Villa di Parma is a historic vacation villa nestled in the green hills around Parma and perched on the hilltop with magnificent views.
How would you describe Villa Monty Banks in a nutshell?
It is a historical villa in an Art Deco style and the perfect place to experience the typical Italian lifestyle.
What is the story behind Villa Monty Banks, what was your inspiration to create it?
The villa was built in 1939 by Mario Bianchi, a locally-born actor and director who moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in silent films under the pseudonym “Monty Banks”. He had a very magical life and spent many years living between the United States and Romagna. The villa was designed by Gualtiero Pontoni using only the best materials and exhibits several British influences in its architecture.
My husband and I restored Villa Monty Banks in 2020 while keeping in mind its historical significance and architectural context. We transformed it into an 11-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and spa. We first opened to guests in July 2020.
How would you describe the atmosphere, architecture and interior design of Villa Monty Banks?
The interiors stylishly combine artisan details from the 1930s with contemporary furnishings and all the comforts you would expect of a high-end hotel. Natural materials such as marble and wood feature throughout the villa and the abundance of windows means that all of the rooms are bright.
In the evenings, there is a magical atmosphere outside because of the stunning views and the mature trees on the grounds.
To you personally, what is so special about Villa Monty Banks?
Villa Monty Banks is special for its unique architectural style and the materials used in its construction. Lots of guests visit specifically because they are interested in Italian Art Deco design.
I think the connection between the villa and the farm also makes it a special place to stay. We produce everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to olive oil and wine, all of which guests can taste. It’s a very authentic and original place.