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. It consists of 7 theaters:

-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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La Scarzuola: Citta Ideale

Buzzi bought La Scarzuola in 1957 and began restoring it to create an “Ideal City” (Città Ideale).The complex is nothing but a result of a series of hundreds of sketches that have been made to be such. The place has been built and rebuilt several times.

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La Scarzuola: The entrance

But what is an Ideal City?? I wonder.
Buzzi wanted to create a city that shows the ideal path of life to each individual. For me, it was unusual, quirky, imaginative and hard to understand. The place is strange and unlike anything I have seen in all of Italy. And that is saying something.


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La Scarzuola
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La Scarzuola: Brian

Brian, an Australian who settled in La Scarzuola since the past 20 years, told how after Buzzi’s passing in 1981, he and Buzzi’s nephew Marco Solari did the gardens.

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La Scarzuola
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La Scarzuola: Tower of the Babble

The whole complex is very complicated and it is even difficult to find all 7 theatres by yourself. That being said, it is worth visiting once and seeing what you think about it.

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La Scarzuola: Eeriness
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La Scarzuola

How to Reach La Scarzuola:
La Scarzuola can be reached by a car only. To book a tour email La Scarzuola from the link given on their website. There are guides in English and Italian that will show you the complex and gardens for EUR 10. (As of May 2015, please check current rates)

 

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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.

Ishita works and lives in Delhi.

46 thoughts on “La Scarzuola: An Umbrian Hub of Mystery & Eccentricity

  1. 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!

  2. 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..

    1. 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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