We have owned the Torre since the 1970s when our father, the late architect Bruno Sacchi, converted this Medieval watchtower into a striking and unique family house.
The building had been built as a watchtower on the advantageous south slope of the hills 10km from Florence, along the route to Rome, at the same time as Henry III King of England was rebuilding Westminster Abbey.
One hundred years later, by the time the Guelphs and Ghibellines had stopped warring, the tower had become a gentleman's residence. The Torre pre-dates Chaucer, Brunelleschi's Duomo and Michelangelo's David.
Bruno's project was innovative and ahead of its time in its solutions to the technical challenges he faced in a building of its age and it took three years to restore the Torre and create the house it is. During the last years of his life, the building had fallen into disrepair and our mother Jane Sacchi, an antique linen expert, has since set about lovingly restoring it to its original glory, bringing her own touch to the interiors and gardens.
Described as a 'Towering Achievement' of a Romantic Escape, the story of this exceptional house and its recent restoration project have been the subject of a wonderful six page colour article featured in the January 2015 issue of House&Garden Magazine.
You can read the article here: