In the heart of central Italy, in the province of Le Marche — one of the most peaceful, beautiful, and undisturbed regions on the peninsula, and perhaps the nation’s best-kept secret — lies a hidden jewel: the nearly 6 hectare Renaissance estate known as Villa Buonaccorsi.
The exclusive property of the family of the Counts of the Buonaccorsi from 1582 until 1969, the walled estate, perched high on a hilltop surrounded by exquisite horizons and rolling green hills studded with walled towns and valleys sloping gently toward the nearby Adriatic coastline, has retained not only its original character but, perhaps as importantly, its full architectural and botanical splendor and function.
The 8,000 sq. m. five-tiered garden is one of the finest examples, stilt extant and fully functional, of the magnificentfy landscaped classic Italian garden, replete with greenhouse, statues, grottos, and unusual water displays. In the adjacent private woods, once used for bird-snaring, are rustic foot bridges over a stocked fish pond, charming clearings with stone benches for tete-a-tetes, and the thick, high-tree vegetation typical of the region.
The buildings on the property, from the graceful Villa to the stables, private chapel, servants’ quarters, garages, workshops, and the garden’s puppet theater and greenhouse comprise an outstanding example of the self-sufficiency of Italian country estate life.
The property, a small, autonomous village in itself, boasts an olive oil press, large kitchens with bakeries and ovens, granaries, warehouses, carpentry and other craft workshops, garages, and more. The private main road leading from a gate off the State highway to the villa extends as a service road around the inner circumference of the estate walls. All areas, levels and buildings are interconnected by a varied network of paths, stone steps, and secondary roads.