Arpino is one of the hill towns is in the Ciociaria region south of Rome.
It's the birthplace of Cicero, the orator, the Roman statesman, Caius Marius and was the home of the painter, Giuseppe Cesari,who was also know as the Cavaliere d'Arpino, so there are many reminders of these personalities and their life and times in the area. The town also has personal associations as my husband's two younger sisters were educated at a convent boarding college there. Whenever we drive there I think of my late mother-in-law, who was then widowed, who used to walk there and back home so that she could see her daughters. Half the distance there was uphill, but that was normal for any country person not so long ago.
The town buildings are built on the two hills and we've walked with our family to the highest point, been there when there have been cultural festivals and markets in the Summer and, as in this photo above, during the Spring break.
Freesias - I love them and their perfume.
Lemons growing in the drive of the town police station.