L’Antica Canonica

Imagine: what if you could live in a 12th century fairy-tale, in a location full of history, art, and past? That is what you could enjoy in this really unique property immersed in the Umbrian countryside near Todi!

The origins of this splendid hamlet date back to 1200. In the XVI century, on its foundations, a monastery was built. During the last century, the residence hosted an American actress, a writer, and more recently the well-known abstract artist Piero Dorazio. All these important characters had found an oasis of peace and tranquillity in this splendid location, perfect to make art thanks to the history of the hamlet and the beautiful surrounding nature. The entire property was restored in the ’70s preserving its historical features; it is now ready to be customized according to the new owners’ needs.
The property is currently composed of:
– “foresteria”, with reception room, breakfast room, kitchen and laundry room at ground floor and 2 large living room, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and closed loggia with access to the secret garden on the first floor;
– “Casa del Maestro”, with entrance, reception room, study, kitchen, internal courtyard, and covered portico at ground floor, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large covered terrace with a view of the gardens designed by Ippolito Pizzetti on the first floor and attic bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor;
– Sant’Angelo deconsecrated church, majestic building with bell tower, high ceilings, frescoes and arches, used by Dorazio as his atelier;
– Cellar
– Agricultural annexes
– 2 Cottages: once used as monks’ private residences, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, a small chapel and 2 private fenced gardens each;
– Keeper’s house of 200sqm.

The swimming pool is a true artwork: it was designed in 1990 by Dorazio himself with Bisazza coloured mosaic tiles.
The property includes a 17th-century natural spring and a land of 5ha, with a cypress tree-lined boulevard and arched entrance, 300 olive trees, truffle ground, and woods.

State of repair

The property was completely restored in the ’70s, preserving the original historical features: frescoes, vaulted ceilings, arches, loggias, secret gardens. It is partly ready to move in; thanks to some renovation work, it could be adapted to the new lucky owners’ needs.
This important residence needs somebody who can take care of it, bringing it back to the splendour that is still possible to breathe in every corner.
The marvellous swimming pool is an artwork itself: designed by the artist Piero Dorazio in 1990, it is decorated with Bisazza coloured mosaic tiles that seem to move, thanks to a visual effect of light and water.


The property is provided with all the necessary utilities. The water supply is granted by the town aqueduct plus 3 private wells. The property also includes a natural spring, dating back to the 17th century. The independent heating system is fuelled by diesel.

Use and Potential Uses

This magnificent historical mansion would be suited for many uses. Thanks to its strategical position, close to the major Umbrian centers, it could be a prestigious private residence for a large family, where to live in touch with nature in an exceptional historical background.
Another possible solution is to turn it into a luxury hotel, perfect to satisfy the top clients’ highest expectations: here, they could experience an unforgettable holiday.
It could also be partially inserted into the luxury vacation rentals market.

Land registry details

Great Estate Group, through the owner’s specialist, draws up a due diligence on each property, which allows to perfectly know the urbanistic and cadastral situation of every property. The due diligence can be required in case of real interest in the property.

Ownership details and eventual contractual obligations

The property is owned by a company and it will be purchased through transfer of the shares. For its beauty and historical importance, this property is subject to restriction by the Superintendency.


The property is easy to reach, located just 7km away from Todi, 48km from Perugia, 140km from Rome, and 190km from Florence.

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Property’s details

Price: €2,780,000

Type: Castles and Villages

Land: 46,000 m2 / 495,139.86 sqft

Bedrooms: 30

Bathrooms: 20

Kitchen: 4

Living Rooms: 4

Studio: 4

Year of construction: 1000

Year of the last renovation: 1970

Condition: Not restored

Energy class: G

Surfaces data

Commercial surface : 3,566 m2 / 38,384.10 sqft

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Airport: 50 km

Bank: 8 km

Cinema: 28 km

Hospital: 17 km

Lake: 14 km

"Railway station": 9 km

School: 7 km

Sea: 144 km

"Ski facilities": 103 km

Supermarket: 8 km

Theatre: 8 km

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