It was the hunting house of the Potenziani family, even if the definition is rather reductive, always having been a magnificent structure, embellished with frescoes, decorations, artistic friezes and stucco.
It was the hunting house of the Potenziani family, even if the definition is rather reductive, always
having been a magnificent structure, embellished with frescoes, decora2ons, artistic friezes and
stucco. From hunting lodge, between 1781 and 1795, when there was the first increase in power
and prestige of the rich Rieti Family, sumptuous summer residence, in the mid-nineteenth century,
a definitive seat of the small “court” Prince Ludovico Spada Potenziani Veralli (1880-1971), in the
early twentieth century. Near the villa is from 1508 the convent of San Mauro given permanently,
together with a part of the park, November 9th 1963 by the Prince Ludovico Spada Potenziani to the
order of Capuchin friars.
A secular park, a noble villa an impeccable service in an unforgettable location. This is the recipe
for an excellent stay where everything has been studied in detail.
Located in 500 meters s.l.m. on the top of Colle San Mauro, since 1778, it enjoys an enviable panoramic view from Valle Oracola the monumental crenellated walls of the ancient Reate dominated by the beau2ful Mount Terminillo.
Between 1781 and 1795, following a first increase in power and prestige of the rich Rieti family, it became the hunting residence of the Potenziani.
From hunting lodge, a sumptuous summer residence in the mid-nineteenth century, decorated with frescoes, decorations, artistic friezes and stucco.
Perfectly preserved, the tempera painted ceiling of a room in which winds an elegant repertoire of Herculaneum archaeological mo2fs and "chinoiserie" frescoes of 1845, particularly beloved by the princess.
In the early years of the twentieth century it became the permanent seat of the little "court" of Prince Ludovico Spada Potenziani Veralli (1880-1971). Governor of Rome and central figure in Rieti history of the time, he transformed the old rural residence of Potenziani in a luxurious and charming villa.
Hard to describe the atmosphere that surrounds crossing the threshold of the "Salone delle Feste": the smell of the wood and its natural crunching under our feet accompanies us in this lavish time jump; the great wooden ceiling, sculpted and carved in the early '900 by Nicoletti brothers and the huge stone fireplace dominates the scene.
Villa Potenziani, has hosted illustrious guests such as Guglielmo Marconi, Benito Mussolini and Nazzareno Strampelli.
Bought by Balzerani family, since 1990 has been restored, making it return to former glory and transforming it into a high-level accommodation.