The Castle of Roccasinibalda


Description:  Magnificent castle in excellent condition, 10 minutes from Rieti
Price:  US$ 2,000,000
Heating:  A portion of the castle is centrally heated, by a coke fuelled boiler
Phone:  Yes
Size:  4,500 square metres
Land:  37 hectares
Access:  Tarmac road to Sinibalda, private cobbled street to main courtyard
Water:  Mains and well
Gas:  Town gas is available but is not connected to the castle
Electricity:  Mains 6kW

Rocca Sinibalda Castle (Rieti) is a first class national monument; it is situated close to the Via Salaria just 10 minutes from Rieti and an hour from central Rome.

The Castle covers an area of approximately 4.400 Also belonging to the property is an old water mill located near the river flowing through the valley below, two hectares of flat land along the river bank and a further 35 hectares of hillside which is mainly wooded.

The entire castle is habitable and suitable for use. It has two distinct wings to satisfy various accommodation requirements.

Climbing up along the winding cobbled pathway from the main gate, visitors reach the great courtyard which divides the castle into two distinct wings. Running along this path there is also a "Decauville tram" which helps to facilitate the movement of people and goods on the flights of steps that lead directly to the entrance courtyard.

The important main body of the castle comprises on the first floor a huge reception hall and a suite of seven large, spacious rooms, all of which receive ample natural light from the well proportioned windows. Each of these rooms has a fireplace and high, coffered ceilings. The walls in these rooms are decorated with Renaissance frescoes of considerable artistic merit. On this same floor they are bedrooms, bathrooms and all the kitchen facilities in keeping with the grandeur of the castle.

On the ground-floor, at courtyard level, there is a further suite consisting of seven halls of equal dimensions to those on the first floor, more bedrooms and bathrooms, an attractive small courtyard, and the caretaker’s house.

The other wing of the castle, on the opposite side of the principal courtyard, comprises of two self contained apartments arranged on three floors. There are three spacious terraces and various other rooms, storerooms and workrooms. This section of the castle is covered by a flat roof that will need attention.

Climbing up a spiral stairway it is possible to reach the ramparts of the castle which permit the visitor to walk around the entire circumference of the castle and gain access to the roof top terraces.

Unlike in many castles, the cellars are above actual ground level. They have wide vaulted ceilings and are well lit and aired by windows. They correspond in location to the suite of halls on the upper floor and therefore may be easily be used as further accommodation if required.

Part of the Castle is centrally heated by a solid fuel boiler although there is now town gas that could be connected if desired.

The Castle has a small but wonderful garden. The four separate areas are linked by steps and paths. It is planted with mature trees, camellias and roses amongst many other plants.

PRICE GUIDE: US$ 2,000,000

Historical outline of the Castello di Roccasinibalda

Rocca Sinibalda Castle is situated in the province of Rieti about 70 km from Rome. It stands at an altitude or 600 mts. and overlooks the village to which it gave its name.

Rocca Sinibalda Castle is situated in the province of Rieti about 70 km from Rome. It stands at an altitude or 600 mts. and overlooks the village to which it gave its name.

Although it has origins dating from the C.VIII, it was not until 1530 that Baldassare Peruzzi, one of the most important architects of his day, was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Cesarini to give the castle its present shape and solidity.

Most of the works were carried out in 1534 and, after the death of Peruzzi in 1536, Antonio da Sangallo the younger, De Rocchi and Sallustio Peruzzi, son of Baldassare, undertook the works and completed the building in 1537.

During the years which followed, the walls of the salons were decorated with frescoes painted by Perin Del Vaga, Polidoro da Caravaggio and Giovanni da Udine, all of whom were the most famous artists of the Romanesque School of their day.

Up until 1590 the Castle lived its most splendid years; more frescoes were painted by the most important artists working in Rome such as Paolo Bril, Taddeo, Federico Zuccari, Antonio Tempesta, "Nicolò Circignani The Orange" and others. Many of these frescoes were covered with whitewash at the outbreak of the plague in 1656 but the present owners, with the help of the Italian government, have commenced a long term restoration programme.

As often happened, before, during and after this period the Castle was owned by many of the most important families of the time whose influence moulded the history of Italy and the Papacy. In more recent times (1959), the castle was bought by Caresse Crosby the widow of Harry Crosby, when the castle became a centre for artists from around the world.

Explanatory notes

Integral restoration began in 1920 with the approval of the Superintendence of the Monuments and Fine Arts Service which declared the Castle a National Monument in 1928. The castle features on the L.550 postage stamp.

The castle became the property of Soc. Gionata in 1973 and its administrator, Baron Giuseppe De Stefani, began systematic restoration works, with excellent results.

Seen from the air the castle is shaped like an eagle and has four floors with respective surface areas of about 700 sq.mts., 1100 sq.mts., 1600 sq.mts., and 200 sq.mts., (as well as the attic).

The basement is composed of a seven-room suite and this layout is repeated on the floors above which contain numerous salons for entertaining as well as many smaller living areas.
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