On the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio, hidden between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, Villa Rosetti is an enchanting place. Set amid the Mediterranean scrub, it’s an architectural complex that began life in 1361. Over the centuries, its walls have accommodated knights and poets, emperors and popes. A religious centre in the past and today a private residence, Villa Rosetti is one of the many jewels Italy jealously guards.
On 21 and 22 April, to mark the Culture week being run by Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Villa Rosetti will open its doors for a series of rare guided tours exploring many of its numerous rooms.
The central focus is the Arazzinvista, an exhibition of eight valuable tapestries which were created in Flanders in the course of the seventeenth century and have recently been brought together at Villa Rosetti.
Restored under the supervision of Pinin Brambilla Barcilon, famous for restoring Leonardo’s Last Supper, the tapestries have been returned to their original splendour thanks to the support of Villa Rosetti's new owner, who bought the property in 1990.
|It’s a unique journey into the world of architecture, art and botany, with glimpses of the rocks plunging down to the sea and tiny hidden courtyards where the scent of gardenia and orange blossom fuses with that the smell of the salty air, which rises up from the cliffs as far as the rooftop terrace skirting the villa.|