Restoration work helps revitalise regional cultural centre

The historic Villino Romualdo, located in Italy’s Marche Region, has long held an important spot in Trecastelli’s history and culture. Now, thanks to significant restoration work, more and more citizens and tourists alike are discovering the centre’s many charms.

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" The renovation of the Villino Romualdo has represented a very important step for the municipality of Trecastelli. Over the years the building has become an extremely dynamic cultural centre, offering tourist information services and hosting the municipal library, the Nori Dé Nobili museum and a Research Centre on Women in Contemporary Visual Arts. The Villino has also been the focus of various cultural and artistic events like concerts, recitals, readings and presentations. "

Valentina Marinelli, Assessor

Built in the second half of the 19th century, the Villino Romualdo has served as a key cultural centre for the city of Trecastelli, hosting a range of cultural associations and social activities.

However, due to its substantial use and age, the centre was starting to show signs of wear and tear. To ensure the Villino Romualdo’s ability to provide cultural events for generations to come, substantial renovation works were required. This project oversaw the renovation of the building’s masonry and rebuilding of its interior fittings. The project also added a new museum that showcases a famous local artist and regularly holds various exhibitions and cultural activities.

A centre for culture 

Originally built as a private residence, the Villino Romualdo was donated to the local community in 1946 to be used for social and cultural purposes.

Following the renovation, it has also been the home of the Museum Nori De’Nobili, which hosts an array of artwork produced by notable local artist Eleonora (Nori) De’Nobili. As one of only a few art museums devoted exclusively to a female artist, the collection includes information on the De’Nobili’s life and a historical archive of over 1 400 works. 

The adjacent Study Centre on Women in Contemporary Visual Arts, which was also added during the project, regularly organises events and activities aimed at raising awareness about De’Nobili and other female artists. These include educational workshops for local schoolchildren, musical concerts, poetry readings, photography exhibitions and painting classes. 

The centre also houses the municipal public library.

Benefiting the region 

In 2017, the Villino Romualdo welcomed over 3 500 visitors, up from the 1 215 that visited when it first opened five years ago. Since the completion of the renovations, the building has hosted over 30 events per year. 

The project is one component to a larger effort to revitalise similar cultural and tourist sites across the region. Destinations in Ripe, Senigallia, Ostra Vetere and Castelleone di Suasa all had similar work done. The objective is to create synergies among the region’s many architectural, cultural and gourmet gems, thus preserving the area’s rich cultural history, boosting tourism and invigorating the local economy.

Total investment and EU funding 

Total investment for the project “Revitalisation of Villino Romualdo in the Municipality of Trecastelli (Ancona) Hosting the Museum Nori 'De Nobili” is EUR  570 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 156 379 through the “Marche” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. 


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