The Students’ House
In 1968, the central part of the complex that housed the students, by then rather dilapidated, was restored to transform it into a home for the young people and their teachers. The aim was to facilitate communal living without losing the spirit of the place, which has always been conducive to solitude and self-reflection.
The restoration work managed to preserve the veranda, whilst the façade was given a more modern look, in keeping with the style of the sixties.
The remaining part of the monastery was bought from private owners in the ‘80s. It had been home to a few disadvantaged families, as well as a blacksmith’s workshop in a section of the ground floor and a rag-and-bone man’s shop in the remaining part, an area that is now home to the Parlour and the Fireplace room.
Restoration of the remains of the old Monastery of the Augustinians was completed in 1984 and resulted in full restoration of the existing cloister (24 arches).
The chapel was created in the rooms of the monastery’s old refectory, the essential features of which were retained and restored (columns, stone floor, and granite portals). It has been furnished with great care, as can be seen from the furniture of great artistic and artisanal value, the presence of a Mascioni organ and an excellent Via Crucis by the artist Mauro Mulini, which was a recent acquisition.
Guests may also access the original sixteenth-century cellars, the Fireplace room and the Affreschi room, which was once the monastery’s parlour.
The last addition was in the ’90s, when the “factory” was bought. Its three floors now house bedrooms and some reception rooms, such as the Rosmini Room, which houses a precious painting from the early sixteenth century by Piero di Giovanni Bonaccorsi, known as Perin del Vaga, who was a pupil of Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio in Florence and worked on the decoration of the Vatican loggias with Raffaello Sanzio in Rome.