countryside and the surrounding valley, the ruin of the Casa di Terra , made with natural materials such as straw, earth, wood and terracotta, is a short drive from the town of Mogliano, which is easily reached on a short local road.
Casa di Terra, which dates back to 1750, was inhabited until 1986 in a landscape dotted with small towns and small farms, originally built in the times of the sharecropping system, which characterized the Marche countryside and it way of life.
Currently the property has been released from its constraints of protection and conservation, and restoration is permitted as well as demolition and reconstruction in a different position, according to the criteria established by law.
Casa di Terra is on two floors giving a total surface of 220 square metres and follows the typical form of an earthen house, made of mud mixed with river pebbles and straw, a tradition once widespread in the countryside and in local settlements, whose existence is documented since the middle of 1200s.
It is a simple and basic house, consisting of a few rooms, with a maximum of two floors and a roof area. These houses, though solid, have generally no foundations, and beaten earth serves as pavement. They are made with natural materials and were considered to be healthy and stable places. The simplicity, cost-effectiveness and easy access to building materials, favoured the spread of this building style, and today, modern bio-architectural concepts would consider it to be an ecologically correct model; maybe even culturally advanced.
These earthen structures, previously considered, in the first half of the twentieth century, to symbolise poverty and social decay, were later the subject of study and historical research, and thought rather to be examples of wise folk architecture. Such study and the interest allowed preservation and retrieval of these architectural remains, still present in many centres of the Marche Region.
The land surrounding the house is 16.000 mq , and the environmental and cultural context in which the property is situated, are ideal for the production of natural and organic crops. The land is home to an olive grove with 50 productive plants and 50 new plantings, as well as centuries-old oaks.
Casa di Terra is a real bargain for those seeking peace, beauty, countryside and healthy living in an environmentally sound relationship with Nature.