Set among the lush green hills that gently embrace the beautiful Umbrian-Tuscan countryside, Villa Valentini Bonaparte is a charming historical residence dating back to the 17th century located in the street of Laviano, in the municipality of Castiglione del Lago, where Santa Margherita da Cortona was born. The Villa was built by the illustrious architect Giovanni Caproni at the behest of Princess Maria Alessandrina Bonaparte, Napoleon's granddaughter, who in 1853 bought the estate from the Oddi Counts to be closer to her beloved husband, Count Vincenzo Valentini, exiled for political reasons. The residence of the spouses Valentini-Bonaparte quickly became a parlor where the most authoritative exponents of the patriotic movement of Perugia and literati met. [show more...]