We were ever fortunate to have our Italian hill towns trip planned by Montgomery and Gardino.
The trip was lead by Alessandra Gardino, who is a descendant of the Ranghiasci family of Gubbio,
Her family still owns the Ranghiasci Palazzo which dominates the main piazza of Gubbio.
Ale graciously took us through her palace where she explained that the walls, ceilings and stone floors of the Palazzo also date back to the 1300’s.
The façade of the palace was later rebuilt in the Neo-Classical style popular at the time in the early 1800’s
Besides refurbishing the palace’s exterior, the palace’s interior was also updated, and a large park added behind the palazzo.
The park was later granted to the city of Gubbio as Parco Ranghiasci.
Beginning in 1830, artisans, painters and decorators worked 30 years to update the palace to create
the ideal setting to showcase the family’s power and influence in central Italy.
The Palazzo Ranghiasci is now an historical and architectural monument and is protected by the Italian State.
There are 10 reception rooms on the piano nobile (“noble floor”) of the palace, including a Grand Ballroom that can comfortably seat 70 people,
a Music Room (an opulent setting for special shows), and the Palace's Grand Dining Room (a great place to hold a lavish dinner for a group of special guests).
We were privileged to be treated to the latter !!
Because i respect Ale's privacy there are no photos posted here of the palace interiors.