Le Dimore del Quartetto is based on the exchange of resources, which returns benefits to participants in a circular economy. We have always valued the beauty of Historic Houses by organizing artistic residences and concerts by our Ensembles. But the Houses do not only offer places to enhance: many of them are extraordinary productive realities, with a fascinating story to tell. This is why we asked Maria Renata Leto – trendsetter, socialite and cosmopolitan expert in good living – to accompany us to discover the simple and extraordinary beauty of these places and the products of the land that surrounds them.
THE CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL
It’s a complicated year, but I feel like starting to think about Christmas – like never before – can make us smile again, even for a while. Let me introduce myself, I’m Maria Renata, lifelong friend of Francesca Moncada, soul of Le Dimore del Quartetto: a passion for beauty and love for music binds us. When we met again some time ago in Paris on the occasion of a wonderful musical afternoon, we promised each other that sooner or later we would have done something together, and here I am telling you about how I will color my Christmas and that of my loved ones, despite everything.
Christmas is family, it is cooking together, it is setting the table with care using our most beautiful and dearest things, it is waking up without rushing… We have been spending it for years all together in Viterbo in our old family home. It is a way to meet again since life has spread us all around the world. My motto is not to stress myself: being together must be a joy, whoever arrives must be greeted by a festive atmosphere and must think “I’m finally here again”! Our Christmas tree is a beautiful butcher’s broom that my husband gave me many years ago. It does not smell like a fir tree, but it is a blaze of colored berries. I decorate it only with tiny lights and it is wonderful in its simplicity.
I like to decorate large bowls scattered around the house with moss, bulbs and pine cones, to fill vases forgotten on the cupboards during the year with colored balls, sow small bowls everywhere with pastel-colored dragees that immediately make a party. I believe that in this world where everything is homologation the most important thing is to stand out, we use our old table sets and if they are not enough let’s mix them with elegance! It is the right time to take the big, perfectly ironed crisp linen napkins out of the drawers, light all the candles, the flame makes us all more beautiful. I like to pamper my family, remember their favorite dishes and decorate them with a little strawberry tree branch. We are lucky enough to have a small church in the garden, so after dinner we all get together for the Holy Mass and it is in the magic of these rites, always the same, that we must find the strength to go on in a period like this.
It is the essence of the holidays that must make us rejoice, the beauty of being able to be together, of the good fortune of being able to enjoy everything we have and jealously guard. We exchange small gifts, it is the thought that matters. I love to wrap gifts, carefully choose ribbon and paper, handwrite the card which is never, in my case, just a name, but a small letter. I love the smell of pine needles that lingers in the house in the morning as soon as I wake up, playing bingo and making tea on the 25th in the afternoon, when our closest friends come to visit us. Although it may seem perfect, I assure you that it is not, but the magic of Christmas makes everything possible and easier… I assure you!
Merry Christmas from me!
THE PROPOSALS OF THE HOUSES
LIVE the magic of VILLA ROSSI DANIELLI
PODERE MARELLA AND ITS care packages
EXPLORATION AT CASA DELL’ABATE NALDI
THE WHITE WINES OF VILLA TOTTI
A STAY AT ANTICA CASA BALSARI
A JOURNEY INSIDE SABATINI GIN
MARIA RENATA LETO
Of Sicilian origins, adopted by the cities of Viterbo and Rome, Maria Renata is a cosmopolitan spirit that you never stop discovering. Curious traveler, with a dynamic personality, excellent hostess and cook, one day she decided by chance to share these passions with a group of friends and that is how it all began. With innate taste, the savoirfaire and culture that distinguish many women of the good European society, she is an important reference for the art of Italian hospitality.
Her splendid 18th-century country house is visited by distinguished and demanding travelers who come from all over the world and she loves to pamper them, making them feel at home with the utmost respect for privacy. Giver of good advice on the art of receiving, on secret shopping itineraries and on the Roman cuisine, she also organizes pleasant cooking class sessions that differ a little from the usual, as all of her activities.
Through her website www.mariarenataleto.com it is possible to discover more of her wonderful world.
During such a complicated year like 2020, Le Dimore del Quartetto is committed to supporting the production of the Historic Houses through the value of networking. The journey to discover the beauty and history of our lands begins.