MONTE ASPRANO ON YOUTUBE
The structure dates from the beginning of the 19th century and has 9 bedrooms each with their own en-suite bathroom. The Country house is surrounded by three hectares of land with the drystone wall terraces characteristic of this area. In the summer, meals are served on the terrace with a spectacular view of the Castle of the Counts of Aquino, the birthplace of Saint Thomas, and in the winter in traditional style rooms with a fireplace. A play area is available for children.
what do we offer?
Trekking: those who like walking can take advantage of numerous walks in this area, one of the most spectacular is through one of the most beautiful and unspoilt gorges of Lazio which begins at the small town of Roccasecca and links it to the Comino valley. The flora of this valley is characterized by a micro-climate of a marine type (holm-oak, turpentine-tree, Judas tree, juniper); at the highest levels hornbea and unusual species of oak are to be found, and rare species of birds of prey nest in the area (hawk, kite); Rock climbing: for those keen on rock climbing, above the village of Caprile, the rock face of Monte Asprano (Braciere dei poveri) is a magnificent training ground; the ideal period for this sport is between October and March. Archaeological and historical sites: it is possible to enjoy numerous itineraries of great historical and artistic interest in beautiful settings, the archaeological sites in the area can be visited by booking through the agriturismo. Festivals: the Blues festival of Isola del Liri at the beginning of July, opera season in the Abbey of Casamari during August, the Severino Gazzelloni International festival of classical music at Roccasecca at the beginning of September.
How to get here
• By car from Rome and Naples by the A1 (E45) ,motorway. Leave the motorway at the Pontecorvo exit and follow the signs for Castrocielo, cross the village, turn left and follow the signs for the Agriturismo Monte Asprano; • By train, directly from the station of Roccasecca scalo on the Rome-Frosinone-Cassino line; • By plane, from Naples Capodichino airport, or the airports of Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino.
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
WHERE WE ARE
Monte Asprano country house is situated in the Comune of Roccasecca (frazione San Francesco). Roccasecca, which today forms part of the Province of Frosinone, lies at the same distance from Rome and Naples (just under 100 km). The central location of the area is demonstrated by the fact that it is crossed by the main roads and rail line linking Lazio and Campania (Autostrada del Sole, via Casilina and the Rome-Caserta railway). The area will soon become part of a large nature reserve. Roccasecca lies just a few kilometres from the NationalPark of the Abruzzo, a spectacular place which includes a number of ski resorts.The Tyrrhenian sea and the beautiful coastal towns of Gaeta and Sperlonga are only about 50 minutes drive away.
This area has remained untouched by modern industrial development and has conserved almost intact natural landscapes of extraordinary beauty; the Melfi valley, the lake of Fibreno and the Canneto valley. In the immediate vicinity of our, Monte Asprano is an atmospheric place with its tranquil walks through the mediterranean vegetation and the medieval castles of Roccasecca (the birth place of Saint Thomas of Aquino) and of Castrocielo. Monte Asprano, or more precisely Monte Sant’Angelo in Asprano, is a spur of the western slopes of Monte Cairo (1669 m), similar to that on the southern edge of the latter which is dominated by the Abbey of Montecassino. To the north, Monte Asprano is separated from the spectacular Appennine mountains of Monti della Meta (2241 m) and of the Mainarde by the Comino valley, while to the south lies the Liri valley, separated from the coast by the Ausonian and Auruncan mountains. From ancient times, this valley has been one of the two main routes which link Rome with Naples and central Italy with southern Italy. The other is the coastal route, the Via Appia, which crosses the Pontine plain. Historically, the Liri river has often been a political and cultural boundary. As early as the 4th century BC it represented the frontier between the Romans and the Samnites, then until the 19th century between the Kingdom of Naples and the Papal State. This part of southern Lazio formed part of the Kingdom of Naples from medieval times, a fact which can still be seen today in some local traditions and the local dialect. It is not surprising, therefore, that from ancient times to the present day this territory has been a place where different peoples and cultures have met - both on a hostile and a friendly basis. Not by chance, the nearby town of Cassino was the setting for one of the most important and violent battles of the 2nd World War. Civilizations of every period have left a profound and lasting mark on this area: from the pre-Roman centres of the Volscian, Ernican and Samnite peoples with their striking Cyclopean walls (Alatri and Arpino), to medieval monasteries, including the oldest and most important monastery of Europe (Montecassino), to beautiful Cistercian abbeys (Casamari and Fossanova), and picturesque Renaissance and Baroque centres such as Arpino.