Near the UNESCO site of San Salvatore’s Basilica , a few kilometers from Spoleto along the ancient road of Nursina, you can reach the Villa going along a mysterious road in the secular woods. Cicerone already had mentioned the residence of General Titus Matrinius in 100 BC. The Villa and the surrounding residential complexes have expanded over the course of the centuries in 1700 to its present formation.
Lorenzo De Domo Alberini expanded it in 1784 with the aid of the architect Francesco Angelo Amadio. In addition, he had it completely decorated by renowned artists of that time creating a sense of trompe-l’oeil, a fantastic world in which there was a mixture of a sacred and profane and without a doubt one of the leading themes of the whole project: a unicum in the rich repertoire of the Italian farmhomes.
The Villa is conceived as a fantastic meeting place, and has been used over time by the owners to welcome the distinguished individuals who visit Spoleto.
Among these individuals, we remember Pope Leo XII (belonging to the same family) and Pope Pio IX. Recent guests have been some of the most important individuals of culture, art and entertainment in the various editions of the Festival of Two Worlds, such as Giancarlo Menotti, Thomas Schippers, Rudolf Nureyev, Luchino Visconti, Ezra Pound, Pablo Neruda, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Romolo Valli, Luciano Pavarotti, Toquinho and many others.
The structure, completed by a large Italian garden and immersed in a luxurious park, has kept its characteristics intact by becoming an exclusive meeting point for conferences and cultural events.
Such activities are ideally staged in the elegant and nearby Limonaia (lemon house.) The Lemon house which faces the main garden; is destined to hold important cultural and artistic events.