Villa Aureli

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Villa Aureli is a country house located near Perugia, at the southern end of the Village of Castel del Piano.
At the entrance of the Villa, beyond the “rotonda” ending with a wall and a wooden gate, a large yard is adorned by four original yews in cubic shape, the well and the portico with two colourful benches in Vietri ceramic.
The layout of the house is articulate and the main building is made up of three floors. The ground floor, at present the residence of the owners, has floors in Vietri ceramic tiles which form large multi-coloured patterns, different in each room. On the walls of the living room three stucco frames hold large canvases portraying harbour and see landscapes; the doors are decorated and above them are panels with bas reliefs of coloured stucco; the fireplace has a painted wooden mantelpiece. Above it there is a panel layed out with small pieces of mirror. The small and precious “peacocks room” is adorned with grotesque tapestry and the floor recalls the pattern of the walls, particularly the peacock feathers.
On the first floor there is a stuccoed gallery which lets through a lot of light. This gallery, recently restored, has a patterned Vietri floor and all its windows look out over the garden. The main hall is adorned with pictures painted in tempera within large stuccoed frames. The pictures feature various properties owned by the Aureli family. Among these pictures, one shows the Villa itself. This picture dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. The gallery, the hall and the other large rooms on the first floor, which have high ceilings, have only partially been used as the main living quarters while the second floor has a long corridor connecting the rooms full of light, decorated with murals. These rooms facing south look out into the garden and the countryside. All rooms have Vietri floors and balconies overlooking the garden. The ceilings on the second floor as well as the upper part of the walls and the doors are decorated. Some rooms are filled with chinoiserie. The small chapel, also recently restored, has fake stuccoed columns and a beautifully sculpted altar. It has the main entrance from the street, a tiny sacristy, and an internal balcony with access from the first floor of the villa.
Outside the Villa there is a large garden “all’italiana”, shaded thanks to linden trees which are centuries old. The walled garden faces the countryside. The wall surrounding the garden is built of perforated terracotta bricks with pillars built in. On top of the pillars there are travertine spheres and pinnacles.
In the garden, in front of the fountain, there is an orangery adjacent to the villa. It is decorated with trompe-l’oeil frescoes. Here in the winter have a shelter lemon and bitter orange trees in their ancient terracotta pots. They adorn the garden all’italiana in the fair season.
On the north side of the villa there are three courtyards. The main one hosts a large linden tree. In the second courtyard, which separates the villa from the gardener’s former residence, the owners built a second well, still in use, and there are also the dovecote, bushes of roses and potted aromatic plants. In the last court, adjoining a nicely structured farmhouse, there are different varieties of hydrangea, a wisteria and a large pomegranate tree.

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Villa Aureli dates back to the XVIth century and was originally a country house, built by the captain of fortune Giovanni de’ Gregori, who fought on behalf of the Venetian Republic and died under the walls of Verona. The house was later transformed into a villa by the Aureli family, and reached its maximum splendor in the XVIIIth century: at the beginning of the century the villa had already the present size with the garden all’italiana, the lemon trees in large terracotta pots and the orangery to provide shelter in winter. Sperello Aureli (1722-1791) choose Villa Aureli as his favorite residence and adorned it with frescoes, stucco work, prints, books, chinoiseries and painted furniture, a major part of which are still in the villa. The works were directed by Costanzo Batta, a pupil of architect Murena, and were terminated in 1758. Sperello didn’t have direct descendants and at his death the villa was passed down to the Alfani family, who didn’t make relevant changes and probably did not inhabit it, but transferred the archive and part of the Aureli library in their nearby villa of San Martino Delfico. In 1874 the villa was bought by Cesare Meniconi Bracceschi and by his wife Maddalena Savorgnan di Brazzà, sister of the famous explorer Pietro, the founder of Brazzaville, in the French Congo. Cesare lived mainly in a small apartment in the west wing, and the rest remained unchanged. His daughter Anna married in 1918 Pieralvise di Serego Alighieri, a Dante’s descendant, and lived with him in Gargagnago, in Veneto. But she was very fond of Villa Aureli and embellished it with the second floor balconies and the multicolored Vietri ceramic floors, designed by her friend the architect Raimondo Lignola. During World War Two the villa was occupied by the German local command and later by the allied troops, but didn’t suffer major damages, thanks to the heroic gardener Adolfo Guelfi, who hid the furniture and the valuable objects in the large first floor rooms, behind walled doors. At the end of the war count Leonardo di Serego Alighieri, son of Anna and Pieralvise, and his wife Laura Guarienti di Brenzone set their residence in the villa, that was thereafter permanently inhabited more than one and a half century after Sperello Aureli’s death. Leonardo dedicated his life to the restoration and preservation of the villa, as well as to the protection of the neighboring area, even obtaining an Art Ministry bond on the house and its furniture and an Environment Ministry bond on the surrounding views. The present owner, Sperello di Serego Alighieri, son of Leonardo and Laura, continues the work of preservation: the structure, the roof and the facades have been restored in 2003-2004, the house of the gardener Adolfo in 2006, the church in 2014 and the stucco gallery in 2015.

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At Villa Aureli we rent 4 self-catering apartments for stays of at least 3 nights. Two apartments are in the main villa, and two in the house of the former gardener, which has recently been refurbished. Every apartment has an independent entrance and enjoys a private area in the garden. In addition the guests of all apartments can enjoy several common services: the Italian style garden, the swimming pool, the parc, bicycles, internet wi-fi, private parking. We provide sheets, blankets, towels for the bath room, towels for the swimming pool, fully furnished kitchens with oven, dish washer, washing machine, iron, hair dryer.

1. First floor apartment in the main villa
It is for a maximum of 6 persons in 3 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, small living room, entrance room.

2. Second floor apartment in the main villa
In its standard version it is for a maximum of 4 persons in 2 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, gallery, first floor gallery, ground floor toilet. On request two additional bedrooms and a bathroom can be added to the apartment for a maximum of 8 persons.

3. Adolfo West apartment
It is for a maximum of 5 persons in 2 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen – living room.

4. Adolfo East apartment
It is for a maximum of 4 persons in 2 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and a kitchen – living room.

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Villa Aureli

Region : Umbria

Province : PG

City : Castel del Piano

Address : Via Luigi Cirenei, 70

ZIP Code : 06132

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