Who we are

Zen is your everyday thought

  (Chao-Chou Cōngshěn)

Villa Zen:
design and tradition

Alberto Simone and Roberta Manfredi
are a successful couple both at work and in private. They share three children, a film producing company and a farming company.

Alberto Simone is a writer and a TV and movie director. He has written and directed both movies and TV series. His last book, “Happiness on the Nightstand: little secrets to live better everyday”, by TEA Publishing House, is a bestseller
with over 7 editions in just a few months.

Roberta Manfredi is a TV and movie producer.
She has been an actress and anchorwoman
in radio and TV broadcasts.

In 2004, my wife Roberta and I make up our minds to fulfill our long cherished dream and, after a long hunt, we buy a plot of land on the hills of Capalbio, the southernmost municipality in continental Tuscany. The idea is to build a country villa, a “buen retiro” where to take shelter in our always more frequent getaways from the chaos of Rome, our city.

Our search leads us onto an allotment placed in an enchanting position, with a fantastic view, relaxingly overviewing the soft and well kempt hills all around.

After buying the plot of land and the volume of the industrial sheepfold, we kick start the planning phase, taking personal care to build a house overtly contemporary, but which can nonetheless fit harmoniously in this landscape, with all due respect for the precious and intact surroundings.

Building the villa will take 2 years, not without technical obstacles and second thoughts. A long stretch of time, but necessary in order to integrate the various architectural solutions with the necessary respect of the environment.

Thanks to a careful and passionate work of integration of modern solutions and precious elements of farmers’ memory and rural culture, we can proudly state that Villa Zen is today one of the most scenographic mansions of the Tuscany coast. Its elegant and exclusive style has not been overlooked by the prestigious magazine “Ville e Giardini”, which has dedicated its cover and a full article to it.

Villa Zen:
design and tradition

Alberto Simone and Roberta Manfredi
are a successful couple both at work and in private.
They share three children, a film producing company
and a farming company.

Alberto Simone is a writer and a TV and movie director.
He has written and directed both movies and TV series.
His last book, “Happiness on the Nightstand:
little secrets to live better everyday”,
by TEA Publishing House, is a bestseller
with over 7 editions in just a few months.

Roberta Manfredi is a TV and movie producer.
She has been an actress and anchorwoman
in radio and TV broadcasts.

In 2004, my wife Roberta and I make up our minds to fulfill our long cherished dream and, after a long hunt, we buy a plot of land on the hills of Capalbio, the southernmost municipality in continental Tuscany. The idea is to build a country villa, a “buen retiro” where to take shelter in our always more frequent getaways from the chaos of Rome, our city.

Our search leads us onto an allotment placed in an enchanting position, with a fantastic view, relaxingly overviewing the soft and well kempt hills all around.

After buying the plot of land and the volume of the industrial sheepfold, we kick start the planning phase, taking personal care to build a house overtly contemporary, but which can nonetheless fit harmoniously in this landscape, with all due respect for the precious and intact surroundings.

Building the villa will take 2 years, not without technical obstacles and second thoughts. A long stretch of time, but necessary in order to integrate the various architectural solutions with the necessary respect of the environment.

Thanks to a careful and passionate work of integration of modern solutions and precious elements of farmers’ memory and rural culture, we can proudly state that Villa Zen is today one of the most scenographic mansions of the Tuscany coast. Its elegant and exclusive style has not been overlooked by the prestigious magazine “Ville e Giardini”, which has dedicated its cover and a full article to it.

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