La Scarzuola

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Paul Harcourt D
Orvieto, Italy3 contributions
Visit Ruined by Rude and Profane Guide/Owner: Fascinating & Idiosyncratic Architecture
Oct 2020
Intriguing and idiosyncratic architecture but an experience ruined by the guide, who is also the owner. From the outset, he made it clear (with frequent profanity even with children present) he would not consider questions or interruption.

We had been told a minimum of 8 people was needed to make a group: in the event, there were numerous such groups and over 100 people, masked but far from socially distant and certainly not in the spirit of Covid 19 regulations.

The owner spent much time haranguing the assembled throng with a largely irrelevant stream of consciousness and little was to be learned about the place...we speak fluent Italian and found each sentence was garbled and concluded with a clap of his hands.

Unfortunately, It was not possible to wander away from the group and enjoy the place: there was a minder who watched and made people stay with the over-large group. Some years ago, it was possible to wander and thus more interesting. It would be far better to have smaller groups with professional guides who have some liking of (and respect for) paying visitors. people felt their presence was resented but their payment welcome. At the end people were bluntly told to get out as he stood by the gate...John Cleese in his portrayal of Basil Fawlty had far greater charm.
Written 18 October 2020
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Pam G
Italy50 contributions
amazing!
Aug 2019
one of the most amazing place that i see in my life. Marco is the owner and also is the guide of the place. you can feel the passion in his eyes. i will come back there cause is a magical place!
Written 6 July 2020
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ThenWestwardHoe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands132 contributions
Most amazing place
Apr 2019
This extraordinary architectural feat is well worth a visit. The owner conducts the tours himself and in the end, we wandered away from his endless tales to enjoy the place by ourselves. You need to reserve via website and the minimum amount of visitors is ten.
Written 29 October 2019
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Collazzone
Palm Springs, CA138 contributions
Poorly conducted tour
Jul 2019 • Couples
We went on a Sunday tour, conducted in Italian, not knowing that it was possible to go on an English speaking tour. The man who did those tours seemed nice and knowledgeable

However, the Italian tour guide, Marco, who is the owner, did not seem to care about his group, who paid 10€ each. He lived for the sound of his own voice, laughing at his own jokes. The tour went so slowly that we (and others) asked him to open up the gate and let us out before we even got to the inside of the theaters or the church. That was after ninety minutes. Then we couldn’t leave because the parking area is so small that we we blocked in by later arrivals.

His friend, the English speaker, an Australian, told me that his tours are very different.

Not recommended if Marco is your guide.
Written 8 July 2019
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Lmyt
Hanoi, Vietnam2 contributions
Go Only If You Must!!
Jun 2019 • Friends
The park was really beautiful, unfortunately the owner was very rude, every other word out of his mouth was a swear word. That made it an extremely unpleasant visit no matter how fascinating the park was. He started by insulting the visitors at the beginning of the tour, then went on to lecture us about the world and the political situations of Italy with the most vulgar form possible. I went with 2 friends because I had seen such beautiful pictures from the internet and was hoping for a nice walk around the garden with the guild telling us about the planning, construction and history behind the man who built the garden, instead we got a torrent of insults. I won't suggest anyone to go unless you can overlook the owner's behavior which I found it quite hard to do though at some point I stopped listening. If I had to pay to get insulted I might as well stay at home.
Written 25 June 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA9,548 contributions
A bizarre experience
Apr 2019 • Couples
La Scarzuola was built on the site of a convent founded in 1218 by St. Francis of Assisi. The Saint is said to be responsible for the beautiful gardens in a woodland setting.

In 1956, a Milanese architect, Tomaso Buzzi, purchased the property, and set upon an ambitious plan to develop his vision for “The Ideal City” based on an obscure book published in 1499. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is an allegory, where the protagonist pursues the love of his life in a dreamlike landscape.

The psychologist Carl Jung admired the book, believing the dream images presaged his theory of archetypes. That should tell you all you need to know – this place is bizarre!

The current owner, Marco Solari, is still attempting to complete the work his uncle began.

We spent about 90 minutes walking the property, listening to Solari explain his (strange) beliefs on science, religion, architecture, music, and any other thought that popped into his head. He very often referred to himself as a “visionary” but we heard many of the other guests mumbling lunatico.

Many of the buildings have been designed in the Gaudiesque style. The grounds are beautiful in a disjointed and rambling way.

The art is a combination of ancient and modern, and is sometimes creepy.

Most of the gardens were not well maintained, but there were exceptions, like in the cloister which had beautiful roses.

At one point Mr. Solari was encouraging people come join him here in this ideal setting. There is plenty of room to build the home of your dreams, no matter how strange it may look. There does not seem to be anything like a Design Review Board.

We were not allowed inside the historic convent and monastery. We only had access to the modern parts of the property.
Written 8 May 2019
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andylawless
Bologna, Italy58 contributions
Wonderful setting - just ignore the guide
Apr 2019 • Family
La Scarzuola is a magnificent place, a true folly filled with architectural symbolism and mysticism, and well worth visiting. Be prepared, though, to put up with the owner who is also the 'tour guide' around the grounds. You'd be better off to simply ignore him - if you listen to his ranting and raving, punctuated every couple of seconds by 'You don't understand', you'll learn precious little about the project. You'll have to endure much talk about conspiracies, artificial intelligence, and the like (when he started drifting on to terrorism and vaccinations, we drifted off). Much better to hang back from the group and take in all the sights and sounds of this strange place.
Written 30 April 2019
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Rugiada A
Cesena, Italy16 contributions
Non andare
Mar 2019 • Friends
Proprietario maleducato. Non adatto ai bambini. The owner is a very bad person. It isn't a good idea to go there with children I think.
Written 25 March 2019
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Simone-the-italian
Varese, Italy44 contributions
Magic Place - great site to visit
Jan 2019 • Friends
Great place to see to get in contact with old ... new ... darkness and lights. Magic, holy and scientific place. You have to go to understand the essence ;) I will come back asap to get connect to Arpanet and new artificial intelligence of the planet ahahahaah ;)
Written 2 January 2019
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Akxsel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands433 contributions
The crazy mind of an architect in reality
Dec 2018 • Solo
Let's call the style "eclectic" … it's a good balance between fabulous meaningful art/architecture that will let you think about the meaning of life … and at the other hand of the balance … it's a warning to never ever say to an architect "just create what you think is best". Must visit though!
Written 30 December 2018
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