Villa Palmerino is a special place. The villa is situated on the outskirts of the city of Florence, right where the countryside begins, in the famous foothills of Maiano and Fiesole. This has been a sought after area for centuries for people who want to live the country life minutes from the city.
The villa itself has a long history of being a place for artists and creative people. Earliest records from the 1400s show the owners to be artists, a goldsmith, Ottaviano Antonio di Duccio, active in the courts of renaissance Italy with his brother, a well known sculptor called Agostino d`Antonio di Duccio.
|Vernon Lee by J.Singer Sargent|
Vernon Lee, here depicted in a portrait by John Singer Sargent, owned the villa in the 1800s.
This famous English intellectual and writer was a woman with a strong belief in the arts. A circle of artists, writers and musicians naturally formed around her during her time at the villa and thus Palmerino has seen many famous visitors. Virginia Wolf, J. Singer Sargent, Henry James, Oscar Wide, Edith Wharton, Telemaco Signorini and Bernard Berenson have all passed through the villa’s gates, to name a few.
|Federica shows us here grandfather's work|
|view of the studio space from outside|
|working in the studio|
|a meal together after class|
|one of the many paths at Palmerino|