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Casa dell’Abate Naldi is located in San Quirico d’Orcia, 40 km south of Siena along the route of the Via Francigena – the old pilgrim route to Rome.
It was built in the XVII century by Matteo Naldi, senese physician, scientist and personal doctor of pope Alessandro VII Chigi. In 1684 the house became property of Angelo Simonelli, an art expert. He was the nephew of Nicolò Simonelli, the curator of the art collections of the Chigi and Pamphili families in Rome. Angelo moved to San Quirico following Cardinal Flavio Chigi when Cosimo III de’Medici honoured him with the title of marquis.
In the late XVIII century the surname of Giorgio Santi was added to the Simonelli one. Giorgio Santi was a naturalist, friend of Diderot and Benjamin Franklin, member of the parisian enlightenment society of  “the 9 Sisters” while serving as minister the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. He died without heirs and therefore left his surname and properties to the relatives of his wife, Anna Simonelli.
The first floor entrance is marked by a pair of windows with leaded glass. The reception rooms are located on either side of the hall. When the doors are open the visual effect is remarkable. From the main drawing room, which looks out towards the main street, we can also enjoy the view of the hanging garden located in rear of the house. The Italian-style hanging garden is one of the main features of the house and it’s connected to the building by three terraces.
In the main hall, looking on via Dante, that still maintains the original decor of the XVI Century, the current owners organize chamber music concerts. Vittorio Cipolla, nephew of Vittorio Simonelli, and his wife Lorenza, have started, in 2010, a music festival –Musica negli Horti– with the artistic direction of Maestro Gianluca Capuano.

Since 2013 Casa dell’Abate Naldi has hosted Gli Archi Culinary School, where Lorenza teaches cooking classes and organizes dinners and tastings, sharing her love for traditional recipes. 



Casa dell’Abate Naldi, owned by Lorenza and Vittorio Cipolla, was built in the seventeenth century on behalf of Matteo Naldi, a Sienese scientist, archiatrist of Pope Alexander VII Chigi. In 1684 it passed into ownership to Angelo Simonelli, collaborator of Cardinal Flavio Chigi, nephew of the pope, and has remained with his family ever since.

Come and visit Lorenza and Vittorio and they will take you on a journey through time, discovering the stories of the characters who lived in this house. You will see how the architecture, furnishings and decorations have been stratified over time, from the lounge to the hanging garden to the small tower from which you can enjoy a unique view of San Quirico and the Valdorcia.

duration: about 1 hour
€18 per person for groups <8 people
€12 per person for groups of at least 8 people

duration: an hour and a half
€25 per person

It is also possible to book a stay at Agriturismo Il Rigo in the center of the family’s agricultural property.

The owners of Casa dell’Abate Naldi will send you by post a postcard hand-drawn by Roberta Vegni, to be placed under the Christmas tree as a gift.

Get ready to prepare some amazing traditional Tuscan recipes with Lorenza at Casa dell’Abate Naldi, and then lunch is served in the old kitchen by the large fireplace or in the outdoor courtyard in fine weather.

The menu is prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients and always includes a type of fresh pasta (pici, tagliatelle, ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna). During the course, you will learn the techniques used, what can be done in advance and how to understand and interpret what is written in the recipes with the help of all our senses: touch, sight and smell.

Participants are given a copy of the recipes prepared, an apron and anything else necessary. If there are special requests, such as a preference for a recipe or food intolerances, we ask you to report it at the time of booking.

The cooking class starts at 10.30 am and lasts about 3 hours, plus time for lunch and a visit to the house.

duration: 4 hours
€70 per person (min 4, max 6 people)

The owners of Casa dell’Abate Naldi will send you by post a postcard hand-drawn by Roberta Vegni, to be placed under the Christmas tree as a gift.


An underground vein of attention to the Arts has unraveled over the centuries and has remained in the House. Vittorio and Lorenza have chosen to live in the family home, whom they love very much, to preserve it and in the hope of passing it on to future generations. The mansion was part of a large agricultural property. After the end of the sharecropping Vittorio, with a University Degree in Agriculture, took over the management of the company, which he called Il Rigo from the name of the first plot of land that passed under his direction, first modernizing it and later transforming it into an organic farm, one of the first in the Valdorcia to make this choice. Lorenza had just graduated in agriculture when she met Vittorio, and from the very beginning she encouraged and supported the choice of organic farming which in those years was beginning to be recognized and certified at a European level.

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