Villa

Villa Vetti

An Ancient Roman Villa – A Cultural Ideal of Rural Life Pt 1

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Roman commentator Pliny the Elder recorded two kinds of villas: villa urbana, a country seat easily reached from Rome and villa rustica, the farm-house estate

Villa Capra, 'La Rotunda' by Venetian Architect Andrea Palladio in the Veneto, Italy

Andrea Palladio Architect – In Pursuit of the Perfect House

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Despite evolving societies and technology a villa remains a place where one can dwell “under the tent of heaven”. Is Andrea Palladio’s villa the perfect house?

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

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Pursuing a passion for art and architecture in England in the 18th Century spawned new trades and expanded enjoyment for those living a leisure filled lifestyle

Villa Capra, 'La Rotunda' by Venetian Architect Andrea Palladio in the Veneto, Italy

La Casa di Villa – Dwelling under the Tent of Heaven

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The precise location of heaven on earth has never really been established, but it could very well be a villa designed to cultivate the head heart body and soul

Villa San Michelle Garden

The Alchemy of Staying Well – In a Renaissance Garden

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When in 1563 Humanist Poet Annibal Caro retired into private life, to alternate between Rome and the countryside, he said ‘I seem to have found the alchemy of staying well’

The Most Serene Republic

The Most Serene Republic

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Venice is still called La Serenissima (The Most Serene Republic). This was a title bestowed upon the city by a pope during one of the rare periods when Venice and the pope were not at war with each other. Venice’s history of 1100 years is littered with warring, plotting of…