Abate Naldi’s House

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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.


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At number 24 of Via Dante Alighieri, among the town’s main monuments, we find Casa dell’Abate Naldi, also called Palazzo Simonelli-Santi.
It was built in the seventeenth century for Matteo Naldi,a Sienese doctor and scientist, chief physician of Pope Alexander VII Chigi.
In 1684 it became property of Angelo Simonelli, art expert, nephew of Nicolò Simonelli who was curator of the Chigi and Pamphili art collection in Rome. Angelo followed Cardinal Flavio Chigi to San Quirico when he was awarded the title of Marquis of San Quirico by Cosimo III de ‘Medici.
The descendants of Angelo often lived in the house in San Quirico,acquiring land and property to make it one of the largest farms in the area.They gained further importance through marriage to other local noble families.
In the late eighteenth century, Giorgio Santi died without heirs and left his name and his property to his wife Anna Simonelli’s relatives.
Giorgio Santi was a naturalist, friend of Diderot and Franklin, member of the Enlightenment Circle “The 9 Sisters” of Paris, Rector of the University of Pisa and minister of the Granduchy of Tuscany.
In 1799, General MacDonald, chief commander of the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy, stopped in San Quirico and by virtue of the hospitality received from the Simonelli family forbade his troops to plunder the village and its surroundings.
Lorenzo Simonelli, jurist and standard-bearer, was born in 1800. He was the common ancestor of all current branches of the family in Val D’Orcia who nowadays also own Palazzo Gonzaga in Pienza, the castle La Rimbecca and Villa Malintoppo near San Quirico.
From 1860 Casa dell’Abate Naldi was the home of Vittorio Simonelli, the youngest son of Lorenzo, who was professor of geology at the University of Bologna and director of the Natural History Museum of that city.
During World War II the house was severely damaged due to a bomb which exploded in the garden, while the facade on Via Dante Alighieri remained almost intact. After the war the house was restored and it has always been inhabited by the heirs of Vittorio Simonelli.
In the drawing room on the first floor the current owners, Vittorio Cipolla, grandson of Vittorio Simonelli and his wife Lorenza, often host chamber music concerts and since 2010 have created a music festival – Musica negli Horti (www.musicaneglihorti.it) – under the artistic direction of Maestro Gianluca Capuano. In 2017 the Festival will celebrate it’s 8th edition.


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For over twenty years, Casa dell’Abate Naldi has opened its doors to host classical music concerts and other cultural events such as small plays and book presentations.
Since 2011 is home of the Cultural Association “Amici di Musica negli Horti” and the eponymous Music Festival under the artistic direction of Gianluca Capuano.
Cooking classes and wine tastings are often held in the premises on the ground floor.
The courtyard is ideal for an aperitif after a wedding, thanks to its proximity to the Collegiate Church and the Town Hall.
The main floor can be rented for weddings, film locations, photo shoots and private events.
Rental of premises on the ground floor, including the use of a professional kitchen: € 800 per day
Rental of the reception rooms on the first floor and the hanging garden: € 1000- 1800 € per day


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Abate Naldi’s House

Region : Tuscany

Province : SI

City : San Quirico d'Orcia

Address : Via Dante Alighieri, 24

ZIP Code : 53027

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