Restoration

Our restoration of this vast glass works that had been abandoned for over sixty years was made possible by an incredible network of Italians that we felt blessed to have stumbled upon.  We are still in awe of the devout attention of our geometre, Gianni Romizi, who nursed this project daily for over three years. Mario Pagliacci with his crew of gifted artisans who took great pride in seeking out hidden gems of history and preserving them worked twelve hours a day with a small daily break for lunch to complete the restoration in a record-breaking year and a half.  Our dream was planted by us and nourished with loving care by a wonderful and caring group who are now our friends. When we came together to celebrate at the end of this immense project, the whole village of Piegaro celebrated with us!  Each week for the past nine seasons, we have proudly welcomed our guests to enjoy the fruits of all of our efforts.  Watch the video too at: L'Antica Vetreria Renovation: A Dream Comes True!

A wonderful website: "Renovating Italy" by Lisa Chiodo and her husband, Sam, all about renovations!!!  http://www.renovatingitaly.com/lantica-vetreria-the-glass-factory-renova...

  • Gianni, who made this project possible!

    Gianni, who made this project possible!

  • The restoration project with scaffolding and crane.

    The restoration project with scaffolding and crane.

  • Mario starts the new driveway from piazza.

    Mario starts the new driveway from piazza.

  • New driveway and entrance to il Forno.

    New driveway and entrance to il Forno.

  • Removing the old roof tiles.

    Removing the old roof tiles.

  • The old roof tiles removed.

    The old roof tiles removed.

  • Here's where the old roof tiles go!

    Here's where the old roof tiles go!

  • All floors removed from factory exposing three levels. il Forno oven behind ladder.

    All floors removed from factory exposing three levels. il Forno oven behind ladder.

  • Base of 9th C. tower is filled with rubble.

    Base of 9th C. tower is filled with rubble.

  • Bobcat comes in to remove the rubble from tower base.

    Bobcat comes in to remove the rubble from tower base.

  • Digging out the rubble of what will become a kitchen of La Terrazza.

    Digging out the rubble of what will become a kitchen of La Terrazza.

  • Mario inside the base of the tower which will be a bedroom.

    Mario inside the base of the tower which will be a bedroom.

  • Mario at entry to 9th C. defensive rooms & tower that will become La Terrazza.

    Mario at entry to 9th C. defensive rooms & tower that will become La Terrazza.

  • Old firewood niches in future il Forno apartment.

    Old firewood niches in future il Forno apartment.

  • Opeing up the old firewood niches to become glassed doors to il Forno.

    Opeing up the old firewood niches to become glassed doors to il Forno.

  • New arches for windows and doors of il Forno apartment.

    New arches for windows and doors of il Forno apartment.

  • The old arch of il Forno.

    The old arch of il Forno.

  • Now the arch for il Forno opened with glass oven on left.

    Now the arch for il Forno opened with glass oven on left.

  • Ceiling of il Forno and floor above of La Cantina.

    Ceiling of il Forno and floor above of La Cantina.

  • La Cantina first level.

    La Cantina first level.

  • La Cantina with stairs to second floor.

    La Cantina with stairs to second floor.

  • La Cantina king bedroom window with no roof yet.

    La Cantina king bedroom window with no roof yet.

  • What will be the Villa dining room.

    What will be the Villa dining room.

  • 9th Century roof beam of tower sailing away...will become the fireplace mantles.

    9th Century roof beam of tower sailing away...will become the fireplace mantles.

  • New metal I-beam coming in to fit into the wooden cradle.

    New metal I-beam coming in to fit into the wooden cradle.

  • New beam that spans the whole property inside il Forno and il Nido.

    New beam that spans the whole property inside il Forno and il Nido.

  • New metal I-beam inside the wooden cradle inside il Forno and il Nido.

    New metal I-beam inside the wooden cradle inside il Forno and il Nido.

  • Great arch with new bracing.

    Great arch with new bracing.

  • Looking from tower through the arch.

    Looking from tower through the arch.

  • Fastening the new brace within the arch.

    Fastening the new brace within the arch.

  • New brace for arch detail.

    New brace for arch detail.

  • New column to support the library level above kitchen in Villa.

    New column to support the library level above kitchen in Villa.

  • Pouring cement for new column.

    Pouring cement for new column.

  • New column using the original bricks.

    New column using the original bricks.

  • Chestnut beams.

    Chestnut beams.

  • Mario and Colleen with the beams for second floor of bedrooms in Villa.

    Mario and Colleen with the beams for second floor of bedrooms in Villa.

  • Scond floor beams in Villa.

    Scond floor beams in Villa.

  • il Forno ceiling beams.

    il Forno ceiling beams.

  • il Forno 16th C. glass oven in living room.

    il Forno 16th C. glass oven in living room.

  • Evandro laying floor tiles in La Cantina.

    Evandro laying floor tiles in La Cantina.

  • Andrea keeps the mortar of tiles wet on Villa floor.

    Andrea keeps the mortar of tiles wet on Villa floor.

  • Bianco cuts the beams.

    Bianco cuts the beams.

  • Mario and Colleen watch GianLuca and Evandro lay beams for second floor of Villa.

    Mario and Colleen watch GianLuca and Evandro lay beams for second floor of Villa.

  • Andrea operates the crane that will deliver the bricks to the top of column to reach roof beams.

    Andrea operates the crane that will deliver the bricks to the top of column to reach roof beams.

  • il Nido fireplace.

    il Nido fireplace.

  • View towards kitchen and tower bedroom on right landing to library.

    View towards kitchen and tower bedroom on right landing to library.

  • New main roof beams are in place, column building up to support.

    New main roof beams are in place, column building up to support.

  • Main roof beam with metal cradle that will attach to brace spanning the width of Villa.

    Main roof beam with metal cradle that will attach to brace spanning the width of Villa.

  • Main column supports brace.

    Main column supports brace.

  • Main roof beam anchors to column.

    Main roof beam anchors to column.

  • New roof beams in place.

    New roof beams in place.

  • Colleen and Tom in January on new roof.

    Colleen and Tom in January on new roof.

  • New roof in place!  Thanks Mario and Gianni!

    New roof in place! Thanks Mario and Gianni!

A WORD FROM OUR GUESTS

  • I don't know if I am a poetic enough writer to do justice writing about this property. Not only is there beauty to the eye in the unique, historical building, in the gorgeous views, and in the sweet village, there is also beauty for the soul in all of these elements. An experience like this is my favorite way to travel: some days my family took day trips to local sites and played tourist; other days we hung around the village, being a part of everyday community life. For the owners of this property, Colleen and Tom, this endeavor is so much more than a business; it is a passion of the heart that is evident in every detail, large and small. They are completely accessible by email, phone, or in person to share their joy and knowledge of the region, the people, and each and every logistical question you can throw their way. I traveled here with my husband and 6-year-old son, and we all found something to enjoy, and we all wished we could stay much, much longer than we were able. I can't imagine not visiting here again.

  • Wonderful accommodation in a working village with REAL Italians and few tourists. A great place to get the feel of the true Umbria away from the tourist spots. Lovely hill top villages to explore when you have had enough of lazing in/by the pool admiring the gorgeous view. No need to cook either as there are a couple of great places to eat in the village. The meat from the village butcher may just tempt you to barbeque on the terrace though as it is superb quality. Colleen and Tom couldn't be kinder and are always around in an unobtrusive way to help with queries. You won't go wrong staying with them!

  • We have been singing praises to everyone who will listen on this side of the Atlantic about our visit to L’Antica Vetreria.  We had a wonderful time in Piegaro and before we even returned to Fiumicino Airport everyone was saying that that they wanted to come back for another visit.   Our stay with you is going down as one of those fantastic vacations that will survive in family lore for many years...and generations... to come. It is a trip that our three granddaughters will be telling their children.

    My wife tells me that whenever she wants to relax, she mentally takes a tour through Piegaro. The butcher, the grocer, Luca’s wonderful meals and pasta sauce, the daily meetings of “the ladies of the Piazza,” Papina's weaving of palm fronds around wine bottles, our stunning tour of the eco-winery Castello Monte Vibiano - followed by lunch at the little family restaurant “down the road” among the farms that we would never have found without Tom’s guidance, Colleen’s fabulous tour of Assisi …and, not to be forgotten, karaoke night in the Piazza. Who knew that a village karaoke night could be so much fun. All of these things stand out in minds, but most of all we remember the warm embrace of the people of Piegaro and warm welcome and assistance that Colleen and Tom gave us throughout our time at the Villa. We all wish that we could hit restart and discover it all over again.

  • A friend and I were travelling throughout Europe this summer and our last week was booked at L'antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We fell in love with L'Antica and the lovely, quiet village. It was the perfect place to spend our last week relaxing and enjoying this beautiful area of Umbria and Tuscany. The owner, Colleen, gave us tours to nearby villages and places of interest that we would never have gone on our own. We also visited some of the more well known tourist towns but the charm was in the places not well known to the tourists. Her knowledge of the area, the culture, people and history made our stay very special. Our room was completely furnished so we shopped at the local stores and cooked several meals in but also favored the local eating establishments that had fantastic food. You must try the Pizza Colleen at Juni's restaurant...I'm sure I'll never have one as good until I can return there. We had a beautiful view from our apartment il Nido of the and valley below and the village square is just a few steps from the entrance. Colleen gave pasta making classes one day to guests which was great fun and the glass factory offered etching classes and we each brought home a treasured piece.. I can't wait to go back. It's not just a place to stay, but Colleen has endeared herself to the local people and because of that, they make you feel welcome and embrace you as part of the village. A great stay, don't miss it.
    Iris Matthewson

  • Thanks, Colleen and Tom, for renovating this lovely building in the charming town of Piegaro. It had everything we were looking for - a pool, a beautiful setting in a lovely town (with groceries and restaurants), and lodgings that are luxurious by European standards. Easily accessible from the Autostrada and within an hour to Orvieto, Siena and Florence, it made a great base for our exploring. I just wish we could have stayed longer!
     

  • It's been a year since we've been there, but the sense memories are so vivid...it feels like a week. Colleen and Tom have created a retreat that's elegant and serene. Twenty times a day we'd witness something so simple and beautiful that we'd stop what we were doing and stare: The view of the valley, the clouds, the town, the birds, the 1000 year old interiors. This is the kind of place that when you're telling your friends about it, you'll say: "Go. Trust us. Just go. Stay as long as you can.

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