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Our travel today to discover Italy is to Perugia, situated in the amazing Umbria Region.
In the very centre of the city, right next to the beautiful cathedral and the Etruscan well, there is the elegant mansion of Marchesi Bourbon di Sorbello.
This beautiful mansion welcomes visitors to splendid rooms with frescoes, charming furniture and precious chandeliers.
At the entrance you can admire the amazing landscape from the terrace and enjoy the view over Perugia and Assisi Valley.
The entrance room is dedicated to Carlo III di Borbone, further King of Two Sicilies (1735) and King of Spain (1759), because he was guest here during his trip to Perugia.
The next room is dedicated to the marquise Giuseppe I Bourbon di Sorbello. He grew up in the militar school in Turin. In 1729 Giuseppe married the noble Marianna Arrigucci from Perugia, and they had sixteen sons.
Today it is a very well stocked library where you can also consult ancient volumes.
Going on visiting the Palace you can admire the room dedicated to the marquise Diomede Bourbon di Sorbello (1743-1811).
He was a friend of the famous italian writer Vittorio Alfieri, schoolfellow at Royal Academy. After his marriage he moved to Florence.
Diomede was a passionate a collector of prints and rare books some of which are exhibited in this room.
If you are interested in porcelain, in the Palace you ca admire a fantastic china Ginori, decorated with purple landscapes.
This room is dedicated to marquise Ugolino III Bourbon di Sorbello (1745-1809) who was used to collected mainly porcelain and prints. The exposed service was gathered during three years of orders between 1793-1796 and the service reached a whopping number of over four hundred pieces!
Last but not least, the room dedicated to Romeyne Robert Ranieri di Sorbello (1878 – 1951) and to her wonderful lace!.
Romeyne, from New Jersey, travelled a lot with her family and met her husband in Rome, the marquise Ruggero VI Ranieri di Sorbello, and married in 1902.
Two years later she founded the famous school Lace Ranieri di Sorbello.
The School lasted till 1934 and produced hand embroidered fabrics, and its speciality was an ancient Umbrian or Portuguese embroidery, also known as Punto Sorbello.
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