I’m immensely pleased that I’m able to share with you some freshly acquired doors. I present you Villa Cetinale from my Sunday’s three-garden open-door tour.
Let’s start at the beginning, I say. Today you are welcome to wait with me for 22 minutes, which is the delay with which the first gate of the day opened in front of Villa Cetinale, 20 minutes west of Siena and 1.5 h north of me.
I should know by now that in Italy it’s useless to plan anything tightly because your plan will collapse after the first item in your itinerary. And yet, when I was booking the tours online, the organiser ADSI offered me time slots to choose from. So I did and I had two gardens waiting soon after, which is why I spent much less time here than I would have liked. These gardens are truly astonishing.
You can read all about Villa Cetinale in detail and see its insides – which we didn’t – on its website, suffice to say that a former member of British Parliament Antony Lambton bought it in 1977 after a prostitute scandal and resignation, and worked on the house and the gardens with his partner Claire Ward (mother of actress Rachel Ward) until his death in 2006.
After that the villa has become available for rent. What are you waiting for? We could be neighbours!
Today we cover the front of the house and next week we attack from the rear where gardens start for real.
I apologise for the cloud blobs but the day was tricky for photography and the time of day was the worst for taking photos (as Cee tells us here). As I like to say: bad for photos, good for me.
The Latin motto of the villa above the main door, partially obscured in my photo towards the end, has been translated as: “Whoever you are who approach, that which may seem horrible to you is pleasing to me. If it appeals to you, remain. If it bores you, go away. Each is equally agreeable to me.” I like that. It could be the motto of my blog.
And I like it how Tina described my Lens-Artists Blues and Greens post in her comment: “Here in the US we have the phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches'”. This goes for sure somewhere on my new blog. Not yet time for that though.
And nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s just a villa…
The second part of this visit on my blog is here.
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