Spacious historic apartment, renovated in luxurious style –
Modern living in the center of medieval San Severino Marche
This is the perfect apartment for clients who want a comfortable, modern environment in the heart of town, well connected for travel within Italy and Europe. A high-end renovation situated on the main piazza, this elegant space will appeal to those interested in experiencing the Italian lifestyle in an authentic and convenient setting.
With over 300 square meters (3,000 square feet) of luxurious space, this grand apartment comprises most of the third floor in an historic palazzo that was once a noble family’s home. It overlooks the bustling main square, which is ringed with shops and cafès. Recently renovated in high-end modern style, the spacious three-bedroom home includes:
- Open kitchen-dining area with wood-burning fireplace
- Cozy sunroom
- Large living room with butane fireplace
- Intimate library
- Loft office/guest room
- Access to private roof terrace with spectacular views of the medieval town
- Two and one-half baths in natural slate
- Downstairs laundry room
- Ample storage in an unfinished area above the kitchen, plus a lockable room in the basement
Air conditioning was seamlessly integrated into the kitchen/dining area and living room, and unobtrusive wall units installed in the master bedroom and upstairs studio. Windows are all new – double-paned, insulated for sound and heat, and compliant with historical appearance standards. Floorings are either original to the palazzo or recently redone: custom resin in entry, kitchen, dining room and sunroom; hardwood in living room, hall, and two bedrooms; and original 16th century pink herringbone brick in the library and guest bedroom. Custom window treatments were designed for the space.
Location: Palazzo Crivelli in San Severino
Built in the mid- to late 1600s, Palazzo Crivelli is one of the imposing mansions that encircle San Severino Marche’s elliptical piazza, one of the loveliest in the region. The palazzo is located at the far eastern end, near the elegant bell tower designed by renowned architect Ireneo Aleandri, and was once home to a wealthy noble family. Its interiors still reveal the stately architecture, including elegant stairways, an interior courtyard, and lovely sculptural details.
Life in this charming medieval town revolves around its piazza, the hub of Italian social life. Numerous bars and restaurants just steps from the front door provide delightful spots for a relaxing breakfast or the famous local aperitivi, as well as both casual and elegant dining. Plus, the piazza itself becomes the focal point for year-round activities: outdoor movies on summer evenings; the medieval Palio ceremonies during June; Christmas displays in December; and a weekly market on Saturday mornings, where the townspeople circulate and you can find everything from household goods to clothing.
Cultural activities abound. The Feronia Theater next door (also designed by Aleandri) offers a wonderful program of theater, concerts, and events year-round. Atop Monte Nero, which rises behind the piazza, the Archeological Museum houses extensive Roman and Bronze Age relics; and the town’s art gallery, or Pinacoteca, is a jewel of a museum just off the west end of the piazza. It chronicles artistic production relevant to the area from the 1200s through the Baroque period, with brilliant local paintings and masterpieces from well-known artists such as Pinturicchio, di Mariotto, and the Salimbeni brothers. There is even a magnificent polyptych by Veneziano whose center panel resides in the Frick Collection in New York City.
San Severino in the Marche Region
The town itself is perfectly situated for enjoying Italian life in every season. Less than an hour from the coast, it is ideal for a day trip to visit the beautiful villages of Numana (www.turismonumana.it/it/) and Sirolo (www.turismosirolo.it/). Sample fresh seafood in charming seaside restaurants there, and enjoy the lovely beaches along the Adriatic coast. Don’t miss the spectacular Catholic cathedral of Loreto nearby – It enshrines the house where some say the Virgin Mary lived, flown to the site from Jerusalem by angels. And if you enjoy exploring the natural beauty of this hilly region, the Sibylline Mountains are only a short drive away. The area has been part of the Sibylline Mountains National Park since 1993 and includes breathtaking caves, the Red Gorge, and beautiful mountain scenery (www.easyvoyage.co.uk/italy/the-national-park-of-the-sibylline-mountains-4410).
Although it is a coastal region, Le Marche is not just a summertime destination. Little more than an hour away are local ski areas perfect for a fun day on the slopes. It is also within just a few hours’ drive of many other interesting cities and sites: the important Renaissance city of Urbino, famed for the Ducal Palace; Ravenna, with its brilliant Byzantine mosaics; the medieval fortress castle of Gradara, home to the doomed lovers Paolo and Francesca featured in Dante’s Divine Comedy; and San Marino, the only surviving medieval microstate still located on the Italian peninsula. Plus it’s a convenient train ride to Bologna, the thriving central university city in the region of Emilia-Romagna. The local airport of Ancona, for flights within Europe and convenient connections overseas, is only an hour away. And with the new highway completed several years ago, we are an easy three-hour drive to Rome.
Energy Efficiency Rating: C
Energy Performance Index (IPE) 96,235 kwh/mq*anno