Winter hasn’t hit with its full force yet, but we’re already thinking where to spend next summer: in Italy’s ‘green heart’ of Umbria.
Occupying the site of a medieval bastion in Spello – and incorporating the ruins of an early Roman settlement into its foundations – Palazzo della Torre comprises a 17th-century building, two outbuildings and a small annexe spanning 14,230 sq ft.
The main palazzo is spread over four floors, each level with its own bathroom and kitchen. The building has been adapted and restored several times since its construction in 1602, most significantly in the 1920s when the villa was sold to engineer Filippo Preziosi.
He set about structurally restoring the property and updating its interiors, commissioning artist Ugo Scaramucci and interior designer Giovanni Tucci to paint a frieze depicting the history of music in the building’s vaults in 1924.
In recent decades, the property has been completely restored to its former glory, including the ornate fresco ceilings in the reception room and bedrooms – of which there are nine, as well as four kitchens and six bathrooms in the palazzo. Modern decorative additions have been kept to a minimum, allowing the ceilings’ elaborate friezes do the talking.
Space is not in short supply at Palazzo della Torre, thanks to its grand proportions, high ceilings and plethora of utility rooms, workshops, studies and storage rooms. There’s even a chapel on site.
Beyond the main palazzo, a two-storey outhouse has been converted into a garage/studio space and a two-bedroom apartment, complete with kitchen and family bath (ideal for guests). A second outhouse holds a semi-converted one-bedroom flat.
And if you fancy getting your hands dirty and leaving your own mark, the annexe – intended to store equipment for the split-level gardens and orangery, which cover 37,674 sq ft – is ripe for renovation as a garden snug or studio space.