A few kilometers from Pisa and Lucca in the province of Pisa For sale Villa Medicea located in the oldest part of the country in a dominant position built around the sixteenth century on the ruins of an ancient fortress of the ninth century.
After passing by various owners, the villa in 1767 was sold to a farsighted gentleman, in fact he deserves the credit for having the Florentine painter Pietro Giarrè painted the entire palace. At that time the villa was given the task of representing the economic and social prestige of the new owner, thus becoming "Villa Delizia".
Today the villa is rented for ceremonies, conferences and various events. It is protected by the "Fine Arts",
The villa is divided into four:
The interior design is still linked to a unified, sixteenth-century design, characterized by the simplicity of the structure and the absence of sophisticated connotations. On the ground floor and on the main floor there is a cycle of refined eighteenth-century frescoes by Pietro Giarrè, a Florentine artist also active in the Certosa di Calci,
The painter created a decoration that was integrated with the furnishings and architecture, according to the stylistic canons of fashion in vogue at the time. Everything is done for the purpose of a game of references based on the theme of illusion, with subtle scenographic effects, such as the use of angled perspective or the trompe l'œil.
The cellars are developed in three areas:
a trapezoidal cross vault,
two rectangular barrel vaults.
They are spread over several levels and have exposed stone and brick walls. In the first cellar with a barrel vault there is a natural cave (now no longer accessible), but documented as early as 1619. It was a secret passage linked to the disappearance of important citizens to the city of Pisa. Here you can still see the pre-existing fortified medieval armor on which the sixteenth-century wall structure rests.
On one of the walls of the last cellar there is a fresco of a Madonna and Child.
The cellars are accessed by three entrances: an internal one that is connected by stairs to the first first and two that lead directly onto the garden.
On the ground floor there is access through the large front door. It consists of a central living room from which other rooms branch off.
On this floor Giarrè framed doors and windows of the various rooms with cherubs and flowers (Arcadian elements, symbols of childhood). These subjects meet immediately in the large central hall which serves as the main entrance to the villa. Looking at these paintings we understand the strong reference to the painting methods of Vincenzo Meucci (famous Florentine painter of frescoes), who was most probably his teacher. The points of contact between the two can be seen in the richly draped figures, in the type of faces and in the dense and bright color, but there are also differences related to spatial concepts: for Giarrè the compositions are in large and complex spirals, typical of the late Baroque.
Going up from an imposing staircase in sandstone you reach the first floor, the main floor which maintains the same layout as the ground floor, with a central living room and related surroundings around it. Here was the family's real residence.
Among the monumental rooms there are two living rooms, three bedrooms and other rooms reserved for the master: all the decoration in this space is richer and more complex than the floor below. This floor also has two small balconies, one that protrudes from the main façade and the other, which is opposite, to the rear of the villa.
The attic can also be reached via the large sandstone staircase. It is a huge complex that includes a large central space with three small rooms on the side. The very large central room is divided by three arches and illuminated, on the north and south sides, by openings with low arches. It was used for drying grains and fruit because thanks to the numerous air vents it was very well suited to this type of function.
The garden is located at the rear of the villa's main façade and is surrounded by medieval fence walls. It is a typically Tuscan garden, designed by avenues and driveways that lead to resting places with statues, fountains and ancient trees. Its shape is shaped by the hilly nature of the place, and develops in the sequence of three terraced surfaces, divided into eight rectangular flower beds covered in their perimeter by open water channels for irrigation.
The system of terraces divides and arranges the space in a sequence of floors on which the garden and the different species of crops are located: the vegetable garden and the garden with the fruits which, at the bottom, constitutes the rear entrance of the villa in the current structure.
In the part towards the valley, the garden develops into more free parts like a sort of grove.
The stables, joined to the nearby church by a door, consist of a large square block with stone walls and a ramp that leads to the entrance door that was used to let the carriages enter and exit. Inside the large arches divide more spaces.
The luxury villa is immediately available, in need of restoration work but overall the structure is in fair condition.
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