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La Scarzuola: An Umbrian Hub of Mystery & Eccentricity

Located in the Montegabbione commune of Umbria, La Scarzuola is a Franciscan convent made by a Milanese architect- Tomaso Buzzi. La Scarzuola is a unique place to visit in Umbria and a great day trip from Perugia. It is truly an Umbrian hub of mystery and eccentricity!

La Scarzuola: An Umbrian hub of Mystery & Eccentricty

What is La Scarzuola??

The entire area called La Scarzuola is nothing but a complex made from hundreds of sketches. Tomaso Buzzi bought La Scarzuola in 1957 and began restoring it to create an “Ideal City” (Città Ideale). The place has been rebuilt several times since then and roughly consists of 7 theaters:

I visited La Scarzuola on a dull grey May afternoon and was shown around by Brian, an Australian who has been living in Umbria since more than 2 decades. Brian decided to take care of the place and takes tours in English along with Marco Solari, another tour guide who also happens to be Buzzi’s nephew!

La Scarzuola is divided into 7 theatres:

-Theatre of Apollo
-Theatre of Diana
-Theatre of Bees
-Theatre of the Ideal City
-Theatre of the Big Lawn
-Amphitheatre
-Tower of the Babble

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But what is an Ideal City?? 

I wonder….Buzzi wanted to create a city that is ideal and tries to show “an ideal path of life” to each individual. For me, nothing there was ideal about this place. It only felt strange and errie. The different architectural designs around me explained nothing. No doubt there were unusual and quirky but hard to understand. La Scarzuola is one of the most unusual places I have seen in Italy.

That being said, it is worth visiting once!!

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Brian, my tour guide

 

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How to Reach La Scarzuola:

La Scarzuola can only be reached by car. There are guided tours in English and Italian fr €10. I suggest you to email La Scarzuola from the link given on their website. These rates are as of Feb 2020, please check current rates before visiting.

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  • Manja Mexi Movie
    November 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my… just something for me. 2h20 from where I am… Waiting for an eager visitor to spur me into going. 🙂 Thanks!

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    • Ishita
      November 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Haha I hope you can soon and I will be interested to see your point of view of this strange place

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    November 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    […] Deep in the green heart of Italy and quite close to Perugia is another small town with an ancient castle, a single yet fabulous Bar and the historic convent of La Scarzuola. Need I say more? For more details check this. […]

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  • vinoinlove
    April 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

    What a great post about Umbria. Those pictures are stunning!
    Cheers!

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    • Ishita
      April 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Grazie Bella :*

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  • christie jones
    March 24, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Great post Ishita! “Città Ideale” reminds me of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval from France.. I guess lots of people looking for the perfect place in this world:) Nice place, looks quite romantic in the gardens..

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    • Ishita
      March 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

      I’m going to check this place from France 😀 you are right. This was his ideal place but I wish it was complete. Yes the Umbrian countryside is stunning

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  • Tina
    March 22, 2016 at 7:27 am

    FAb! What a great tip! Must check it out!

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    • Ishita
      March 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Tina 🙂

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  • timelessitaly
    March 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Fascinating! And your photos are really beautiful…I’ve never heard of this place. So unusual…

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    • Ishita
      March 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Italy surprises me. Surprises us all 🙂 thank you cara!

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  • bunnytrailing
    March 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Great pictures !! Buzzi’s idea of an Ideal City seems pretty fascinating to me.

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    • Ishita
      March 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Me too 😀 Sometimes I wonder what would have happened had he completed the city.

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  • Stacy di Anna
    March 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I have never heard of this place! Fantastic suggestion for tourists. Might be a good place when traveling with kids? Looks like a place they could enjoy and run around a bit. I the bigger cities I always need to have my daughter within arm’s length!

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    • Ishita
      March 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Yes Stacy. But you l have to check whether their tours allow kids. The place is perfect for kids and a picnic basket. Lol. Thank you!

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  • Diana Lynn
    March 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    whohoooo….love that sexy sculpture!

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    • Ishita
      March 18, 2016 at 3:57 am

      😀 eccentric isn’t it

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  • blogginginitaly
    March 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely! How far is this from Cortona, do you know?

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    • Ishita
      March 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      It is about an hour from Perugia. Notfar from you either. Only a 15 minute away from Citta del Pieve which I missed 🙁

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  • 1944april
    March 17, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Something very different! thanks :-o)

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  • Tanja
    March 17, 2016 at 2:47 am

    that’s a huge woman!;) what a quaint place!

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    • Ishita
      March 17, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Yes 😉 and weird too. Thank you

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  • Francis
    March 17, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Your post ishita makes want to visit this extraordinary place even more!

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    • Ishita
      March 17, 2016 at 6:27 am

      And you are so near! Please do visit and give me regards to Brian.

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  • Lyn
    March 17, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Gosh you find some interesting places Ishita. You say the best way to get there is by car, but how did you get there?

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    • Ishita
      March 17, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Thank you Lyn. I was at Montegiove earlier which is a 5 minute drive. Car!

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  • ravenhawks magazine
    March 17, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine.

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  • dudeandthefood
    March 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    loved this…unique…intriguing…the tower of babble is magnificent

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    • Ishita
      March 17, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Thank you 🙂 I stepped back in time.

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  • voguishlychic
    March 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Hey babe ..nice post ..this indeed is an.unusual place and the history makes it intriguing 😍😍😍👍

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you Jovita 🙂 it is.

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  • Art We Wonderful
    March 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Ishita, thanks so much for bringing this unusual place to us! Another daytrip added to my list!

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      You are always welcome, cara. I hope you can visit really soon

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  • Alok Singhal
    March 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    It does look eerie! But the structures and gardens look pretty well preserved…i guess tourism will catch up with it someday 🙂

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Yes it is. True but that day is far. This place isn’t near any rail lines or bus stops.

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  • Michelle Williams
    March 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    What a cool place to visit!

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      On your list for next time? 😉

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      • Michelle Williams
        March 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        Not next time but perhaps the time after that. My next Italy trip is work and already planned out. Next one for vacation will definitely include Umbria!

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        • Ishita
          March 17, 2016 at 6:29 am

          Yay super 🙂 I can’t wait to suggest you another place.

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  • Stefania Bufano
    March 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Make Italy Yours.

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks a lot Stefania 🙂

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  • mukul chand
    March 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Great Post.

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    • Ishita
      March 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Mukul 🙂 So nice to see you here.

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