There are different types of luxury villas in Italy, dreamlike residences located in exclusive natural settings that are unique examples of architecture. Let yourself be inspired by an overview of some of the most exclusive villas in which the prestigious company Fantini Mosaici | Marmi, a bulwark of the Made in Italy label that has made the Bel Paese (Italian for “beautiful country”) world famous, has offered its prestigious intervention.
First of all, let’s examine the features that a property must have in order to be considered a “luxury villa” in Italy, and its deepest and most authentic meaning.
Meaning/Definition of a villa home in Italy
The italian different types of properties are divided into the so-called cadastral categories. As far as residences are concerned, the categories are the following:
- stately homes;
- residential houses;
- economic houses;
- popular houses;
- ultra-popular houses;
- rural houses;
- castles, palaces of outstanding historical or artistic merit;
- residences that are typical and distinctive of the place.
Castles, prestigious palaces, villas and stately homes fall into the “luxury residences” category. Passing to one of the luxury cadastral categories can determine the loss of some tax reliefs. This rule varies from country to country.
Generally speaking, you can say you live in a “villa” when at least some of the following features occur:
- the total useful floor area of the property is over 160 square metres, without including balconies, terraces, cellars, attics, stairs, garages and parking spaces;
- covered or open-air balconies and walkout terraces that have a total useful floor area of over 65 square metres;
- backstairs that are neither prescribed by laws and regulations, nor subject to the obligation of fire and injury prevention measures;
- the main staircase that is taller than 170 centimetres on average, with walls cladded with fine materials;
- storeys with a net headroom of over 3.30 metres;
- fine solid wood front doors that have been veneered, carved, engraved or inlaid, and have exquisite decorations;
- floorings made of fine materials on over 50% of the total useful floor area of the property;
- walls cladded with fine materials and fabrics on over 30% of the total wall area;
- coffered ceilings decorated or adorned with hand-painted stuccoes;
- a covered or open-air masonry pool that has an area of over 80 square metres;
- a tennis court that has an area of over 60 square metres.
Antique residences, stately homes with a contemporary design or country houses that belonged to noble families, luxury residences have general features and strong points that should be taken into account.
The size of luxury villas in Italy
The considerable size that luxury villas have in common implicates that, compared to the residences that fall into other categories, the indoor and outdoor spaces need more care and usually more frequent maintenance and restoration works.
It’s advisable to rely on specialised companies and professionals designated to add value to interiors and gardens, in order to preserve over time the appearance and quality of:
- the furniture, especially if antique;
- indoor and outdoor claddings;
- antique decorations;
- the garden;
- the park;
- the artificial lake.
Professional, expert and competent gardeners and interior designers are valuable allies for the maintenance of your property.
Whether the premises or the adjacent outdoor spaces are protected by historical, architectural, landscape and environmental restrictions, the maintenance and restoration works must be reported to the Superintendencies or other designated bodies, depending on the regulations in force in the area of residence. Ask the municipal authorities which regulations you must comply with. In Italy, the maintenance of the properties that are protected by historical and architectural, or landscape and environmental restrictions is a legal obligation to be carried out with substantial tax reliefs.
Living in luxury villas in Italy: typical furnishing
For you, the owners of residences that come under this special category, we have a few simple tips for embellishing the rooms and adding value to them. The aesthetics of a luxury villa must be highlighted and taken care of down to the last detail.
Choosing the materials
The golden rule of luxury interior design is to combine warm and cold top-quality materials in every room. For instance, combining marble and velvet is a smart and simple move that can envelop the rooms with unique splendour.
The perfect materials for the furnishing of the kitchen are fine solid woods combined with marble or granite if you prefer a classic luxury interior design, or with stainless steel for a more modern twist.
Whereas for the furnishing of the salle de bain we suggest you look at gold, copper and bronze, which lend an extraordinary shininess to the room. High-quality materials are essential in a luxury bathroom.
The indoor flooring
As for the floorings and the stairs, marble is the best solution. The greater the visible area of the indoor floor is, the more elegant the villa will look. For this reason, we suggest you opt for pieces of furniture that have long legs, or that are suspended if possible.
In order to refine the room and renovate the appearance of the flooring, try and add some simple decorations at baseboard height. You will get an unexpected effect.
In luxury villas, it’s advisable to paint the interior walls with bright and clear shades such as ivory, champagne and cream, and even pure white. Green light also to the brick effect, which can be made with wood or stone, and can give a touch that is warm and elegant at the same time.
Installing wall panels along the hallways is a solution that contributes to embellish the rooms. In the living room, adorn the walls with valuable paintings.
Contrasts and matches
A sharp contrast between the colour of the walls and the colour of the flooring lends an elegant allure to the rooms. Playing with contrasts is a smart choice, also for embellishing stairs and staircases.
Choose carpets that match the other fabrics. In general, bright colours give a glamorous touch to the room.
Ceiling stuccoes for chandeliers are a solution that has a strong aesthetic impact in luxury living rooms. Green light also to exposed beams with their timeless allure.
Doors and windows
It’s the details that make the difference. Door and window handles are no unimportant functional details, but rather elements that can give a dash of elegance to the rooms.
Mirrors and lighting
Placing various light sources in a room creates an elegant and magical atmosphere. Mirrors add light, they contribute to making the atmosphere more welcoming and they lend a pleasant sense of spaciousness to the rooms. Why should you do without them?
The wine cellar
The latest trend in the most exclusive luxury villas is the wine cellar, which becomes itself a decorative element with a strong aesthetic impact.