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When we speak of Italian Villa we refer to a large residence with luxury features, often linked to an agricultural activity. The first examples of an Italian villa are probably the Roman villas. The villa concept developed by the Romans originally referred to a rustic country villa. Pliny the old man lists two types, the urban villa that was a country residence but easily accessible from the town where the owners usually lived during the year. Then there was the rustic villa, with agricultural features so it was actually a farm in all respects. Seasonally housed, it was handled by servants who owned the property. The main purpose of the Roman villa was to escape the hot summer season to reach cooler places on the hills or in the countryside. It seems that they were in large numbers in the area of ​​Naples, on the island of Capri and in the Circeo area.

The wealthiest of them had more than one. Cicero seems to possess seven and Pliny the young three or four. Some of these villas were donated to the Christian Church, which often used these villas to monasteries, which resisted for centuries, also serving as shelter from the attacks of populations such as Longobards and Goths. A typical example of this conversion from villa to monastery is represented by Montecassino. Even Roman villas were once again found in England, a sign of the expansion of the Roman Empire and its life style. The Roman villas were examples of architecture, where the building was furnished with bathrooms and gardens. The surrounding property was used for the cultivation of vineyards and olive trees, but it seems that in some cases these buildings served genuine brick or quarry factories. Another example of an Italian villa is the Renaissance model. With Leon Battista Alberti, through his treatises, the taste of the residence is rediscovered as a place of pleasure.

The concept of suburban villa was born, where the advice given by Vitruvio was applied. The first example of a Renaissance villa is that of Villa Medici, built in Fiesole, where for the first time there is a lack of military features typical of buildings such as castles and medieval houses. This demonstrates the unique recreational purpose of the facility where you can laze. Several decades after the example of the villa of Fiesole was realized by Lorenzo the Magnificent that of Poggio a Caiano. This villa made in Tuscany became a reference for villas that were later made.

 

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