If it is true that places can possess a soul, then this is particularly true of Villa Cicchi: the splendid, welcoming structure is still first and foremost a family home. So, it is here that by considering it first a place of family aggregation and of love, one distinctively senses the love with which the Cicchi family has, for decades, taken care of this historic residence.
And perhaps it’s no accident that at the centre of this harmonious composition - which the manor house forms with it gardens, swimming pool and terraces - there is a tiny seventeenth century church (desired by the first proprietor of the residence, Don Angelo Angelini), perfectly conserved and witness to numerous marriages.
Above the front door, a coat of arms made of stone and dated 1745 gives testimony to the ancient origins of Villa Cicchi and prefaces the elegant rooms decorated with soft tones and different pastel colours for each setting by artist Raffaele Fogliardi.
The mood is particularly charming in the wine cellar: entirely excavated out of the travertine, it guides you upon a short journey into past, accompanied by a number of agricultural instruments hanging on the walls that were used throughout the centuries by the hands that lived in the villa. The most precious treasure kept here is a barrel of vino cotto dated 1845.
Though a historic residence, Villa Cicchi was also the first farm to become a holiday residence in the city of Ascoli Piceno (1995). The chef will delight you with traditional specialities from Marche, made with organic produce that comes directly from the farm.
Outside, the park with a swimming pool is surrounded by charming vineyards and olive groves, and is home to an incredibly ancient species of rose (passed on from generation to generation) that today enshrouds the stone benches, the dry-stone walls, the fountains and the romantic paths with its fragrance.
It was here that the parents of the proprietor, Signora Maria Elena, promised eternal love and chose this place as the home of the heart.