Hidden, reserved, on the top of a hill that faces the greenest and most brilliant part of the Upper Tiber River Valley. Here a marvelous villa of about 450 square metres appears, in the midst of a true and real earthly paradise of olive trees, roses and lavender. And to think that until about 2006, what is now a beautiful renovated country house was just a simple, abandoned ruins, as we can uncover still many in both Umbria and Tuscany.
by Marco Polchi
The villa is developed on three floors, with essentially modern style furnishings. On the basement floor we have a cantina and a “wellness” area with a gym, sauna and changing rooms. On the upper floor we can find the “nighttime area” with bedrooms, which are connected to bathrooms and an elegant reading room. What hits us though, after having admired the main facade in brick and stone covered in ivy, is the ground floor where we have all the living area.
Here the Valcucine kitchen, designed by architect Marcella Meozzi, rules. A kitchen of the highest level of quality, with ultra-light cabinet doors in dark oak wood, kitchen counter in technological stone reinforced with carbon fibre and covered in steel. The project required a phase of accurate study both for the fact that the wall structure is not very standard, for which it was necessary to have a tailored design, as well as for the request for exceptional solutions like the impressive sheet of stone in the central island, whose color matches the floor in Apulian stone.
The real jewel of the kitchen, besides the Wolf cooker, is without a doubt the pantry side, where the practical containing columns frame the Sub Zero fridge, produced in the United States and considered the best built-in refrigeration system in the world for the highest quality of its components and for its exclusive functions (like an air- filtering system which is able to seal the various areas of the fridge, preventing the odors of various foods from mixing).
The eating areas are two: an outdoor area, for the warmer months, in a veranda which kisses the Tiber Valley panorama and in indoors one, where we find, besides a practical snack counter worked out of the central island and furnished with elegant stools in leather, there is a Doge table in glass and steel (which matches the handrail in the hallway on the upper level), designed by Carlo Scarpa in 1968. From here, as on the basement floor, you can get to the thermostatic regulated pool (thanks to its connection to a series of photo-voltaic panels) and the large outdoor area that the photos are able to describe in the best way.
A NOTE TO THE CURIOUS
The works of modern art throughout the house were what captured our attention, recalling the modern and minimal style furnishings. Inside, especially noticeable are the paintings, pictures, small statues. Outside, both on the side of the entrance as well as the pool side, the fascinating works of the Sicilian sculptor Carlo Silliti stand out.