- Art & Culture
Villa Grismondi Finardi
The last home on this opulent tour may not look like much from the outside, but the pared-back facade of this villa conceals a dazzling interior.
Villa Grismondi Finardi started life as a country house, combining elements of an eighteenth-century retreat with an old farmhouse. It was built around a rustic courtyard overlooked by an old farmstead, complete with a portico that still bears the remains of sacred medieval frescoes.
The stark exterior contrasts with the pomp of the interior decoration: the halls feature ornamental draped motifs, precious stones, medallions, frames holding bucolic landscapes, and musical instruments.
Still inhabited by the Finardi family, the villa is surrounded by a park with centuries-old trees. Remember, you can't judge a book (or a historic home) by its cover!