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.
(above: opening exhibition by Calyxte Campe, photo@Tabaccaia,Castello di Reschio
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
That evening I stayed at the lovely Ca’ di Costo, run and owned by Jenny Nichols (Jenny is an amazing chef )
highly recommended on your next Italian trip
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)