Completely renovated in 2008 to an exceptionally high standard, Villa Magna offers a cool, stylish take on modern living, while set in serene Italian countryside just outside the ancient hilltop town of Arpino, conveniently positioned for all the many amenities Arpino has to offer. Many of the elegant furnishings could also be available for sale by separate contract and many fittings are included.
While the house is currently presented as a classic two-level home, with common living space upstairs and bedrooms below, one of the lower floor bedrooms has been discreetly plumbed and wired so it may become a kitchen if desired, thus allowing the house to be changed very easily into two separate apartments. Both levels have independent entry doors and there is an attractive fireplace on each level. In total, there are three beautiful marble bathrooms and a powder room
Roman beige travertine floor tiles flow throughout the house. The semi-open plan design leads you effortlessly from room to room, each area having its own identity yet opening seamlessly into the next, creating a feel of light and space. Expansive bookshelves with recessed lighting give character to the large dining room, while an inbuilt decorated glass panel forms a stunning divide between the wide entrance hall and the sitting room. An elegant large fully-fitted modern kitchen, with granite bench tops and appliances wrapping around three walls, ensures that both entertaining and family dining are easy and enjoyable. The kitchen opens into the living and dining areas inside the house, and also accesses easily the various outside entertaining areas around the property. The lounge room leads on to the adjoining terrace via two sets of French doors. A "termocamino" log fireplace provides a focal point for the living area, while newly-installed gas central heating provides heating and hot water. Breathtaking views extend over the valley and beyond to the mountain range.
A wood-fired pizza oven in the garden completes the possibilities for hosting magnificent parties for extended family, friends and guests - or just relaxing for a quiet family dinner in the warmth of an Italian summer evening. The terraces are lit and attractively finished with flower beds, retaining walls and steps. There is a large wood store where garden equipment can also be stored and an even larger above-ground cellar.
The 2,800 sq.mt. garden, terraced down the hillside, is a lush and fertile paradise. Once owned by a professional gardener, this home is surrounded by mature trees, many fruit trees including cherry, fig, mandarin, lemon, peach and pear, as well as enough olive trees to harvest and make your own olive oil! There is ample space to put in an infinity swimming pool, positioned for a perfect view over the valley - due west for the evening sunset.
The fully-fenced property is accessed by a short private hard-surface drive with electric gates and a covered carport. Other houses can be glimpsed but are not intrusive, giving a private and secluded feel to the property without it being isolated.
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 and CASE & CASALI REAL ESTATE AGENCY
Via Romana Srls is an Italian-incorporated company owned by a British/Australian Chartered Accountant and her photographer daughter, 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 works in collaboration with various fully-licensed Italian real estate agencies including Case & Casali Real Estate Agency represented by Sig. Ciro Tomei. Sig. Tomei has been enrolled in the register of real estate agents at the Chamber of Commerce in Frosinone, Lazio since 2007 and has much experience in the international marketing of Italian real estate.
- All utilities connected; ready for immediate occupancy
- Elegant restoration in 2008 has created a beautiful villa set in 2,800 sq.mt. of gated grounds
- Beautiful modern kitchen fully fitted with high quality appliances
- Travertine marble flooring, two log fireplaces, a hand-crafted glass panel are among the many feaures
- Many lit and tiled terraces for al fresco dining
- Wood fired pizza oven for outdoor entertaining
- 5 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms; possibility of creating a self-contained guest unit
- Gardens with flowering bushes, fruit trees and olive groves
- Ample space for a swimming pool
- Panoramic views stretching over the valley to the distant mountains of the Abruzzo National Park
- Excellent road access; car port; tranquil without being isolated
- Only 90 minutes to Rome and Rome's airport
- A few minutes drive to shops, restaurants, cafés and all services