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In the small Umbrian village of Gubbio, widely considered to be Italy’s best preserved medieval village, stands our founder’s ancestral mansion, the Palazzo Ranghiasci. The palazzo runs the length of Piazza della Signoria (also known as Piazza Grande) and is flanked on one side by the Palazzo dei Consoli (the museum that holds the famed Etruscan tablets) and on the other by Gubbio’s city hall, the picturesque Palazzo Pretorio. Nothing, however, stands in front of the palazzo except the piazza itself which was built in the 1300’s on an incredible stone arch foundation. The view of the Umbrian plain below, from both the square and the function rooms of Palazzo Ranghiasci, are unforgettable.

While the walls, ceilings and stone floors of the Palazzo also date back to the 1300’s, the façade of the palace was built at the beginning of the 1800’s following the dream of Marquis Francesco Ranghiasci, one of the most important players in the 800-year recorded history of the family.

Besides refurbishing the palace’s exterior, Francesco also completely remodeled the palace’s interior and he designed a large park behind the palace, something that would later be granted to the city of Gubbio as Parco Ranghiasci.

In 1830 Francesco hired famous artisans, painters and decorators who would eventually work 30 years to complete the new palace. Francesco’s goal was to build the ideal setting to showcase the family’s power and influence in central Italy.

With its elegant and well-preserved interiors and its delightful private garden, Palazzo Ranghiasci was declared a historical and architectural monument at the beginning of the 20th century. The family archive, one of the most important in central Italy, is also protected by the Italian State.

Our founder, Alessandra, inherited the palace’s “noble floor” from her grandfather, Marquis of Gubbio. There are 10 reception rooms on the “noble floor” of the palace, including a Grand Ballroom that can comfortably seat 70 people, a Music Room (an opulent setting for special shows) and the Palace’s Grand Dining Room (a great place to hold a lavish dinner for a group of special guests). Alessandra is now using it as a very special venue for unforgettable meals, wine tastings, corporate team building experiences, cooking classes, weddings, and family reunions. Let us help you to design the perfect wedding or special event at our palace!

Take a look at the breathtakingly beautiful sights of our palace!

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Dear Friends & Travelers,

The safety and well-being of our clients is our top priority.

We have been closely monitoring the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and relying on recommendations from the US State Department, CDC, World Health Organization, and other relevant authorities at home and abroad. Based on the latest developments, we have made the difficult decision, in coordination with our trip hosts and partners, to reschedule all departures starting on or before December 31, 2020.

We want to assure you that we are making every effort to do the right thing for our clients, partners, and local vendors in this time of uncertainty, and we look forward to sharing our passion for experiencing the world with you by offering the following options:

1. Join your group’s alternate date
We are offering each of our affected groups a future alternate date and will gladly transfer your reservation to this date.
2. Reschedule your trip on a different Customized Journeys departure
If the alternate date for your program does not work for you, we are happy to work with you to find a different date, private trip, or future program that will suit your needs and interests.
3. Receive a Future Travel Credit (FTC)
If your preference is to wait to make a decision, we will put your reservation on hold and apply your funds toward a future Customized Journeys travel program of your choosing. This FTC is valid for 2 years from your original departure date.

We share your disappointment and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. As the situation continues to evolve, we have learned that what makes sense today may be different tomorrow. Our planning could be further adjusted, and we will update you as we continue to work through developments. In the meantime, we’d like you to know that we are reviewing every aspect of how we run our trips with the intent of safeguarding the health and well-being of our clients.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information to help with your decision process.

Thank you for your commitment and understanding.

The Customized Journeys team