THE GARDEN AND THE AQUEDUCT
History and nature
At the entrance there is a large lawn adorned with wonderful cypresses, pruned to form arches that overlook as windows on the Assisi valley.
Two imposing Rosa Banksiae climb the façade of the villa and a corridor of Roses accompanies the view of the panorama among the cypress arches. On the right a small terrace with an ancient wisteria from where a stone path climbs for a short walk in the grove around the house.
Writing found inside the convent:
"Al mirar che fai del sito alpestre
Stupito passegger arresta il piede – Questo luogo precede
Dell’Asio ogni altra abitation campestre
Se poi al genio tuo non gusta o piace
Cerca altrove l’albergo e parti in pace
The spring waters of which Panzo is rich, have fed Assisi since ancient times and their proximity is probably the reason why the ancient Roman settlement and the construction of the monastery
were placed there.
The ancient documents and construction techniques lead to assuming that the aqueduct, named "Panzo di Sopra" and which is probably the eldest source of water supply for the city of Assisi, was originally built during the classical times. The spread of the waters took place, as typically done by the Romans, through tunnels dug into the rock that are still partially visible.
The water is of the highest purity.