The magnificent Villa Aureli is more than an ornate Italian country villa – at its heart it is a family house.
Villa Aureli is run by Sperello di Serego Alighieri, who oversees what has been his childhood home and longtime family estate. After heading off to pursue university studies, Sperello assumed ownership of the villa. Luckily for visitors, his villa – considered a historic landmark by the Italian government – and its two guesthouses are open for bookings.
In the 1970’s me and my three sisters all left home to go different places for university. After my father’s death in 2002, I took over the villa. A villa like this can seem difficult to deal with, but since I was born and for quite a few years before I left it has been my home. Caring for it is quite normal – like cutting my nails once a week.
– Sperello di Serego Alighieri
Villa Aureli is situated at the southern edge of the village of Castel del Piano, near Perugia in the central Italian region of Umbria. As the villa is considered a national monument adding walls and other renovations are controlled by the government making upkeep a constant battle.
While not home to the Umbria’s main historical figures – saints like Saint Francis of Assisi, Santa Chiara, and Saint Benedetto – Castel del Piano is the birthplace of composer, Luigi Cerini, who composed the hymn for the Italian police (carabinieri).
Since the villa largely caters to guests from abroad longer stays are required. For example, guests must books at least three nights in the low season, and seven nights in high season.
It was built as a house to live in, so I think it is important to keep that role, with people living in it.
And that is exactly what is offered to holiday goers visiting this charming Umbrian getaway.
Guests looking for array of Italian country villa options will find just that at Villa Aureli.
- 1st floor apartment
- Accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms including 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, sitting area, entry.
- 2nd floor apartment
- Accommodates up to four people in two bedrooms. Includes 1 bathroom, kitchen, dining room, lounge, hallway, gallery on the first floor and toilet on the ground floor. Two additional bedrooms can be added on request with another bathroom for up to 8 people.
- Apartment Adolfo Ovest
- Accommodates up to 5 people – 2 bed/2 bathroom with living room and kitchen.
- Apartment Adolfo Est
- Accommodates up to 4 people – 2 bed/1 bathroom with living room and kitchen.
Rest assured that each option has a private entrance and kitchens (fully equipped with dishwasher, oven, and washing machine) to make you Italian country villa vacation a dream. In addition to you will have access to the villa’s common amenities: garden, swimming pool, Wi-Fi access, and park.
While not always easy to maintain such a majestic villa, the important things is that was built as a house to live in. Sperello deliberately maintains his Italian country villa to preserve that role, with people living and enjoying the splendor of the properly.
“Something like this will last well after me, so the important thing is not to reinvent the property in my image.”
These limitations are taken in stride however – as the property has been and continues to be designed for the future – with slight adjustments.
For centuries the estate depended on agricultural production. Nowadays, while agriculture alone cannot sustain the property, its heritage remains. There are two wine varieties – a white and a red – that are bottled and stored in the villa’s cellar. In fact, the wine production is done principally for the guests, not for international distribution.
As a result, of the the small production the product has no chemicals. As the wine settles in your glass and your heart, be sure to turn your gaze to the landscape. For it is in the garden where enchantment awaits.
Some seventy large lemon trees line the gravel path, sweetening the air, limoncello, and delectable lemon tarts.
Rounding out the flora and fauna are the bitter orange trees – used to make marmalade – and chickens – for the freshest of eggs.
REST and RELAXATION
It is strongly recommended that you rent a car from Rome enroute to this Italian country villa. This is a positive as you can mix up your stay here by venturing into nearby towns.
Specifically, there are numerous picturesque Umbrian hilltowns nearby such as Montefalco, Spoleto, or Gubbio.
Between cooling off in the swimming pool or enjoying the Italian style garden – designed by Costanzo Batta – there is plenty to help you relax.
Beyond the garden there is a large open area where you can find sheep grazing. Outside the property there are rolling hills and countryside for long strolls before returning to the villa to enjoying dinner in a private spot taking in a long Italian summer evening in a historic ambiance.
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