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Piegaro is a quiet community with a remarkable history. It is a typical medieval village with encircling walls and defense towers. As early as 535 B.C. there was a temple to Diana where Piagarium was inscribed. Wounded Roman soldiers from the Punic Wars with Hannibal settled the village around 290 B.C.
In 1292, Piegaro experienced a great cultural and industrial development due to the Venice Decree that all glass artisans would be held on the Island of Murano. Some glass masters escaped, traveling south in search of a more amiable setting and were welcomed by the people of Piegaro, noting a fine opportunity for commerce when they saw one! The glass artisans settled into the lowest level of our property where the two first glass ovens still exist.
In the 1500’s they built up three more levels locating even more glass ovens and a large factory where the present day Villa is. This glass works continued until the beginning of WWII when it was occupied by German soldiers. This was a sad time in the history of Piegaro, for when they left, the beautiful Comune Palazzo building was mined and destroyed. Glass work continued through the efforts of the Marchessa who lived in the Palace of Piegaro by making the remaining glass factories into worker owned cooperatives. Today, the other huge glass factory has been restored into a Museo del Vetro, with informative exhibits and glass workshops. Glass production continues to this day in the modern glass works, a cooperative in the valley.
The glass workers of L’Antica Vetreria were famous and creating mosaics and stained glass windows for many cathedrals. The magnificent Duomo of Orvieto’s façade of brilliantly colored mosaics were created in our glass works!
To this day, the people of Piegaro remain friendly and welcoming! Reflecting the spirit of their ancestors who invited glass artisans to stay, the mayor and cultural committee warmly embraced our vision to restore the ancient vetreria and invite visitors to Piegaro.