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Torre Settecento

Perugia | Umbria

This extraordinary property is located in the heart of Umbria: it is close to the renowned artistic and religious centres of Assisi, Spoleto, and Siena, and is well placed for easy access to Rome and Florence, as well as being served by an excellent airport. The Villa is situated high above the village, surrounded and protected by its own grounds. The original main building of the villa was constructed around a 15th century watchtower. The property belonged to the noble family of the Marquis Monaldi, who erected a large house surrounded by gardens. At the beginning of the 20th century the property passed on to the Bartocci family, and ownership then passed on to the "Congregazione di Carità di Perugia". In 1930, the Count Francesco Maria Guardabassi bought the property and summoned Ugo Tarchi, the famous Roman architect, to refurbish it. It was at this point that the villa was given the name of "Villa Torre " , and went on to become a property renowned for its luxurious appointments and natural beauty. Formal Italian gardens were designed and installed with a pond to accommodate swans. Winding pathways were cut in the park-like grounds and through the adjacent woods, and a large swimming pool was added. Farmhouses were built for the groundskeepers and other staff, modelled in the rustic Tuscan style. Greenhouses, one of them a "limonaia" (which would be an "orangerie" in France) and various useful outbuildings were also added (see separate list). Cowsheds and stables were added and the amount of farmland was increased. A two and a half mile (4km.) aqueduct was put in to ensure that all the fresh water demands that such an important house and extensive gardens would require, were met. As was the custom of the day in grand homes, a hunting reserve was created, stocked with pheasants and hares. At the beginning of WW 11, the villa was rented to the Bulgari family, the famous jewellers of Rome. As a result of the villa's renown and importance, along with its central strategic position it was used for a while as headquarters for the German Army, and later for the Allied Troops. During these two occupations the villa was stripped of most of its household furnishings and then abandoned, as happened to many similar properties across Italy. In 1989, after the house lost a loving owner, the property was bought by Maurizio Petrini, who has spent many enjoyable years returning "Villa la Torre" to its original splendour. Architect Tarchi, who took inspiration from the 16th and 17th Roman and Tuscan palaces, designed the villa, adding a dramatic front facade that looks out onto the formal gardens. From stone terraces that grace the second story you can admire the breadth of the entire property and the dramatic hillsides and farm fields beyond with a view that reaches as far as Assisi, Perugia, and Lake Trasimeno. The villa is surrounded by formal Italian gardens, a park, many fountains, a swimming pool, a pond with swans, a gazebo, a small amphitheatre, a well and a large cistern serving the aqueduct. The park-like grounds are rich with a vast variety of evergreen and deciduous trees, including box trees,ligustri laurel, and lilacs, maritime pine trees, bamboos, taxus barbassi, Lebanon cider trees, palm, citrus trees, magnolias, etc. All of these plants emit their scents and perfumes in to the air to mingle with those from the lemon trees, the vineyards and the hazlenut trees creating a wonderfully aromatic element to the garden. The additional smallholdings that surround Villa Torre di Pila are extensive, including a Tuscan style farmhouse, outbuildings, an old cellar, a stable two greenhouses, a cow shed, pigsty, hayloft and carefully cultivated farmland. The interior of the villa is breathtaking in its attention to architectural detail and adornment, yet at the same time it is warm and comfortable. There are numerous ground floor rooms with frescoed walls and ceilings with medieval and classical scenes and a panelled library that is simply exquisite. 17th century, hand painted French doors, decorated with evocative scenes, enclose the main sitting room. Almost every room in the house has a majestic marble fireplace. The enclosed sun room/dining area is paved in hand-painted Deruta majolica and brickwork.
Price on application


  • Villa 2550sqm
  • Annexes
  • 11 hectares of land
  • Swimming pool
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