Outstanding historical property
The actual aspect of Villa Negri-Arnoldi alla Bianca and its interior structure take us back to the beginning of the 18th century, when, as confirmed in a document found and kept in the "salotto verde" (the green room), a rich and powerful lady from Spoleto, countess Lavinia della
Genga Accoramboni, restored and enlarged this "casino di campagna"(countryside lodge), devoting it to the idling and hunting pleasures.
Before, the building was supposedly an inn for the pilgrims visiting the contiguous shrine (Santuario della Madonna della Bianca), built in 1530. In fact, three rooms of the ground floor represent the primitive part of the building, having a structure with big vaults, dating back to mid-16th century, which means they have the same age of the shrine.
Afterwards, around the 19th century, the Villa was bought by the Fratellini family from Campello, which enlarged it with new appurtenances, as stables, woodshed, aviary, the pigeon loft on the top of the "torretta" (typical element of the Umbrian architecture), the grotto-ice house in the underground, etc… The Fratellini also embellished the park, with native and rare plants and did paint frescoes in many rooms of the house, with floreal motifs (as the lobby, the
entrance, the billiard room). In 1885, count Luigi Arnoldi, established judge in Rome, bought the entire property from Filippo Fratellini. From that time the Villa has been kept in its original structure (except the
convertion of the stables in a living-room and some other little practical changes), maintaining its sober charm of ever, thanking to the heirs, counts Negri-Arnoldi and Ojetti, which have been lavishing care and attentions to the house.
Once you walk in, through the main door, you enter in a large, vaulted frescoes lobby, opened to the courtyard. From this you enter in the house. On the right side, right above the door you can read the Oratio’s words "AUREA MEDIOCRITAS". From this door you get into the entrance and from this room you enter either into the dining-room, or in the "cucinone" (old kitchen), or in the kitchen, or in the other, separate and independent apartment of the Villa or in the main staircase, leading
to the 1st floor. In the courtyard, you find a garage, an old hoven, a bathroom and a little bedroom. From the entrance, a staircase brings you in the "stanza delle nove porte" (nine doors’room) so-called because from this room you enter into many rooms: the "salotto verde" (the green room), the bed rooms (3 double rooms), the studio with kichenette, 2 bathrooms and the torretta (2 double rooms and a bathroom).
The Villa faces the main square of the small pretty village of Campello sul Clitunno (which hosts the UNESCO World Heritage "Tempietto"). On this square you find all you need: newsagent, bar, grocery, post office, cash dispenser, Police station.
The 1,5 hectares’park is divided by a 100 metres’path. Fields, old trees (especially oaks), thickets, bamboos’ grove host many birds species.
The Villa has a cottage in the middle of the park, comprising a bedroom, a bathroom, kitchenette, living-room, which is usually kept by the owners. The area is rich of natural and historical beauties, dotted by marvellous scenarios. Villa Negri-Arnoldi alla Bianca is the perfect starting point for lovely walks and excursions. Marvellous is the path to the Castle of Campello (about 2 hours walking from the Villa), or to the Fonti del Cllitunno (Clitunno’s springs) (20 minutes), to the Castle of Poreta (1 hour), to Pettino (a nice place high 1000 metres, 3 hours walking). Pleasure car trips to Spoleto (10 minutes), Bevagna (15 minutes), Montefalco (15 minutes), Foligno (10 minutes), Spello (20
minutes), Assisi (25 minutes), Perugia (35 minutes), Cascia and Norcia (40 minutes). Every corner of Umbria is full of interesting and precious things. Everywhere you can discover something pleasant and surprising. A stay in Villa Negri-Arnoldi alla Bianca is a wonderful opportunity to go around, discover, learn Umbria, the “Italy’s green hearth”.
In 2000 the Villa hosted the background of the movie “Domani”, directed by Francesca Archibugi.
In June 2001 the Villa and its Park were declared historically important by the Italian Ministry for the Arts and the Environment.
In December 2001, the entire restoration of the complex has been financed by the Regione Umbria. The restoration ended January 2006.
In June 2011, the complex hosted the Regional event “Storie di ville e giardini”.
Being our guests means enjoying a special and very private taste of Italy, both in Rome (my home in Rome located 5 minutes'walking to Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain), Umbria (Villa Negri-Arnoldi alla Bianca) and Terracina (Torrione San Giovanni and Torrione San Lorenzo). Since September 2014 we also provide to our guests special tours through Rome on board of old Fiat 500 and Piaggio Vespa Special "as Romans do" ("500 views of Rome").