Close to the tufa rock of Orvieto "Villa Ciconia" is a 16th century Villa surrounded by an age-old park at the confluence of the river Chiani and the Carcaione.
Local Historiography tells us that the structure was originally a tower, "La Turchinetta", and was property of one of "Monaldeschi" of Cervara associated with Catherina of Sweden.
This enlargement was commissioned to Ippolito Scalza (1532 - 1618)by the then owner of the tower Vincenzo Butius.
It was said that Butius, suffering from bad health, was advised by doctors to live near a river.
The villa was built, so that the Carcaione stream ran under one of the arches which upheld the structure.
River deposits, with time have caused the ground floor of the structure to become submerged and therefore the "piano nobile" is now on the first floor.

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