Saturday, June 8, 2013

Italian Villa Tour

It doesn't happen everyday to be invited over for dinner in a nice Italian villa out in the country...unless you live in Italy.
We (Italians) call them

The owner, Carlo, retired after a life spent working for the Italian train company, and he is one of the nicest man ever.

So here is a tour of his house.
Starting from the outside.
I love shutters that actually serve their purpose.

As soon as you walk inside, this is what you see.
Off the entry you find this beautiful living room.

This beautiful armoire is found in the dining room.
I thought I had taken a full view of the entire dining room...but I must have had a brain fart at that time.
Glad that I did captured more details of this room.

And here a few lighting samples in the house.
Love the big statement of the wooden candelier in the dining room.

More pictures of silver items and collectibles.

And if you wonder what we had for dinner,
we started with a tipical antipasto, 
raw ham and cantaloupe.
Followed by a pasta dish with duck meat and red sauce.
Then salad with cold cuts, bread and a bottle of red wine.
I didn't take pictures of the food (that night) my husband would say...taking pictures of food is very American.

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♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, wonderful trip and tour. My daughter will want to come later and view this too..
so glad ya'll had a good time.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Che bello Daniela! Come mi manca L' Italia. Spero di andare quest anno... Ciao a presto, Mary

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How wonderful and beautiful Danila!

Kelly said...

What a lovely home! I really wish you would've taken a picture of the food. Hey, you may be Italian, but you're now half American too! LOL! So, tell hubby that your blogger side is very American. Love the cute car parked outside the home too.

Debbiedoo's said...

I am betting the food was even more spectacular than the decor and home. WOW, how cool. So neat that little car too.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

True loveliness. I have always thought it would be awesome to go to Italy. Along with France and England and Australia :) I'd love to be a world traveler someday!

Nancy Carr said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Revi said...

I love it that everything is not "perfect" and that a dented teapot is still precious and beautiful. I love old and new together. It's exactly as I would hope, Dani.

Jeanne Ireland said...

Wonderful tour, thank you for sharing! A great environment in which to have a meal.

must love junk said...

What a fabulous tour! I really enjoyed it :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
You almost make me homesick for the lovely culture in Italy... Yes, one can indulge with the eye the many ancient treasures that reside inside those villas. Often maintained for generations in excellent shape. It does tell a story, many life's stories in fact.
No, I do seldom take pictures at the table, certainly not when being a guest!
Glad you enjoyed it both.

Emily Mount said...

I like the spinning wheel! I haven't seen one like that. Thanks for sharing, I'm glad you're back safe.

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

WOW. What a beautiful view into the Italy you are experiencing first hand. I can't wait to see more.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a beautiful villa!

Such a special treat, thanks for sharing!

Home and Lifestyle Design said...

I just found your blog through Our Home Away From Home and I am your newest follower. This house is amazing, and I love the view walking into the front door. So many details to take in. I would love for you to stop by my blog at
Thanks, Patty

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I want the Fiat! So cute, beautiful tour! I am heading over to Sienna and Florence in September and can't wait!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I want the Fiat! So cute, beautiful tour! I am heading over to Sienna and Florence in September and can't wait!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice home and love the wood beams at the top of and opening I saw and that armoire is wonderful. said...

It's always so interesting to see other peoples homes, especially in another country. You can feel the love of family and tradition in your photos. Lovely,

Cristina Garay said...

What a beautiful villa, Daniela! I love the armoire, the doors, the lights... so many pretty things all around! What a great way to top it all off with a delicious dinner!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Beautiful Dani! Love the whole Italian look!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

How fun to see the fixtures and furniture and design within an Italian country home. Just gorgeous! Love seeing the Fiat too. We had two convertible Fiats when I was in high school. Great post. Thanks for sharing with us!

Libby said...

Visiting any villa is such a dream!

p.s. I do love those shutters. :-)

The Tablescaper said...

Oh my goodness, I love this tour!!! So fun to peek inside somewhere that even if you were there as a tourist, you wouldn't get to see.

I host a weekly link party called "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and it would be wonderful to have you link this post. The link goes up at 7 pm on Sunday nights.

- The Tablescaper