The most striking feature of the house is the central circular tower. It spans three floors from where the other rooms sprout out from. The exterior is faced with local granite and topped with terracotta roofing. When Manini designed the villa, he used the castles of Lombardy, Northern Italy, as his inspiration, giving Villa Sassetti a somewhat Romanesque appearance. At the time of writing, restoration of the interior is ongoing and remains closed to the public.
A walking route snakes through the gardens, covering 12,000m2. Manini cleverly utilised natural aesthetic themes and man-made structures that blend harmoniously into the landscape. An artificial watercourse crisscrosses the path. Although the walk up the hill is quite steep, the path leading to and from Pena Palace is an option many prefer to take. Regardless of which path you direction you choose, your efforts will be well rewarded by the stunning views awaiting you along the way.
High season 10h00 – 18h00, Low season 09h00 – 17h00