Villa Cattani Stuart, was constructed by the Cattani family during the second half of the 17th Century, and reached the height of its splendour at the beginning of the 18th , when the Florentine Cardinal Alamanno Salviati, Papal Delegate to the province of Pesaro and Urbino between 1717 – 1732, used it as a country residence for himself and his guests.
One of these was Stuart James III, in 1726, (as testified in Latin on the plaque above the entrance to the Villa), still holding the title of King of England, recognised by the Roman Catholic Church. The Old Pretender, James III, with his sons, the last Stuart descendents, are buried in the Vatican Grottos in St. Peter’s; in the Basilica there is an admirable monument by Canova dedicated to them.
After the death of Alessandro Cattani and the marriage of Anna Maria, the last of the family, to the Marquis Giovanni Paolucci, the villa passed through other hands up to the actual owners, who have done everything possible up to now to retain the architectural nobility of the building and the precious harmony of the ‘famous’ Italian gardens which surround it.
The sumptuous Villa, which is completely isolated and immersed in greenery, is reached through a well-wooded park. Behind and to the right of the building are three extremely beautiful Italian gardens, with evergreen hedges and flowerbeds, fountains, ponds, small temples and stone statues, surrounded by walls and high gates in wrought iron. From here, all the valley below and the iridescent blue-green tones of the Adriatic Sea can be admired.