Villa Oriental Gem
Visited in June 2018 on our summer tour of Northern Italy with Becci [Ninja Kitten) & Kat (Obscure Serenity) we arrived at this beautiful villa during the afternoon. From the outside its beauty is evident with frescos adorning the arcade galleries. These types of galleries are typical in Italian architecture with the wide covered walkways with arched balconies offering protection from the elements, especially the intense summer sun.
The villa was built in 1850 by a wealthy family and was used as a holiday home over the years. The beautiful frescos on the walls and ceilings were painted by a local artist at the faliy's request. During the second world war, the owners and family decided to come back to the villa. Due to the imminent threat of bombing during WW2, most residents of the village decided to leave. The villa was looted in 1943, however, the building itself has remained in good condition ever since.
Over the next years, the older members of the family passed away and the younger members moved to other parts of the country leaving the villa uninhabited as it stands today.
All walls and ceilings are beautifully painted by a local artist.Inside the spectacular murals continued with walls and ceilings bursting with colour and life and the surprising thing is that there is little decay and no vandalism. The building's interior does has some decay but the areas of art are mostly preserved nicely as if waiting for a new owner to make this a home once more. Some of the frescos have an Oriental theme hence the name of the villa.
For some inexplicable reason we forgot to venture into the basement with its barrels of wine still in situ.
As for more history of this villa, there isn't any, so its a bit of a mystery as to when it became abandoned and who lived here in the past.