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Casa Gagliardi - 7 generations of the Italian art family

Article published on Italian National Newspaper "La Stampa"

 

Casa Gagliardi is the abode of the Gagliardi family for over seven generations. Roberto Gagliardi inherited the property from his grandparents Ambrose Elisha Anselmet, Rosina Jocallaz and aunt Angela Anselmet. The Anselmet family was already known in the year 1500 as a maker of fine wines, and continues today in this ancient tradition in Villeneuve, a few kilometers from Saint Pierre. The facade of the house in the oldest part stands on what was a small fortress built in 1100 to defend the castle of Saint-Pierre. The walls have in fact a width of approximately 1.40 m, for defense purposes. The entry door of the fort and now not usable as it is located 2.5 meters below the ground. The old house contains inside a charming chapel, a wine cellar and a wine press that was used more than a hundred years ago.
 
A few hundred meters you will find beautiful castles such as Sarriod de la Tour, Saint-Pierre Castle, whose first owners were the De Sancto Petro family from which it takes its name, and Châtel-Argent, where already in the year 1200 the French minted their coins.