The Estate

and its provenance

The Estate and its provenance

An experience between past and present

In the hilly area of Colpernaco or Colpernacolo as it was named two centuries ago, a cool knoll to the east of the city of Foligno not far from the village of Uppello and the Sassovivo Abbey, which in the Middle Ages was one of the most powerful in central Italy, is the ancient Villa Colpernaco, a residence that embodies the essence of the passage of the centuries through the significant historical stratifications that give it an unusual charm.
The sumptuous house, immersed in a natural cloister lush with vegetation, is surrounded by hundreds of centuries-old olive trees that populate the enchanting slope.
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The Estate, currently owned by the Muzzi family, is located in an area adjacent to that once owned by Rodolfo Boncompagni Ludovisi, Duke of Sora and Prince of Piombino, and his wife Agnese Borghese, of the noble Roman family to which the important Galleria Borghese was named after and which preserves one of the most considerable art collections in the world, and before them in possession of the heirs of Count Spada, the same of the illustrious picture gallery preserved in one of the most famous palaces in the city. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, these Roman nobles had established their summer residence in this enchanting area of Umbria.

Villa Colpernaco is mentioned in the Gregorian Land Registry, a cartography of the papal provinces promoted by Pope Pius VII in 1816 and started by Pope Gregory XVI in 1835. The house, passed from the Petropuoli family to the Palestrini between 1835 and 1851, flows into the properties of Gino Recchi in 1934 and, during the Second World War, it became the headquarters of the highest ranks of the English Army. The Recchi ceded it in 1987 to the Chiavellati family, descendants of Luigi, a valiant doctor who died during the fighting of the Italian army in Central Africa in 1936 and was awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valor.

Villa Colpernaco, with its valuable large vegetable porch of olive trees represents a symbolic constitutive element of the historical landscape of this strip of the Umbrian Valley where castles and villas, rural residences, churches, majesties with significant frescoes and monasteries appear which, together with the geographical characteristics of the places, translate into a lively and fascinating cultural tradition.

Umbria, the green heart of Italy

Where beauty meets nature and man's work

Villa Colpernaco is located in Umbria, the green heart of Italy, celebrated by the notes written by the numerous visitors who have described it in past centuries; among these we find intellectuals, writers, poets, art historians. Already the travelers of the Grand Tour, mostly originating from Northern Europe, described in detailed account the peculiarities of this area, distinguishing the consistent presence of olive trees.

The olive tree, with its colors and shapes, participates in instilling beauty in this area where the encounter between nature and human work contributes to the creation of a quality, unrepeatable and universal landscape.

The sides of the hills from which we arrived are covered with olive trees, whose antiquity demonstrates the excellence of the climate: we have not seen anywhere else the trees of this species so old, and at the same time so vigorous. Most are dismemberments of ancient stems that have formed new trees that adhere to the primitive root.
Pierre Jean Grosley

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