Villa Sant’Angelo in Panzo

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Sant’Angelo was built around the 10th century on the ruins of a Roman settlement and in its long history, which is part of the historical, artistic and religious heritage of Assisi, has been more than a monastery, also an abandoned hermitage, a patrician residence and a rural house. During the centuries, it kept however its original structure with its church and its water sources which have supplied water to Assisi through tunnels carved into the rock and which are still visible today.

Sant’Angelo in Panzo has been the first monastery where Santa Chiara lived. According to the legend she accomplished there her first miracle.

The residence is surrounded by olive trees which produce one of the best biological olive oils of Umbria.

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The name Panzo originates from the latin name Pantius and the name of the Monastery, S. Angelo in Panzo, derives from a church dedicated to the cult of S. Michele Arcangelo, built on a piece of land belonging to an owner with that name.

The existing monastery, located approximately 2 km outside of Assisi, on the hills of mount Subasio, was built around the X century, on the ruins of a Roman settlement. Some inscriptions, relating to “gens Propertia” (Properzio was from Assisi) have been found in the foundations of the original church.

At the beginning of the XIII century Sant’Angelo in Panzo was a monastery when, in March 1212, San Francesco, Friar Filippo and Friar Bernardo, brought there Santa Chiara, who had recently fled home. She was later followed by her sister, Sant’Agnese, thereby provoking the anger of the family who sent their uncle Monaldo to bring her home. The legend narrates of the first miracle of Santa Chiara when the body of Sant’Agnese became so heavy that it couldn’t be lifted and the arm of uncle Monaldo who wanted to hit her, was paralysed.

Santa Chiara later moved to San Damiano and Panzo became an important monastery of the sisters of the order of the Clariane until, approximately one century later, for security reasons, they moved in the city walls of Assisi, like many other settlements at that time.

Sant’Angelo in Panzo became an abandoned hermitage until the beginning of the XVII century when it was bought by the Bonacquisti family, an important family from Assisi, which transformed it into their palace, thereby also rebuilding the church, as is mentioned in an inscription inside the church.

The Bonacquisti family extinguished itself at the end of 1800 and for a period Sant’Angelo in Panzo was used as a rural house until the current owners restaured it.

Sant’Angelo in Panzo is also known for its water wells which have supplied water to Assisi since the Romans through tunnels carved into the rock and which are still visible today.

The olive trees around the house are known for the excellent quality of their bio “dop” olive oil.
Sant’Angelo in Pnzo is considered one of the most interesting historical houses in Umbria e certainly the only one in Assisi, city which is known worldwide and visited yearly by millions of tourists. Even though not open to the public, visitors who want to visit the church and the walls of Santa Chiara are always welcome.

Every room is prestigeously decorated and its library has more than 6000 books.

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Sant’Angelo in Panzo and it private church, where, according to the legend Santa Chiara accomplished there her first miracle, is the ideal setting for weddings, private ceremonies and cultural events.

Oil tasting and sale can be arranged

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Villa Sant’Angelo in Panzo

Region : Umbria

Province : PG

City : Assisi

Address : Via San Rufino Campagna, 18 A

ZIP Code : 06081

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