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La Scarzuola

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Address: | Frazione Montegiove, Montegabbione, Italy
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+39 0763 837463

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An exotic collection of symbolic buildings - a Milanese architect's idea of the 'ideal city' in the peaceful rolling hills of Umbria. The setting is beautiful. The owner, whose... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Canberra, Australia
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61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

It's fun to visit this crazy architectural fantasy, and worth the trip - if you're in the area - to see the original monastery building alone. The owner goes on and on and some people find him offensive (if you have Italian-speaking children you might want to skip it). A few people left and asked for a refund when we... More 

1 Thank 41Rebecca
New York City, New York
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

What a fantasy. The place is a dream. Brian gave us a tour with about 8 others. An old restored monastery does not begin to describe this fantasy land. I don't have the words to describe it properly. Google as much as you can and do not miss an opportunity to view.

Thank shayne r
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2016

An exotic collection of symbolic buildings - a Milanese architect's idea of the 'ideal city' in the peaceful rolling hills of Umbria. The setting is beautiful. The owner, whose property includes an ancient convent, where, according to tradition St Francis stayed, is likely to be your guide. Peace shattered! While giving a very interesting commentary in Italian, this opinionated gentleman... More 

1 Thank celiaghirardi
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

In the middle of nowhere at the end of a very long twisting winding unmade up road you arrive in fairyland! The most incredible twentieth century folly. An unimaginable concoction set on an Umbrian hillside. You must book, ask about tours in English. We were surprised that there were at least fifty people on our tour. No idea how they... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting friends in Umbria we headed off for a visit of a convent where Francis d'Asisi is said to have stayed and which an Italian architect from Milan Tommaso Buzzi bought in 1956. What he then did to the place is fascinating! You have to arrive at the time of the visit and wait outside the imposing gate. Once inside,... More 

2 Thank Lizioli
Terrace Park, Ohio
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54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The setting is formidable. The convent, built on a location where San Francesco stopped, is impressive with its walls and chapel. Behind, the ideal city of architect Tomaso Buzzi built with tufo bricks challenges your mind and spirit and brings you in a world of dreams and symbolism. It is worth a visit. Note:the owner/guide is very eccentric. I would... More 

1 Thank stezene
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved this tour. Our tour guide was wonderful- he was very I formative and told some fantastic stories! This place is indescribable!!! Unlike anything we have ever seen before!!

Thank Amanda B
London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

What an absolutely extraordinary place in the middle of nowhere. Our Italian friend had told us about La Scarzuola so we thought we'd make the hour and a half drive from our hotel to visit. We are so glad to have made the effort, it's a mix of Harry Potter and Willy Wonka, quite bizarre but at the same time... More 

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Cowplain, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016

This is quite simply a unique place and well worth a visit. Other reviews have covered most aspects so I'll add a few comments on how to visit La Scarzuola as it's only open for pre-booked groups with a minimum number of people. If you are independent travellers contact the place by phone or email (see website for details) and... More 

2 Thank LoveItaly700
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113 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Loved the theatrical pull cord bell to toll the arrival of guests at the front gate. And then it opens.... and the next hour and a half is like being in Willy Wonka's garden. I loved it and was amazed at just what lay behind those enormous gates. I absolutely recommend you go. Completely unexpected.

1 Thank Nicole R

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