Villa Desiderio is a unique jewel, hidden deep in the Umbrian hills dominating the Upper Tiber Valley. Although located in the exclusive Umbrian hills in total peace and serenity, Villa Desiderio is only a short drive from the historic town of Città di Castello, the largest town in the Upper Tiber Valley (c. 40,000 inhabitants). Città di Castello, which dates back as far as the 1st century B.C., is still protected by an imposing expanse of sixteenth-century city wall and boasts an important artistic and architectural heritage from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance periods. Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, built between 15th and 16th centuries and the Municipal Art Gallery, host numerous priceless works of art by, amongst others, Raphael, Luca Signorelli, Giovanni and Andrea della Robbia and Pomarancio, without forgetting the painter and sculptor Alberto Burri, born in Città di Castello and famous throughout the world for his modern and highly original interpretation of art.
The breath taking views from Villa Desiderio are best summed up paraphrasing none other than Pliny the Younger (61-113 A.D.) who, between 1st and 2nd century A.D., in a letter to his friend Apollinare described the views of the Upper Tiber Valley as follows:
“the area looks beautiful: imagine a large amphitheatre, such that only nature can create….you would take great pleasure if you looked upon this region from the height of the surrounding hills: you would, in fact, feel as if you were not looking upon land but at painting of unbelievable prowess; of such variety and so beautifully arranged that your eyes take delight wherever they fall…”
Villa Desiderio, which is available fully furnished, dates back as far as the 11th century and has recently been skilfully and tastefully restored to its former glory by the current owner maintaining and enhancing where possible the numerous original features of this magnificent residence, including the private chapel.
Villa Desiderio also boasts 3 modern, fully independent apartments, a large garage, a multi purpose outbuilding and approx. 40,000 sq m of land surrounding the property and containing a stunning swimming pool.
Villa Desiderio is arranged over 3 floors plus a mezzanine floor for a total area of approx. 600 sq m, as follows:
Villa Desiderio’s electrical and plumbing systems are all modern and certified under the current building regulations. The Villa uses both a highly efficient pellet boiler and solar panels which provide hot water for most of the year contributing to significantly reduce running costs.
Completing the residence, to the rear, Villa Desiderio has a 65 sq m garage.
Villa Desiderio contains 3 modern, fully independent apartments.
Villa Desiderio is southwest facing and surrounded by approx. 40,000 sq m of land. There are two electric gates providing access to the property (one at the front and one at the rear) and the property is fully fenced. The grounds contain trees of various types, including cypress trees and olive trees and there is also a magnificent 12 m by 6 m panoramic swimming pool (built in 2007) with built in Jacuzzi and underground changing facilities.
There is also a small pond and a putting green for the golfing enthusiasts. For those requiring helicopter access, the local authority has indicated that a heliport would be possible.
Next to the guest apartments there is a two-storey outbuilding of approx. 55 sq m currently used as a storage area and woodshed which could, if desired, be converted into a gym, sauna, additional living space, etc.
Nearby towns & cities
Città di Castello (7 km); Citerna (15 km); Monterchi (17 km); Sansepolcro (19 km); Anghiari (23 km); Caprese Michelangelo (38 km); Arezzo (40 km); Cortona (60 km); Gubbio (54 Km); Perugia (56 km); Assisi (70 km); Spello (75 km); Montepulciano (87 km); Todi (97 km); Siena (101 km); Florence (121 km); San Gimignano (160 km).
Perugia Sant’Egidio (55 km); Forlì (118 km); Florence Peretola (134 km); Ancona Falconara (146 km); Bologna G Marconi (194 km); Pisa Galileo Galilei (224 km); Rome Ciampino (267 km); Rome Fiumicino (282 km).