The villa of Scornello
A noble residence with chapel and attached farm
The Villa di Scornello is located on the top of a hill about 10 km from Volterra, at a height of 285 meters, and is surrounded by a large park accessed by an avenue of cypresses.
Scornello is situated above a small object from which the salty water of the Volterran moie springs. A document dated 23rd July 1228 of the Municipality of Volterra deals with the sale of all the properties that the Hospitallers of Altopascio had in Scornello, which was then part of the Spedaletto of Agnano in Val d’Era.
The imposing villa was owned by the Inghirami family of Volterra, who obtained possession of those lands at the end of the thirteenth century, purchasing them from the municipality of Volterra. The villa was probably built in the early seventeenth century, but was extensively restored in the following centuries.
Around it the working environments developed, and on the back there is still the Italian garden.
The noble villa with chapel and adjoining farm should date back to the seventeenth century when a small rural hamlet leaned against it. The villa, between two lower buildings, has two floors and a small tower with the Italian garden at the back. The Fattoria di Scornello in 1777-1794 included nine farms, to which another four were added in 1794.