Villa Pianciani in Spoleto
On the top of a hill surrounded by olive trees, a long avenue bordered by holm oaks and cypress trees leads to the monumental complex di Villa Pianciani, among the most notable examples of stately country residence of Spoletino territory.
Conceived by the illuminated vision of the Pianciani accounts, the project was entrusted to the then new and brilliant architect Giuseppe Valadier becoming a unique reality among the treasures of late seventeenth-century Umbrian architecture.
Several buildings and a large park make up the complex: the Villa (Casino Principal) called at the time for its beauty the Delizia dei Pianciani, connected by an underground tunnel to its annex (Vecchie Cucine), the autonomous chapel behind the Villa and the ancient stables (today unfortunately ruins).
Around the villa, designed by the same Valadier, the magnificent park, also bound and protected by the Superintendency of Fine Arts of the Italian State.
Boxwood hedges and centuries-old trees, two large iron gazebos originally intended for rose gardens, a large elliptical square enclosed by two exedras on the front of the Villa and a secret garden with a small temple, fountain and sundial outline the layout of the whole, which, thanks due to its privileged position, it offers a 360 ° view of a panorama of enchanting beauty that extends from Spoleto ad Assisi, Montefalco and Martani Mountains and lets perceive the profile of the gods in the distance Monti Sibillini.
On the back of the eighteenth-century chapel, at the top of the hill among the olive trees, a large swimming pool has been created that enjoys a broad view of the valley.
The main body of the Villa has been recently restored respecting its history and period decorations and offers, inside, elegant and refined period furnishings.
On the ground floor, around the large internal courtyard, a large hall, a lounge with billiards, the fully painted entrance gallery, the dining room with fireplace, a large equipped kitchen and a bathroom.
On the different sides of the main floor, interspersed with living rooms and other common areas, the bedrooms are distributed; also renovated with extreme care, they all enjoy different but magnificent views of the valley. The exceptional panorama opens endless and exciting from the large south terrace overlooking the valley of Spoleto.
The story of Villa Pianciani
At the end of the '700, Il Conte Alessandro Pianciani, (grandfather of the famous Luigi, 1810-1890 prominent politician for two times mayor of Rome) descendant of one of the most important noble families in the area, marries Costanza Collicola. It is said that to celebrate the union of the two great and powerful families (Pianciani and Collicola) of the Spoleto area, it decided to buy the top of the hill in the 1794 estate of Terraja, called "Il Monte", to create a new and magnificent summer residence completely open to 360 ′ on the horizon, from which to admire both the valley and the nearby mountains .... "the enchanting panorama constitutes the magnificence of this stay".
With great intuition and certainly thanks also to his acquaintances, (the entourage of Pope Braschi) Count Alessandro decided to entrust the project to a very brilliant young architect who was beginning to make himself known in Rome and Spoleto in those years.
Giuseppe Valadier designed the plant of the entire complex of Villa Pianciani, transforming a simple agricultural property with a small medieval artefact in a prestigious patrician residence, where nature, landscape and architecture coexist with an absolutely extraordinary balance and taste. Due to its beauty, the Villa was soon called the "Delizia dei Pianciani". Inside the large park, also designed by Valdier, there is the "Casino Principale" (the Villa) with elliptical walls that protrude from the front of the park towards grandiose iron gazebos (rose gardens), the chapel, a "house ”, A stable and a secret garden with fountain and sundial and viewpoints and other artefacts that have now disappeared; all autonomous “members” of a single “organism” which finds its raison d'être and its incredible artistic value in the stylistic characteristics and in the complementary functions performed by the individual parts.
The vastness of time that was necessary for the realization of the whole complex meant that other architects followed the last stages of the work (as we learn from archive documents) including Pietro Ferrari for the construction of the dome hall.
At the end of the 800, a serious economic crisis struck the family and caused the sale of many assets including most of the villa's precious furnishings, including the Roman statues that adorned the park.
At the beginning of the 900, due to financial vicissitudes, the complex and also the Villa were divided into two parts, with consequent serious tampering and demolition of the original plant.
Only starting from the 90 years of the last century, a branch of the family, heir (in feminine line by Matilde Pianciani), of one of the two parts, has managed to reacquire, with great effort and generous efforts, the totality of the Complex and the Villa.
The following years were affected by a challenging, important and very long recovery and restoration plan with a dual purpose: the "physical" restoration aimed at re-emerging the original layout of both the park and the Villa and the "philosophical" recovery aimed at make the complex a livable and excellent place, offering it to the world and its territory that for years has not even been able to notice its beauty.
With this objective and in this direction theMatilde Pianciani Cultural Association which manages the Complex with various programs dedicated to its protection, promotion and enhancement of the Good in order to ensure the maintenance and care that this type of extraordinary reality requires constantly.
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What does Villa Pianciani do today?
Hospitality: for large groups and families with exclusive use for private stays of the entire complex or individual buildings with different personalized service formulas.
Individual welcome with the possibility of staying in Villa Pianciani Historical Residence
with breakfast service and possibility of lunches and dinners on request.
Organization of courses, conferences, events, celebrations, breakfasts, seminars and various
forms of retreats dedicated to physical and spiritual well-being, food and wine and food health.
Events: extraordinary setting to accommodate a wide range of events and personal celebrations
(weddings, birthdays, parties and family gatherings). Various use and rental options are available
of the Villa and the Park, including organizational support for every need.
Rental: use of the Park and the Villa as a location for cultural events, photo shoots,
television or film shoots.
Basic service included in the use of the Villa:
Organizational assistance on arrival and contact person of the complex available every day (except Sunday) from 8 to 12, pool cleaning service and gardener 4 hours a day. Change and cleaning of the rooms every 3 days and final cleaning.
On request the Villa can provide numerous service options and all meals preparation.
The management of the Villa is also supported by ACMP which is a non-profit association that has taken over the management of the monumental complex and the park, with the aim of promoting programs - even long-term, medium and long-term - depending on the protection, promotion and enhancement of the Monumental Complex of Villa Pianciani and its territory.
In collaboration with national and international institutions, it organizes educational and training activities related to art and culture in general, to local traditions and to the defense of nature and the environment: residential courses, seminars, volunteers and workshops, setting up of exhibitions, shows , events, conferences, meetings, artist residencies, work holidays and international internships.