The House, Grounds & Pool
The house, an old stone farmhouse from the late 1700s, was part of a rich system of poderi that cultivated
the land for the noble landowners from the nearby towns of Proceno and Trevinano since the middle ages.
Abandoned since the 1950s, it was purchased in 2005 and fully restored in 2006-2007 with the goal of
preserving its beauty and its rightful place in the landscape, while converting it into a residence with all
modern comforts. The restoration was a labor of love which combined an ambitious design with the passion
and talent of local craftsmen who worked non-stop for one and a half years to bring Podere Palazzo back
to life. The structure has been restored in the traditional Tuscan style reusing the original stone and other
materials, complemented with new terracotta bricks and chestnut beams, all manufactured locally and by
The grounds encompass four acres carved out of several hundred acres of sheep pastures and woods. An
old existing pond south of the house was restored to become an open air cistern fed by a deep well for the
new irrigation system. By taking advantage of the century old oak trees around it and by creating a new
gravel terrace overlooking the Paglia Valley below, the pond is now a restful and shady oasis with hammocks
for relaxing on hot summer days. A newly planted olive grove, with over 60 plants right beneath the pond,
restores Podere Palazzos former agricultural glory and beauty. Cypress and elm, wild pear and apple trees,
wild plum and rose bushes define the driveway from the main road.
The pool is built with a double infinity edge to allow for the full enjoyment of the surrounding views. It
measures a generous 5 x13 meters [16 x43 feet] and has a comfortable shallow area for children and non-
swimmers. It is flanked by a large stone patio with comfortable sun beds for tanning, reading, or napping.