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Villa Paradiso di Pianciano

Italy, Umbria

An exceptional 17th century villa, gloriously restored

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Villa Paradiso di Pianciano






In the Valle della Spina near Spoleto, Umbria, Italy

Travel Information

Rome airport - 2 hours, Ancona airport - 1.5 hours, Perugia - 45 minutes

Top Tips

Relax and enjoy the magnificent landscapes before exploring further afield, when the 12th. century cathedral in Spoleto and the wine growing town of Montefalco are musts


17th century grandeur with a full retinue of staff

Villa Paradiso di Pianciano

Villa Paradiso di Pianciano is a carefully restored Umbrian mansion and a magnificent example of 17th Century patrician grandeur. Retaining many outstanding original features, including: frescos, a minstrel’s gallery above the glorious ballroom, fireplaces, a private chapel and a general feeling of an opulent history, Villa Paradiso is somewhere to celebrate the present in the presence of an exceptional past.

The villa was the summer holiday residence of one of Umbria’s most important families, the Piancianis, until the villa was bought by its current owners, the Bachetoni Rossi Vacarri family, in 1911, who then saw to its careful restoration in the 1970’s, overseen by the architect Tomaso Buzzi.

Positioned on the western slopes of the beautiful Valle della Spina, facing the mountains and the borgo where once the soldiers that manned the Via della Spina toll road were billeted, Villa Paradiso is approached by a strada bianca lined with cypress trees. The estate has sweeping views of ancient olive groves, (listed by Unesco to become a world heritage site), the mountains and the flowering beds of the formal gardens. In the middle of the valley is the old toll road which was once the only route from Rome to the Adriatic and the source of the Pianciani family wealth, but this is hard to believe today, given the handful of cars that pass each hour.

With 6 double bedrooms and another single, the villa is an ideal property for an exclusive family holiday in authentic surroundings, or to be shared between families and friends, while it is also an exceptional choice for a romantic wedding or a special place to mark a landmark celebration.


The Grounds

The estate covers over 1200 hectares within unspoilt countryside. It is rugged, even wild up on the Sibillini mountains that reach over 1000m, along with rolling foothills, dotted with olives groves, pines, forest and eternal skyline vistas. Wild boar, red deer and wolves (though rarely sighted) thrive in the mystical interior and at dusk while the songbirds release their final chorus, you can enjoy the melancholic bray of donkeys echoing across the valley.

In the gardens you will find an invitingly large 12x6m swimming pool, with day loungers, a shower and changing facilities.

With a full complement of staff, including a house manager, an excellent chef from Rome with his sous chef and housekeepers, there is no reason to leave ‘Paradiso’, but when you want to explore, the lovely town of Spoleto with its 12th century cathedral is less than 20 minutes away and Perugia, Orvieto and Assisi can all be reached in roughly an hour. The beautiful medieval walled town of Norcia is also close by.

We enjoyed an excellent local lunch at Osteria del Trivio in Spoleto and also ventured to the wine town of Montefalco to visit our favourite restaurant there – Locanda della Teatro - where we dined on the freshest shaved artichokes with 24-month-old Parmigiano Reggiano, linguini vongole and truffle risotto, followed by a plate of local pecorino cheeses, all accompanied by Paolo Bea’s finest Montefalco Rosso Riserva, 2010. In Umbria, they know how to live.

It is magical spending time here, so much so we changed our plans and booked our family holiday here this summer.


  • Barbeque area
  • Large Swimming pool 12x6 m
  • Gardens surrounded with Olive groves


  • Large entrance hall
  • Two Living rooms
  • Breakfast room
  • Kitchen with fire place
  • Private Chapel
  • Library
  • Billard room
  • One Guest bathroom


  • Ball room
  • One Living Room
  • Two Double bedrooms 
  • Two Twin bedrooms
  • Three Bathrooms
  • One Guest bathroom


  • Two Double bedrooms
  • One Single bedroom
  • Two Bathrooms



House manager daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. Daily house cleaning, pool maintenance and gardening, bi-weekly changes of bed-linen, bathroom and pool towels. Daily Continental Breakfast, including Sundays. Biologic products, selection of local cold cuts and cheese, fresh patisserie. Complimentary WiFi provided: coverage in living rooms, pool and garden. Satellite TV, hi-fi system in the living rooms with digital library and playlists. Please note that as a historic property, there is no air conditioning, but with thick stone walls this is not necessary. Services on request: laundry and personal ironing, babysitting and transfer service from and to airports.

Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews

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