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How would you describe Villa Abruzzo in a nutshell?
Villa Abruzzo is located in the far north of the Italian province of Abruzzo, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and in close proximity to the Adriatic coast.
Featuring a natural stone façade, the LA mid-century design villa blends in wonderfully with its enchanting and almost untouched natural surroundings, with the large, floor-to-ceiling windows paying additional tribute to this landscape. It is a wonderful retreat to explore this unknown part of Italy – if you can ever leave the villa.
What was the inspiration and story behind Villa Abruzzo?
I’m originally from the Como area in the north of Italy but spent a lot of time in the Abruzzo region when I was a child. My background is in architecture and interior design, with a particular love of the mid-century LA hills style. I spend a couple of months in California every year and decided that I wanted to recreate something similar in Italy. In fact, the area where the villa is located has been nicknamed “Little California”, so it was the perfect place to build a bungalow in the mid-century LA style.
What is it that you love about the LA mid-century style?
I love low buildings with low ceilings and big windows, as well as the use of wood and stone materials in LA mid-century design. The interior design is also based on a few, but exceptionally valuable and distinct materials that exude timeless chic without being overbearing. As I work as an architect, I designed most of the interior pieces and furnishings, so they are highly unique.
Is Villa Abruzzo suitable for families with children?
The villa is not really safeguarded for young children, so I would only recommend families staying if they have newborns (0-1 years old) or older children (8+). When booking, we ask that guests sign a pool contract, as there are no balustrades/fences around it. We welcome small dogs but not big ones as there are too many precious objects that might get damaged.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Abruzzo?
When you’re staying at Villa Abruzzo, you really don’t know what time, year or even century it is. The surroundings look the same as they did 100 years ago and they will remain like this for many years to come as no one can build in my direct view. I also love that you’re so close to the snow-capped mountains where wild horses roam, as well as being just a short drive from the beach. It’s a very special corner of Italy that few people know about - that's what makes it magical!