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Villa Fontana

  • ID PROP-­Price on Request
  • Listing type: For Sale
  • Bedrooms 4+
  • Bathrooms 6+
  • Living Rooms 5+
  • Land 100 Hectares
  • Property type: Property for Sale, Requires up-dating
  • Pool 20 x 5
  • Town Perugia
  • Region Umbria

Property Description

The charm of perfection

Once a convent, today Villa Fontana is a splendid Historical Residence located in Umbria in a quiet and exclusive hilly area, proof of privacy, a few kilometers from Perugia (the green heart of Italy) and from the airport of San Francesco d’Assisi .

Located in the beautiful setting of the eponymous village, whose dominant position satisfies the sense of sight with a wonderful view.

The private park of over 8 hectares and 8 avenues, is rich in slopes and terraces embraces the entire manor house. Lemons and ancient plants enrich the large park where perfumes and colours lead you to endless walks along the nature trail.

Villa Fontana is a prize, a jewel in the crown of Perugia. The Villa boasts a significant history dating to the late 19thCentury when it was originally “built to impress” by the Marchese Ferdinando Cesaroni.  The 100-hectare property sits on the outskirts of Perugia aside many of its wealthiest residents.

One can walk undisturbed in the park of the villa and listen to nature in the valley of natural silence interrupted only by the song of crickets and cicadas.

The Villa is structured on 3 luxurious floors: in the main floor the flagship of the residence is the Blue Room.  One can only marvel at and respect the history and the rank of this prestigious structure, with its frescoes and its charming terraces with a wonderful views over the Umbrian hills. The Library and the Red Room, are all adorned with marble originating from the Vatican and Byzantine mosaics.

The halls on the ground floor are side-by-side within a splendid lemon coloured house, both are frescoed and enjoy a cloister with direct access to the park and the splendid swimming pool.

In the evenings a distinct charm envelops the villa and accents the  show of the pool, fountains, candles, lanterns and water lights.

Villa Fontana has 4 master suites ideal for both short and long stays in Umbria.

The 4 master suites are equipped with fine linens, air conditioning, heating, TV SAT, WI-FI.

Sleeping at Villa Fontana is a unique experience: the villa has large private spaces including an ancient grotto available for wine tastings, private dinners, etc ..

The purpose of the house and its surrounds was one of creative opulence in order to host and entertain the noble families of Europe as was the custom of the time.  The ground floor is paved with marble from the Vatican, while the frescoes on the ceilings and walls belie a by-gone era of style and unrestrained attention to detail.

The space is grand to the extreme, with all the expected accoutrements such as swimming pool, stables, a (now defunct) tennis court, sweeping gardens along mature pathways.  The house is rectangular on four floors, which envelope on three sides a beautiful swimming pool with in-built fountains and the Villa’s signature displayed it’s base.

Currently the house is configured for four bedroom, bathroom suites but this arrangement is expandable to accommodate many more.

For keen equestrians there are ample facilities for stabling a decent number of horses and there is potential for an all year round riding under a covered area, which could alternatively second as an indoor tennis court.

The olive grove (all terraced) extends from Chiugiana to the Trinity with an area of 18 hectares. Of considerable historical, agricultural and landscape value, as unique for the whole olive-growing area of central Italy.

It was built around 1840 by Ferdinando Cesaroni, reclaiming a pre-existing rocky ridge through the shattering and manual shaping of the stone.

The same were then used for the construction of dry stone walls of Villa Fontana and its famous cave “Grotta del Ravacchio” at Villa Fontana.

A  impressive 2.50 meter high wall runs along the entire perimeter of the olive grove.  Terraces were filled with landfill and were planted with olive trees of prevalence Dolce Agogia.

For the realisation of this imposing work of agricultural engineering it seems to have been constructed by Libyan prisoners of war around 1912 and other workers from different Italian regions.

The History of the Villa is important

Originally, Commendatore Ferdinando Cesaroni bought the houses above the church of Fontana that he enlarged and embellished making a villa: Villa Fontana.

He made a wall of security, the so-called “pit” and, taking advantage of the water from the bottom, he reared deer, roe deer and wild boar to hunt with distinguished guests and political figures.

He also wanted to fence a large olive grove (called “Il Ravicchio” in dialect) with a dry wall made by the Libyan prisoners of war of 1912, for which he built a barracks and water collections still present in the territory, while the housing for the prisoners it consisted of the construction currently called “La Cavallerizza”.

It is said that he made use of the stone extracted from these parts to build the palace that still today in Piazza Italia in Perugia is the headquarters of the Umbria Region: he realised it but did not want to live there for not having, it is said, always in front of the eyes of the equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II.

Cesaroni, in reality, did not have a problem with the King but with the then Prefect of Perugia who refused the carriage offered by Cesaroni to go and get King Umberto I when in 1890 there was the inauguration of the monument. Anselmo Cesaroni, son of Ferdinando, moved away from Perugia and dismembered the Fontana estate at the beginning of the 20th century: he ceded it to Count Rossi Scotti who kept it about twenty years before selling it to the Marquis Campanari or Campari di Roma.

In 1939 he treated the purchase the Count Arrigo Sarti acquiring both the land and the villa, on which he concentrated all his  attention.  Sarti, moreover, was a man of great possibilities: he was from Bologna where he owned the famous liquor industry and from where he made converging teams of workers and artisans to Perugia to make it even more a jewel of elegance. From 1939 to 1949 he worked at the villa as a factor Luigi Bolognese, who was staying with his family in one of the 19 farmhouses scattered throughout the estate.

A great relationship was created between Sarti and Signor Bolognesi, an esteem that of the count who in ’48 turned into a gift impossible to forget for the factor: a beautiful golden Rolex. The relationship between Mr. Sarti and the Bolognesi family continues, years later, thanks to the current owner of Villa Fontana, the granddaughter of Mr. Luigi Bolognesi.

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Sources: Villa Fontan Web site, Wikipedia

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