In a new book on Artist’s houses in Tuscany there is among others the house of Sandro Chia.
Near Montalcino, Tuscany, the internationally famous artist bought about twenty years ago a medieval castle, a twelve-century fortress called Il Romitorio, on a hilltop, surrounded by oak forests. Here he spends time during the year when he needs a rest from frenetic New York or sunny Miami, also to reconnect with his native Tuscany, that he left for North America in the 80’s.
Original stones, fallen roof tiles and original beams were restored and reused to give new life to the castle, at the same time of the restoration the vineyards were planted and now, after several years, Il Romitorio produces fine wines and grappa with the help of expert oenologists and tasty but light olive oil comes abundantly from the surrounding olive groves.
The library with large and well used bookcases, antique cotto floor
and charming pale green antique armchairs.
Sandro Chia’s paintings from 1980’s and 1990’s on the walls of the library.
The large living room with a gorgeous original floor restored to perfection, 17th century chairs,
a large tapestry and a wooden religious sculpture on the walls.
The attic was transformed in the artist’s studio, with a perfect light for
reading, meditating and working.
A luxurious retreat but with the unpretentious atmosphere of a country house, well lived and full of personality.
The book “Toscana, case d’artista” is written by Mariella Sgaravatti, with photography by Mario Ciampi.
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