Saturday, 27 August 2016

Italian Project Part II

This is the the second blog post about Casa Colle, the 18th centuary Italian townhouse in ancient Arpino, that we fell in love with earlier this spring (you can read more about Arpino and the house HERE!).

It was finally time to go back to beautiful Arpino and check on the progress of the renovations of Casa Colle. We were excited to say the least to come back and spend a week in our new hoods south of Rome. We were very happy with the results and deeply impressed with the skills, passion and attention to details that our builder Claudio and his team puts into the project. Everything seems to be going according to plan (or slightly ahead of original plan) and hopefully the final details will be ready by End of September when we return for the next inspection. We plan to have our furniture and some art moved down from Sweden in October and spend November as well as Christmas in our new Italian home - YAY!

This time we combined 4 days in Arpino with a trip to Naples and exploring the neighbouring little towns, while doing some work for new and old RED CITY PR clients at the same time. Business and pleasure mixed up, as we like it.
Beautiful Arpino!
We spent a day in the neighbouring city Veroli and walked the narrow streets of this luttle town.
A beautiful square in Veroli

The main town in the area is Sora, this is were we go for administration and legal stuff.
During our days in Arpino we managed to get our code fiscale (Italian social security number), open bank accounts, fix insurances, select all the lamps for the house as well as all kithcen appliences. And we had several meetings with our builder Claudio to go through the details of the renovation and make decisions on colours for walls, placing of lamps etc.

While waiting for our own Casa Colle to be finished we stay here, at the charming hotel Il Cavillier d'Arpino, located in a stunning palazzio.
The roof tops of Arpino

Arpino by night
The sunsets are truly spectacular!
Casa Colle was built back in 1700 and has now been fully resored and updated. The facade is still the original one but it has been inforced and earthquake secured.
The beautiful entrance door (still some renovations to be done on the door)

Entry to the house and where the dining room with views over the valley and kitchen will be located.
First floor lounge space with a beautiful arch and original and restored stone walls. The roofs are chestnut wood.
Stairs on the second floor and an original baking oven in the wall as a historic feature that will be lit up by spots.

This will be the master bedroom and the old built in cabinet will be restored.
Details: floors in terracotta tiles lined with marble, stairways in light oak and original 18th centuary stone walls all captured in the same picture.

Top floor will consist of a guest room and a lounge with this great view

Top floor with a small balcony...
...and a big terrace. Here Patrick is with our real estate agent Alison.
Many new friends, here we are with our builder Claudio and his family, our real estate agent with daugther and Jennie from Cape Town. A big Italian family that we enjoy many lunches and dinners with.

Introducing our neighbours and friends Connie and Peter. They are from Texas and have restored a beautiful palazzio and make their own wine, brilliant!
After Arpino we drove down to Naples where we found arches and patios like in Marrakech

Naples, the mall that is looking just like the famous one in Milan.
Our Italian friend Alfonso took us to Pizzeria Brandi, where the world's first pizza was made in 1780.
One last stop at a vineyard outside Rome and then it was time to head back to Marrakech.

Now we will face a busy month with work in Sweden and Morocco, but in one month we will return to (hopefully) check on the final result of the renovation of Casa Colle.
Ciao from Napoli!
Arrivederci Italia!

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