For over twenty years I’ve had with me in my studios a first edition copy of Edith Wharton’s “Italian Villas and Gardens”, published in 1904 and beautifully illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.Somehow the book survived my many moves and travels and now, 110 years after Edith’s visit, I was able to see the magnificent villa and visit its famous gardens for myself. Dear friends Laura and Valentina Boyer invited us last week for a private visit to the grounds.
On this morning, after a decidedly Tuscan April shower, we were able to see the the Villa in all of its splendor, Maxfield Parrish skies included.
I suppose if you’re comparing it to Versailles or the estate in “Downton Abbey”, it is on the smallish side.
Built in 1610, the Villa has survived wars and occupations, but still retains its distinctly Tuscan grace and elegance.
“The real value of the old Italian garden plan is that logic and beauty meet in it, as they should in all sound architectural work…”
Si, Cara Edith… indeed…as they say here in Tuscany…Certo!
Grazie to Valentina for taking her time for us and Roberto and Laura for a truly inspirational day in Settignano…
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