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A villa-castle named by poet Gabriele D’Annunzio “Villa Mandoleto” towers above the countryside around Perugia, from the top of a low hill only 10 minutes drive from Perugia, with a stunning view onto the city, mount Subasio and Assisi.
These brief preliminary remarks on landscape are inserted here in order to let the reader imagine what kind of magic and fascination the surroundings of this villa-castle can have.
However several documents of the Land Registry about the property dating back before that time have been found. To be more precise, the maps of the Papal State Land Registry dating back before 1860 show exactly the boundaries of the property as they currently are. Only slight differences can be detected about the shape of the building, which was called a “palace” on the topographic map.
Under the instructions of the new owners, the works were carried out by architect Biscarini, the most highly-rated in Perugia at that time. The newly appointed architect cooperated with the main artists of Perugia at that time (who worked in the villa for about twenty years), among whom we will only cite the most famous ones: Matteo Tassi (painter who frescoed the theatre of Urbino), Earl Lemmo Rossi – Scotti (painter), Prof. Francesco Moretti, Guglielmo Gualaccini, Diomede Catalucci, sculptors Francesco Biscarini, Raffaele Angeletti and Giuseppe Frenguelli.
The villa is embellished with the typical swallow-tailed battlement on machicolations, overlooked by a high octagonal tower and a corner wall built like a second square tower.
The building, located on the most Northern point of the park surrounding it, is spread over five levels in addition to the tower; the ground level, where you can find the main entrance with its perfectly preserved original front door, is framed by a square stony porch embellished with coats of arms of the family and decorations in polished stucco.
It is useless to describe the building by listing the number of bedrooms and rooms due to the peculiarity of the building; on the contrary, it is absolutely fundamental to cite some of the significant wings of the building, such as the Tapestry Hall with an internally decorated bowwindow, the red living room, a study with fireplace, whose hood is frescoed with coats of arms of the family, a big hall with a coffered ceiling and bow-windows. All the rooms of the villa–castle are decorated with original stuccoes and frescoes.
The main stairway leading to the first floor is made up of marble steps and is located within the tower leaning against the building.
Here we find a library with a small bow-window, frescoed ceilings and stuccoes. The second floor does not have any important decorations since it was the servants’ quarter.
Finally the uppermost floor (attic) has rooms that are particularly bright thanks to the presence of four terraces.