Savills | Villa Prosperini, Bonsciano, Perugia, Umbria | Property for sale
5,381.96 sq ft(500 sq m)
Asking price €1,350,000(£1,166,131)

Villa ProsperiniBonsciano, Perugia, Umbria

  • Reduced

Key features

  • Original 30's features
  • Formal garden with fountain
  • 12 x 6 m salt water pool
  • Feature staircase
  • Tree lined drive and electric gates
  • 6 hectares of land
  • Additional building

Stunning 30's villa in a private yet convenient location. Surrounded by 6 hectares of land and with saltwater pool and annex, this elegant  8 bedroom property has been fully restored.

About this property

  • Only a few minutes away from the nearest town, Villa Prosperini was elegantly restored about 10 years ago. The ground floor consists of an entrance hall with direct access to both the formal dining and sitting rooms. A hallway leads to a pretty little study and kitchen with adjacent scullery where the central heating boilers are housed. A beautiful white marble staircase rises up from the black and white chequered hallway to the first and second floors where there are a total of 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, one of which has the original 1930's fittings. Also on the first floor there is a sunny library that connects the two largest bedrooms and this lovely space has a wrought iron trimmed balcony that overlooks the formal garden and decorative pond with fountain. The villa is accessed via a private tree lined drive and hand made wrought iron gates open onto the garden to the front of the house, whilst to the rear there is a large two storey annex that requires internal renovation but is already completed externally. There are two garages on the ground floor of the annex.  The 12 x 6 metre saltwater pool sits on a lower level than the villa and is therefore invisible during the winter when it is covered and less attractive. A third annnex, much smaller and requiring total renovation, is located on that same level and would be perfect as a pool house or smaller guest accommodation. The area surrounding the villa is planted with very mature trees including two magnificent cedars. The garden and land are well maintained and envelop the villa and guest cottage providing both privacy and seclusion. That said the location is very convenient with shops and amenities within a five minute drive.

Local information

  • Mid-way between Città di Castello and Umbertide.

Additional information

  • Citta di Castello is a working town built on the Tiber and tourists often pass it without a second glance. Those that do are missing out on a charming old centre (with some good bars and restaurants) and two art galleries, the Pinacoteca Comunale and the Burri Collection, located in two buildings around the town. Pinacoteca Comunale located in the Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, the town art gallery has works by Luca Signorelli (from Cortona) and Raphael. A member of the Vitelli family (who used to own the palazzo) is mentioned in Macchiavelli's ‘The Prince', the unfortunate mercenary captain is garrotted on the orders of Cesare Borgia. If you fancy a break from medieval and Renaissance art, the Burri collection is the ideal place. Alberto Burri was born in Città di Castello and was leading member of the Arte Povera movement, using cheap and recycled materials to create abstract works of art. The collection of 257 pieces is located in the Palazzo Albizzini in the town centre and in buildings previously used for tobacco drying, south of the town centre.
  • Umbertide and the surrounding area was inhabited in pre-Roman and Roman times. The 19th century archaeologist Mariano Guardabassi attributed a small building, located about 1 km from the town centre, to the Etruscan but this is by no means certain. The Roman town of Pitulum was destroyed by Totila in the mid-6th century but the present incarnation, then known as Fratta, was said to have been founded in the 8th or the 10th century depending on which scholar you prefer to believe. The present name was adopted in 1863 in honor of then Crown Prince Umberto.
  • Although there are remains of the medieval walls, a few medieval houses, and part of the impressive Rocca, many of Umbertide's best monuments are of later periods. The main church in town is the collegiate church of Santa Maria della Reggia. It is an octagonal 16th century brick building topped by an elegant cupola, housing a few paintings by Niccolò Circignani. Santa Maria della Pietà, with the attractive funerary chapel of the counts of Sorbello, is late medieval and Renaissance. The seventeenth-century church of Santa Croce houses a museum with a good collection of paintings, including a Deposition by Luca Signorelli. The largest church, San Francesco, is Gothic.
  • Beyond the town limits the principal monuments are the castle of Civitella Ranieri, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Umbria. The abbey of San Salvatore di Montecorona which has a beautiful eleventh-century crypt with early Romanesque capitals and naïve 18th century painted ceilings. The medieval castle of Polgeto, the abbey church of S. Bartolomeo de' Fossi and the walled medieval village of Borgo Santa Giuliana