Explore #5 of the ‘128mb SD Card Tour’
Late in the afternoon we explored this grand old villa on the outskirts of a small village in the Italian countryside.
The villa dates back to at least the 18th century, and underwent two large revisions over its history. The original entrance overlooks the gardens and pond, but as the nearby village developed over time the service entrance became used as the main façade. The second revision to the architecture was in the Neoclassical style.
At the end of the 18th century the estate passed to a local Count, whose family collected and adorned the villa with many valuable works of art and precious local ceramics and furniture. However, the family later fell on hard times, and the villa was sold to a local lawyer in the 1860s. Records of the sale indicate that many of the opulent furnishings had already been sold by that time.
As the villa passed through various other owners parts of the grounds were sold off, until it was bought in the 1930s by a renowned painter who restored the villa and its remaining gardens over the next two decades. It was raided by partisans during the war (due to a hidden stash of alcohol!), but the owners returned after the war.
However, the decline of the villa began when ownership passed to a Swiss company in the late 1950s, and it has lain empty and disused for many years. In recent years it was declared a National Monument, but despite being put up for sale there appears little sign of a buyer.
By the time we arrived the best of the late afternoon light had already gone. But we did bump into some other Brit explorers who we knew (small world!), so chatted to them, grabbed a few shots, and decided to rejig our plans to enable a revisit in better light first thing the next morning.
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Wandering Dan in his standard photobombing mode. 😛
The rooms were largely stripped, with only the décor on the walls and ceilings harking back to former glories…
On the very top floor I ventured through the attic and came across this beautiful old room which looked out onto the front balcony.
The view from the balcony onto what was originally the tradesmen’s entrance, but later became the main façade.
The roof overlooking the gardens to the rear of the villa.
The main hall, viewed from upstairs.
A huge crack running up a side wall of the hall.
Subject to availability this photo can be purchased as a limited edition acrylic print from my Etsy Store.
The beautiful porch of what was once the main entrance, overlooking the now overgrown garden.
Despite being stripped of all furniture, this was still a beautiful old place, and I’m glad we made the effort to drive back to it to shoot it in daylight!
Thanks for stopping by.
Breathtaking, what a shame to be left behind.
Beautiful property and photography. Thanks for the history too. I like the natural representation instead of the often edited approach aiming to make the property look mysterious and dark. Cheers.
Thanks Silvia – my editing style usually tries to be fairly faithful to how the human eye would see the scene, although it does depend what mood I’m in as sometimes I got for more stylistic edits.
Did the property also have a chapel?
No, not this one.
It did infact have a chapel mate, you must have missed it on your visit? Time for a revisit!
Apparently we did! It looks rubbish though! 😉
Beautiful! Thanks for making the effort.
Stunning place. I´d love to see and fell the atmosphere of this amazing building 🙂 Work of art .
Do you know if this property is still for sale?
Hi Kellie – no idea I’m afraid.
Hi I know it passed a few year but… did you find something about the Villa? Is it still for sale?
I live in this little country but we know anything about it.
My boyfriend and I would like to do something to take that place back to its glory days.
Please let me know something
(I’m sorry for my english)
Hi Chiara, no I’m afraid I don’t know anything further. Good luck and I hope you are safe and well!
Is it possible to know where is this palazzo? Thank you?
Yes but where? What is the name of the town? I would like to go visit it.
thank you , stunning place , where is it in Italy ? who is the architect do we know ? obvioulsly there is XVIII century style pure mixed with palladium style .. do we know when the alterations have taken place ?
sorry for my question but I a passionnante
about this kind of things …
Thanks Franck. I’m afraid I don’t have any more information to share other than that already given. Cheers, Adam
Holy badoly! What a place. How can this be left to rot?