Set in a scenic location between Cortona and Montepulciano, in Tuscany, Villa Valentini Bonaparte boasts a long history featuring great personalities that further contributes to enrich its charm.
Maria Alessandrina Bonaparte
This is the place where the story of Saint Margaret of Cortona and the stories of Princess Marie Bonaparte and Earl Valentini, weaving together, are retraced.
The history of Villa Valentini Bonaparte began in the mid-nineteenth century when Princess Marie Alexandrine Bonaparte, Napoleon's niece, purchased in 1853, from the Oddi family, the estate of Laviano, between Tuscany and Umbria, with the aim of being closer to her beloved husband, Earl Vincenzo Valentini, who was forced into exile from the Papal State to the city of Florence. Princess Bonaparte entrusted the famous architect Giovanni Caproni with the task of designing the villa.
Apart from the imposing main body of the villa, the magnificence of the park surrounding the whole estate catches the eye of attentive visitors. It was the princess' favorite place to go for a walk and spend pleasant moments of retreat while waiting for her beloved spouse. In the current project, apart from the centuries-old park, the property was enriched with big gardens that are in blossom all year round.