Le Dimore del Quartetto

VILLA SPADA, ORBICCIANO (LU)

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In Orbicciano, summer holidays were spent. It was the holiday home of the Cenami Spada family. It is located halfway up the hill of Val Freddana, a fresh valley also in mid-August, at the bottom of which runs the road that, in less than half an hour, leads to Lucca.
The house is located in the heart of a farm that produces oil. The estates that surround it today have all been restored with rooms open to the terraces of olive trees.
The garden has stayed untouched with an immense centuries-old lime tree, with lemons, hydrangeas, roses and jasmine.
The origin of Orbicciano dates back to the 16th century: on its stones, its façade and its dry-stone walls, the stratifications of ancient times that date back to the nineteenth century can be read.
The kitchen is still that of wood and fire with a large fireplace, solid furniture, large marble floors.
The winter living room is gathered around a fireplace, the one in the summer illuminated by a large window, which opens onto a stone terrace, overlooking a small and hidden Italian garden.
A large family home, made to accommodate the whole brigade of parents, children, relatives and cooks. Bright and dark, silent and protective, the Tuscan Macchiaioli would have liked it.
Peacefully ancient but very comfortable, always loved by those who have inhabited it, capable of giving back its secret harmony every day. In the summer, a quiet shelter where to rest by the pool and eat in the shade of fragrant jasmines, enjoy the walks to Romanesque parishes on dirt roads or through oak woods.
At dusk, seated with a glass of white or gin and tonic on the terrace, in front of the valley that slopes, the eye dialogues with ancient forms while the scents of a sweet night come from the gardens and the woods to visit the house.