Villa Aureli in Castel del Piano
Villa Aureli it's a country house located near Perugia, at the southern edge of the village of Castel del Piano.
At the entrance of the villa, beyond the "rotonda" enclosed by a wall with a portal, there is a large area with four original cubic-shaped yews, the well and the portico with two colorful benches made of ceramic from Vietri.
The plan of the house is articulated and its main part consists of three floors.
The ground floor, the current residence of the owners, has Vietri ceramic tile floors forming large multicolored designs, different in every room. On the walls of the living room three stucco frames enclose large canvases portraying harbour and marine landscapes; the doors are painted and surmounted by panels with bas-reliefs in colored stucco, the fireplace has a painted wooden frame and on top of it a stucco work with rosettes and lozenges that frame antique mirrors. The small and precious "peacock room" has walls decorated with a painted fabric and its floor recalls the motifs of the walls, in particular that of the peacock feathers. On the first floor there is the luminous and recently restored gallery of stuccoes with Vietri polychrome floors and several windows overlooking the garden. The main hall nextdoor is enriched by tempera paintings in large stucco frames reproducing various properties of the Aureli family, including the villa itself, of which we therefore have a faithful image dating back to the beginning of the XNUMXth century. The gallery, the main hall, and the other large rooms with high ceilings on the first floor have rarely been used as a piano nobile, while the second floor is more lived in, with the long corridor on the north side connecting the sunny decorated rooms overlooking south, towards the garden and the countryside. All rooms have Vietri floors and balconies on the garden. The ceilings on the second floor are painted, as are the upper part of the walls and the doors. Some rooms are furnished and decorated with chinoiserie. The small church, also recently restored, with fake columns of stucco and a beautiful carved altar, has an entrance from the street, a small sacristy and a "coretto", which can be accessed from the first floor of the villa.
The small church, also recently restored, with fake columns of stucco and a beautiful carved altar, has an entrance from the street, a small sacristy and a "coretto", which can be accessed from the first floor of the villa.
The outdoor spaces primarily include a large Italian garden shaded by centuries-old lime trees that overlooks the countryside and is bordered by a long balcony with ring-shaped terracotta and pillars surmounted by travertine spheres and pinnacles. Opposite the fountain of the garden and adjacent to the villa is the orangery, frescoed with trompe-l'oeil. This large room hosts in winter the various dozens of ancient terracotta pots with lemon and bitter orange trees, which adorn the Italian garden in the warm season. Along the north side of the villa there are three courtyards, the largest of which houses a large lime tree. In the second courtyard that divides the villa from the old house of the gardener, there are the well still in use, the dovecote, bushes of ancient roses and aromatic plants in pots. In the last courtyard, which borders a farmhouse with a beautiful structure, hydrangeas of different varieties, a wisteria and a lush pomegranate.
The history of Villa Aureli
Villa Aureli dates back to the XNUMXth century and was originally a "country casino", built by the captain of fortune Giovanni de’ Gregori, who fought for the Venetian Republic and died under the walls of Verona. It was later transformed into a villa by the family Aureli and reached its maximum splendor in the eighteenth century, already at the beginning of which it had its current shape with the Italian garden, the lemon trees in large pots and the orangery for their winter storage. Then Sperello Aureli (XNUMX-XNUMX) chose it as his favorite home and adorned it with frescoes, stuccos, prints, books, chinoiserie and painted furniture, many of which are still in the villa. The works were directed by Costanzo Batta, a pupil of the architect Murena and finished in XNUMX. Sperello had no direct descendants and at his death the villa passed to the Alfani family, who did not make significant changes and probably did not live there, but transferred the archive and part of the Aureli library to their neighboring villa of San Martino Delfico. In the XNUMX the villa was bought by Cesare Meniconi Bracceschi and his wife Maddalena Savorgnan di Brazzà, sister of the famous explorer Pietro, founder of Brazzaville in the French Congo. Cesare predominantly lived in a small apartment in the west wing of the villa, so the rest remained intact. His daughter Anna married in the XNUMX Pieralvise di Serego Alighieri, descendant of Dante, and lived with him in Gargagnago in Veneto. But she loved Villa Aureli very much and enriched it with the balconies on the second floor and the colorful ceramic floors of Vietri, designed by his friend, architect Raimondo Lignola. During the Second World War the villa was occupied by local German headquarters and then by the allied troops, but it did not suffer serious damages thanks to the heroic gardener Adolfo Guelfi, who walled the furniture and precious objects in the main hall of the first floor. At the end of the war Count Leonardo di Serego Alighieri, son of Pieralvise and Anna, and his wife Laura Guarienti di Brenzone chose the villa as their residence; it was then again inhabited continuously after more than a century and a half since the death of Sperello Aureli. Leonardo dedicated his life to the restoration of the villa, its preservation and the protection of its surroundings, also by making use of the protection of the Ministry of Colture on the house, on the furniture, and on the surrounding views. The current owner Sperello di Serego Alighieri, son of Leonardo and Laura, continues the work of conservation: the structure, the roof and the facades have been restored in XNUMX-XNUMX, the house of Adolfo in XNUMX, the church in XNUMX and the stucco gallery in the XNUMX.
Services: holiday apartments in Umbria
A Villa Aureli rent XNUMX apartments for stays of at least XNUMX nights . Two apartments are in the main villa and two in the former gardener's house, which has been recently restored. Each apartment has an independent entrance and enjoys a reserved area in the garden. In addition, guests of all apartments can take advantage of a number of common services: the Italian garden swimming pools , park, bicycles , Internet wi-fi, parking . We provide sheets, blankets, towels for the bathrooms, towels for the pool, kitchens fully equipped with dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, hair dryer.
1. Apartment on the first floor of the villa
It is for up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, sitting area, entry.
2. Apartment on the second floor of the villa
In its standard version it is for a maximum of 4 people in two bedrooms, with 1 bathroom, kitchen, dining room, lounge, hallway, gallery on the first floor and toilet on the ground floor. Two additional bedrooms can be added on request with another bathroom for up to 8 people.
3. Apartment Adolfo Ovest
It is for up to 5 people in two bedrooms with 2 baths and living room - kitchen.
4. Apartment Adolfo Est
It is for up to 4 people in two bedrooms with a bathroom and living room - kitchen.
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