In the land of Brunello grapes, there is a bluff that casts views across the town of Montalcino and the UNESCO heritage site Val d’Orcia. An area known for its golden light that has long attracted artists, atop that bluff is a place that harnesses it.
Paul Bertelli, an American architect, worked with local Montalcino-based architect Marco Pignattai on devising a renovation that would honor this villa’s historic roots as a 1600s farmhouse. The result lets in loads of natural illumination, drawing attention to the addition of Venetian plaster and local travertine, all anchored by handmade terracotta floor tiles.
Contemporary Italian furniture by the likes of B&B Italia punctuates the indoor-outdoor layout, mixed with unique pieces by local craftsmen. We love the antique chestnut dining table for ten, and imagine it topped with pizzas made in the outdoor, wood-burning pizza oven.
Within strolling distance of a gelato on the cobblestone streets of Montalcino, this villa is a grand statement worthy of its geographical position, sitting high in the sky like a crown on the bluff.