From the Renaissance to the Revolution
In the Renaissance, the fortified buildings lose their defensive role. Despite the wars of religion that disrupt the life of the region until the dawn of the eighteenth, the royal will to control the nobility and put it at the service of the monarchy requires the lords to disarm their homes that take on the appearance of villas Tuscan or Umbrian.
After the French Revolution
After the Revolution, the feudal dungeon and stately homes are sold, sometimes passing into the hands of owners who sold many architectural elements. Thanks to the attention paid by their current owners, their appearance has been saved or restored, even though the entire estate is now divided into several separate lots.
The remains of the feudal era
The castle and the mansions that surround it appear above the village. The fortifications have disappeared but still delimit the place called "the Plain", former low court of the seigniorial domain. Monte-Arena offers on this square a facade flanked by an imposing door boss and high windows "Italian", lined with red bloodskin shutters.
The structure of the place
Monte Arena stands on three levels: ground floor, first floor for reception rooms, and second floor consisting of apartments. The two building blocks (north and south) composing all the houses bear witness to the old circulation between the high court and the low court. They rise above a small courtyard lined with an alley leading to a small garden.
Nowadays, rooms overlooking the courtyard
Modified at the end of the 19th century, the former heart of the fort and many passages now form gardens and courtyards of the properties contained in the grounds of the Monte-Arena estate. On the courtyard and garden side (like a small theater), the two building blocks that make up Monte-Arena face each other, offering all rooms a view of the courtyard.