Italy; the ancient estate of Castello di Reschio in the Umbrian hills and Tristano di Robilant’s studio in Ripabianca close to Perugia and Chiesa di S.Pietro at Tuscania

by Venetia Kapernekas

While vacationing in my paradise Maremma, on  August 11th, upon a lovely invitation by a german collector, I drove from Maremma to the beautiful  area of Niccone valley/Umbrian hills to  attend  an exhibition by  Calyxte Campe at the Tabaccaia  at   the  amazing Castello di Reschio (Reschio is a thriving,  family-run  estate whose history can be traced back to the beginning of the 11th century). It was an amazing 3 hour trip,  from Pitigliano to Sorano and then thru Acquapente and Ficulle and Todi and  Castiglione Magione del Lago.

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(above: opening exhibition by Calyxte Campe, photo@Tabaccaia,Castello di Reschio

a lovely and generous dinner followed at the private estate of the Bolza family (Thank you so much Conte Benedikt and Nencia)
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The architecture and restoration work at Reschio marries traditional Umbrian building-styles with an extraordinary contemporary sense of design. Each finished building is a beautiful piece of living architecture built for the modern world in the time-honoured traditions of Umbria and Tuscany.

Reschio is home to the Bolza family who, over the last twenty years, have been restoring its secluded ancient Umbrian farmhouses into masterpieces of contemporary architecture and design. Benedikt Bolza’s  interiors combine traditional artisanal detailing with a bold contemporary aesthetic.

The Tabaccaia (where the exhibition) was a former tobacco processing factory built in the 1940s and since renovation was completed in June 2013 has become the creative heart of the Reschio Estate.

see more of  the estate here

http://www.reschio.com/creative_centre.php

That evening I  stayed  at the  lovely Ca’ di Costo, run and owned by Jenny Nichols (Jenny is an amazing chef )

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highly recommended on your next Italian trip

www.slowcooking.homestead.com

I continued next day my trip back to Maremma thru Perugia with a visit at the  house /studio of my friend and wonderful artist Tristano di Robilant, at Ripabianca, (at comune of Deruta in the province of Perugia) and  sharing a homemade lunch at his home/studio. (below some pics)

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I continued the trip back to my house in Manciano,  thru Montalto di Castro, and  a stop  with Tristano at  Chiesa di S. Pietro at Tuscania

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