A famous residence in La Villa has been lovingly brought back to life. The house is famous because it was the summer home for English poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1853 and 1857.
It has been in a sad state of repair for several years, but fortunately someone has bought it and has set about restoring it. The scaffolding was recently removed from the front of the house to reveal a very beautiful facade.
The work is being overseen by local architect Franceso Rondina and the Art Nouveau decorating has been done by local artist Belinda Pieroni.
Work continues on the rest of the house. Some of the cement has been removed near one of the side windows revealing a different style of design underneath. I look forward to seeing what happens there.
Peering through the gate we could see a lovely old garden wall. I’m sure that will live again too.
Congratulations to all concerned. The house will be much admired by everyone who sees it and will be a happy addition to Bagni di Lucca.
Here are a couple of old photos of the house.
They show just what a great job has been done to bring the house back to the way it was.
so beautiful, I loved all details too. Thank you dear, Love, nia
I love the details too, it makes me want to paint my house.
Lovely. That is great news. It is looking fabulous already
The house is stunning. The villagers are very happy to see it.
Francecso Rondina, the architect in charge of the restoration was telling me that it was difficut tio decide which tyope of decoration to keep whether art nouveau or napoleonic. See my post also at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-most-beautiful-house-in-bagni-di-lucca-villa/
They chose well
For the house in phase of restoration see https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/not-browned-off/
It’s Francesco RondinA. I bought my house off his wife Lucia. He is the best architect around, just the man for the job and his brother is a brilliant jazz guitarist – a very talented duo!
Fixed, I bought my house from Luciana too.
Wow, what a cool project!
It looks wonderful. I can’t wait to see the rest.
Thank you, Deb! You made my day. I was delighted when I found that “the general’s house” (look at Francis’ post), as some of the locals call it, had been purchased by people who were going to restore it to its former glory. And engaging Francesco Rondina’s professional services was the way to go. Francesco is a talented architect with international experience. The right person for the job and a local person. Also, local artist, Belinda Pieroni, is doing an excellent job. As anyone can see, there is plenty of local talent that can help to restore all those wonderful buildings that we have in town, which are everyone’s heritage. One done… Quite a few more to be redone… Any takers? You will not regret it. It’s the right time to do it, as an investment, prices are at the lowest level and can only go up.
It would be wonderful to see more of our lovely old buildings restored. Top marks to the new owners.
How do I love the restoration? Let me count the ways….
The house looks beautiful. I hope it inspires others to do some work.
Oh yes, it will be beautiful. I hope to see it one day!
You must visit me one day soon.
what a thrill it must be to work on that and to see the house emerging. It’s so very pretty. I hope they restore the garden as well, I’ll bet there are some old plantings in there too. Wouldn’t it be lovely to uncover it all.
It all looks amazing. Wouldn’t it be fun to be involved with something with so much history?
Hello i am rely please that some one as done something about La Villa dei Fiori. Some time ago when i was at home i used tu help my father Beppe (il Giardinere) in doings the od job,and when couple years ago i was al Ponte i was very disappointed at the state of disrepair of the Villa. So i hope they will keep up the god job Regard Giovanni P.S. I like your new letter is interesting..
Unfortunately Villa Fiori has not been renovated. This lovely house in La Villa is a different one. Villa Fiori is in a bad state and I think it needs urgent attention. The roof is broken in some places and many windows are smashed. I would love to see it receive some attention…soon.
Dear Giovanni, I recently bought your fathers house (the gardener house or stables on the river side) at Vila Fiori and am currently renovating the house. I have asked the commune if they will allow me to maintain the garden at villa Fiori, but they are not so easy about allowing me to do this. Hopefully they will allow me. I will be very interested in learning more about your father and how the gardens used to look, so maybe I can bring it back to some original looks. You can contact me if you wish firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello again I am sorry but i got the wrong Villa But still a good article Regard Giovanni
I think it is great that you used to work on Villa Fiori. It needs you to come back.
Thank you dear Debra for your article on our house! As I have already expressed in other occasions to you, it will be lovely to meet you at your favourite caffe’ in Ponte al Serraglio once we moved there! Laura & Andy
Your house is wonderful! I would love to meet you when you come to live here. It is great to see so much love and attention put into the house. It is clear that you love it.
What a lovely restoration….Well done to the owners for their foresight and inspiration to restore this piece of history in La Villa. I am sure they will love living in the area.
We need a few more people like this.
Fantastic pictures – I could almost be there. Delighted to see such a fine building restored.
There are many beautiful buildings crying out for some attention.
The house is beautiful! I hope the owners have many happy days there. Perhaps they will open a language or cooking school (or both!) and then I would get to see the lovely inside as well.
Great pictures Debra!
Thank you Sheila, we might just do that! Laura
Cara Debra, ti ringrazio per aver fatto questa bella recenzione sul restauro della villa. I lavori sono ancora in corso, soprattutto per quello che riguarda gli interni dove vi sono anche lì affreschi di grande valore. Comunque per primo c’eravamo concentrati sui lavori più urgenti e cioè il tetto, la gronda e la facciata sulla piazzetta Tolomei. Sono contento che quando abbiamo tolto il ponteggio sulla piazza tutti hanno potuto vedere come era la villa un secolo fà. A volte questo purtroppo non succede ma anche grazie alla lungimiranza e all’amore per la cultura di Laura & Andy questo è potuto avvenire. Darò certamente ulteriori informazioni sui lavori: qualcosa di nuovo ho già comunque messo sul mio profilo Facebook:
Ti saluto cordialmente, Francesco Rondina
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