Villa Vetti

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


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 San Michelle Garden

The Alchemy of Staying Well – In a Renaissance Garden


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’