The eighteenth-century Villa Montegranelli still retains the name of the original owners: the Counts Guidi of Romena and Montegranelli.
Nowadays, it is a prestigious location for weddings and events, features 3 beautiful dining-rooms and 21 guest-rooms. From each window you can admire the beauty of the private park, the circular garden maze, and the striking view of the city of Gubbio on the slopes of Mt. Ingino.
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The Montegranelli Restaurant has three dining rooms characterized by the warmth of the stone that forms large arches and vaults that enhance all senses. In addition to the Umbrian dishes are treated and also served dishes that follow the best Italian tradition with particular regard to the choice of the best raw materials locallly available.
For more intimate occasions the wonderful Hall of Pomegranates offers a special atmosphere ideal for private dining that can accommodate up to 30 people, for the most special occasions of the cloister much more spacious room will make your pleasant convivial meetings.
For the most important occasions spaces and courtyards of the upcoming Villa will become a beautiful location for your outdoor dining. Finally, the room of the restaurant, which can accommodate up to 50 people, is characterized by the large central vault stone will bring you in an elegant and timeless atmosphere.
Story of Villa Montegranelli
The eighteenth-century Villa of Montegranelli still retains the name of the original owners: the Counts Guidi of Romanian and Montegranelli. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the fortified palace built on existing structures is transformed into a country residence and in the eighteenth century, which was sold to the Marquis Sources Biscaccianti, was adapted to the stylistic canons of the time. At the end of the eighteenth century the villa appears in the Cadastre Bartoli, where he represented "the palace with the Labyrinth and a circular grove nearby."
In the nineteenth century appears in the register Gregorian "always with shapes similar to those of today but with external arrangement of green far more important." They were set on large avenues orthogonal, of which survives today, only the eastern lined with cypresses, and a large area to the formal garden, now barely recognizable in the context of the landscape.
The building has an L-shaped plan and stands three stories, which they blame on the back of lower volumes almost in the form of court and is complemented by a family chapel inside, and a bell on the back is supposed there was also a External Church today no longer present.
The Villa is a place of business Receptive and is characterized by three dining rooms and offers twenty rooms from which you can admire the beauty of the park, the Circular maze of boxwood, but the incredible view of the city of Gubbio on the slopes of Mount Ingino.
Immersed in the green hills of Gubbio, the Villa, in the eastern part presents a beautiful avenue lined with cypress trees which leads to the circular maze of boxwood with seven concentric rings. The date of construction of the labyrinth is uncertain, but dates back to the eighteenth century. Girolamo Carli, professor of eloquence in the diocesan seminary of Gubbio has studied the maze trying to reconstruct its historical origins, the first drawing, Carli reconstructs a preliminary and imperfect plant maze of Montegranelli, associating the metric data collected by him on the spot. In the second drawing, instead Abbot outlines with extreme precision and accuracy of the plant maze, accompanied the relevant "Scale Feet of Romans." The notes and plans of Carli play quite important, because they allow us to reconstruct the exact form of the initial, and establish the date around 1750-1760. The labyrinth is a rare and unique example of the territory of Gubbio.
The rooms of the villa and the upper floor
The beauty of the Villa opens in theaters on the top floor, where the secondary entrance, you enter the hall of mirrors, framed by Baroque plasterwork, fine and magnificence to the room's fireplace, the beauty of which is softened by the variegated corner pilasters , and the fireplace, original "valance" and plaster cherubs, a rare example of, if not unique. Here you can admire the panel over with mythological episodes. He then opened the gallery, the old family chapel of the ambulatory of the cloister, where is located the family crest Montegranelli, represented by a water fountain and the crown.
The coat of arms of the ancient family Biscaccianti it appeared split in blue and red in the uniform of gold in the first with a silver fish topped by a star, in the second three coins of gold. Following the coat of arms is always represented by the field cut in red and blue with a band of gold, red in three groups of mountains, a source in the blue.
Inside the villa you can admire a church in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, depicted in the painting on the altar as the saint holding the hand of the Child, and the whole chapel retains oil paintings of great value, angels and racemes.
The confessional, and east-facing windows receive the light to an atmosphere of genuine reflection.
The chapel is open to the outside with a door ormontata from "Signum Christi", Avellanese (inlaid with gulane), and the crown of the Mater Misericordia, adorned by a mappino that exalts the nobility and beauty in stone palombina. Further up a small bas-relief that encloses The Deposition of Christ.
The History of the Counts Of Montegranelli
The family of the Counts of Montegranelli is of ancient origin and lived in Gubbio for 400 years. Comes from the famous Guidi family, Palatine of Tuscany and Gentlemen of the Casentino, who became the Counts Guidi of Mantua and the Marquis of Bath. The Guidi was responsible for the construction of the fortified palace which over the centuries XVI XVII is converted manor house.
At the end of the eighteenth century. was sold to the Marquis Sources Biscaccianti.
The noble family of the Guidi in the thirteenth century was divided into several branches, including Aginolfo, founder of the Counts of Romanian and Montegranelli (the noble lineage is mentioned by Dante in Canto XXX of hell). By Count Aginolfo, descents of Montegranelli Antonio, famous Guelph who had to fight in 1389 Ghibelline troops led by the Earl of Bath descendant of the Counts Guidi, remaining a prisoner of this relative. Antonio then was appointed Podestà of Florence in 1406.
The Count Azzo, Antonio, extortionists and banned by the Florentine Republic, took refuge in Gubbio with his brother Alexander. There are also news related to Dragon Biscaccianti, captain of the Duke of Urbino in 1436 and Agostino De Nicolelli Biscazzantibus, Gonfaloniere in 1441. In 1468 there definitely settled in Gubbio this illustrious family, in the person of Azzo, Knight Grand Merit, ascribed to citizenship and the aristocracy eugubino as results from the reforms. The children of Julian, Giambattista and Sebastian, were the founders of the Counts of Montegranelli, whose descendants were prominent citizens. From this family formed three different branches: the Biscaccianti, the Biscaccianti Zeccadoro (formed by the union of the descendants of Scipio Biscaccianti with the House Zeccadoro for the wedding took place in the seventeenth century. Lucrezia with the Countess), and finally the extant of Biscaccianti the source or sources who had derived the name from the source placed in front of their building and quartered in the arms who wanted to stand out from the other two branches. The coat of arms of the ancient family Biscaccianti it appeared split in blue and red uniforms with gold, a silver fish in the first surmounted by a star in the second three mountains of gold.
Following the coat of arms is always represented by the field cut in red and blue with a band of gold, red in three groups of mountains, a source in the blue.
Since 1969, the Villa is owned by the family Pierotti.