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Located south of Rome, in an area known as the Ciociaria, Il Cavalier d’Arpino makes a perfect place for a relaxing stay in the Lazio countryside.  Built in the 17th century, the building has had an interesting and varied past – from flourishing wool mill to becoming an elementary school dedicated to Mussolini’s mother, from being occupied by the German Command during the Second World War, to finally being restored in the 1960’s and turned into an elegant restaurant.  In 1999, the rooms that once served as the primary classrooms were transformed into what is today the hotel.


The dining room where breakfast is served is graced with a mural depicting renowned mannerist painter, Giuseppe Cesari (1568-1640), Il Cavalier of Arpino, for whom the restaurant and hotel are named.  There are pleasant sitting rooms throughout the hotel and a tranquil flower-filled garden outdoors. Each guest room is simply furnished with wooden furniture and pleasant coordinating fabrics – the bed and bath fulfil all modern day standards of comfort and free WiFi adds to the convenience of staying connected while away.   But the real treat is when guests open their wooden window shutters.  There before you is a panoramic view of the town of Arpino, softly lit at dusk and again rekindled in a golden light at dawn.


Arpino is a quaint, cobbled hill town that can be easily explored on foot.  Birthplace to three notable Romans, Cicero, Caius Marius and Marcus Vespasian Agrippa, who built the Pantheon in Rome, the town’s Roman past is still visible in the main piazza where part of the ancient Roman road is exposed.  Further archaeological treasures are to be found nearby at the Acropolis of Civitavecchia, surrounded by commanding Cyclopean walls and the 4th century pointed Archway, the only example of this kind in the world.


All of this gives one good reason to stay at Il Cavalier d’Arpino.  Much to see.  Much to learn.  Then simply relax…

June 2012

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Hotel Il Cavaliere d'Arpino

Via Vittoria Colonna, 21, 03033 Arpino ~ Lazio, Italy

View from Hotel Il Cavalier D'Arpino ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson