Villa Cetinale


Tebaide is the name of the High Egyptian desert dating back to the third century a.d., where many people sought refuge or some sort and some often went on life changing missions to find God in the serenity of this isolated desert.

But why are we talking about this in an article about a gorgeous Tuscan villa? Well, the villa was one which belonged to one of the most powerful families of the time, the Chigis. Sienese bankers who moved to Rome for a more luxurious lifestyle.

Nevertheless, the powerful Chigi dynasty didn’t forget its Sienese roots. While the villa is typically Roman in some areas, it is absolutely Tuscan in others. The architecture varies in style from the Roman baroque styles, to the more individual styles of Carl Fontana.

Fontana also designed the garden, split into two sections with a huge statue of Ercole in the middle. The garden is lined with Cypress trees in a tree-like avenue. At the end of the garden is a small house of prayer, which until the end of the 1800s served twelve monks. A path directly leads you to the small prayer house from the main villa, which is why this house is similiar to Tebaide, it symbolises a journey from a normal life, to a more sacred one.

The Cetinale Villa was famous all over Europe for its beauty, and was a total must for travellers at the time, if only to see the gorgeous water fountains and jaw dropping forestry. This place will certainly take your breath away.

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