The Restoration


The restoration works included consolidation, all structural revisions – both general and targeted – insulation and waterproofing the wooden roof.  Where necessary, action was taken with the technique of the sewing-un-sewing of degraded blocs of tufa rock and pointing the joints. The exterior facades were scraped and grouting was applied to recessed joints, followed by painting with lime milk to which natural pigments had been added.

Ultimately, in order to make the building accessible, the following materials were used:

  • The existing architectural elements were reused (e.g. balconies’ shelves, iron railings, etc.). The exterior elements decorating the frames of the door and the windows were reproduced;
  • All existing stone elements (portals, windows, frames, steps, etc.) were preserved without disassembling them;
  • For the windows, the openings were maintained as they were. Limestone slabs – Mazzaro type – were added only for the window sills and the thresholds;
  • New wooden window frames – traditional style and painted dark green – were installed;
  • The exterior was painted in lime milk with earth-based colours, with the exclusion of quartz materials;
  • The interior walls and vaults were cleaned and treated.

Interpreting the natural vocation of the rooms, small interventions were made to best address all necessary needs and functional standards, especially with regard to accessibility.

Where necessary, the artificial ventilation was carried out through a ventilation system at a flow rate ensuring air changes. Natural lighting is guaranteed by the presence of an adequate number of windows and doors. Artificial lighting is realised through an artificial lighting system placed on the vaults and the perimeter walls.