HISTORY OF THE PALACE
Palazzo Monti della Corte apperas today as the happy result of a series of modifications, extensions and embellishments of the ancient fief of the Federici della Corte family. Up to the Middle Ages, the village of Nigoline was located higher on the hill on the Monte Alto, where you can still find the beautiful church of St. Eufemia of the year one thousand, as well as the ruins of a castle.
The higher grounds were preferable because downhill life was made ??difficult both beacuse of the not yet reclaimed unhealthy swamps, and for reasons of defense. In those days where on the site of the mansion lay only a defensive tower. After the Middle Ages, the swamp reclaimed, and the defensive position of the upper village no longer necessary, the village center moved to the bottom of the hill. That’s where in the seventeenth century the della Corte family decided to build a sumptuous palace, suitable for receptions and a grand life in country-side. The grand staircase and the atrium with beautiful arches and stone columns date back to this phase.
Alexander Augustus had two daughters, Beatrice and Chica (Maria Enrica), both with a strong sense for the changing times: Beatrice, the eldest, had a brilliant career in the way of contemporary art and international avant-garde. Today is the head of the Santa Maddalena Foundation, which she strongly supported and founded a refuge for writers and botanists about thirty kilometers south of Florence. The youngest, Chica, he devoted himself to revive the activities related to wine Palazzo Monti della Corte producing one of the finest wines of Franciacorta, the company was among the first to produce today Franciacorta. Beatrice was married to the famous writer Gregor von Rezzori central Europe and Chica, who unfortunately died very young in 1984, with the Count de Marchant et d’Dutch Thomas Ansembourg, by whom he had three children, Marie-José, Isabella and Alexander today’s custodians and inhabitants of the ancient and beloved home.