We find Casa dell’Abate Naldi in San Quirico d’Orcia, 40 km south of Siena along the route of the Via Francigena – the old pilgrim route to Rome.
The building is on the main street,Via Dante Alighieri, at number 24, halfway between Piazza Chigi and Piazza della Libertà.
The facade is plastered with travertine moldings that mark the floors and the window frames.
The balcony on the main floor and two stone benches with travertine seats complete the decoration of the facade,where you can also see the Coat of Arms of the Naldi family, who were the first owners of the building.
Particularly interesting are the railings designed to protect the windows of the ground floor,in twisted wrought iron, constructed so as to make it impossible to break them down.
From the road a monumental doorway leads to a further entrance which is a wooden door with a central grate; above this second door is the emblem of the Simonelli family, descendants of whom are still owners of the house today.
You enter now a second hallway where the monumental travertine stairs lead to the “noble” first floor.
The first floor entrance is marked by a pair of windows with leaded glass.
From here stairs lead to the upper floor where the servants used to live.
The reception rooms are located on either side of the hall. When the doors are open the visual effect is remarkable:from the main drawing room which looks out towards the main street we can also enjoy the view of the hanging garden to the rear of the house.The Italian-style hanging garden is one of the main features of the house and it’s connected to the building by three terraces. On the garden side facade you can see the Simonelli Coat of Arms in travertine stone.
The rooms that face the street retain the original decor of 1700 while those on the garden side were repainted after the damage suffered during the last War.
The decor consists of various pieces of furniture and paintings dating from 17th and 18th centuries. Over the generations other pieces of furniture have been added , which give the house a warm and homely atmosphere.
A second flight of stairs give access to a small mezzanine and then to the second floor and attic. Finally a last flight of stairs leads to the small tower above the rooftops.Here you can admire the garden,the town and the surrounding countryside.