 years of experience in the restoration of their partner company Cinelli Claudio Restauri and their technical office, directed by Ing. Valentina Cinelli.