Between Liguria and Tuscany, in the wonderful setting of the Apuan Alps and the famous Gulf of Poets, stands a unique property called Villa dell’Angelo, with a fascinating history and exclusive architectural features.
Surrounded by a splendid park of 17,500 sqm overlooking the delta of the river Magra and the marble quarries, the villa is located in Bocca di Magra, a tourist destination, renowned due to its proximity to Cinque Terre and Forte dei Marmi.
The property, built at the end of the 19th century, was commissioned to an English architect by Bernardo Fabbricotti, a descendant of one of the most powerful families in Italy who dominated the world marble market between the 19th and 20th centuries. Carlo Andrea, Bernardo’s son, who was destined for prestigious diplomatic posts at the Italian Embassy in St Petersburg, followed the wishes of his wife Helen Bianca Murray and decided to move to Bocca di Magra, a destination much loved by his wife.
Badly damaged during Second World War bombings, it passed on to its present owners, who carried out extensive restoration work with dedication and commitment in 1970.
This beautiful house enjoys a protected position at the edge of the village, visible at a distance from the slender tower with tall white marble columns.
A splendid wrought iron gate opens to the main entrance and to a driveway completely paved with porphyritic rock. The long avenue leads to the large private park of about 2 hectares, which features a forest and olive grove, as well as secular trees, selected blossoms, and a wonderfully curated garden.
The Art Nouveau villa is surrounded by pine trees and immersed in the natural woodland climbing up the hill. The property is perfectly maintained and in an excellent state of repair.
Adjacent to the villa, a fully glazed building provides shelter during the winter season for an enchanting lemon house. In the garden, in an open and sunny area, it is possible to plan the construction of a swimming pool. At one end of the far-reaching lawn, in a beautiful loggia abounding with marble artefacts, lies a bronze copy of a famous sculpture by Pietro Tacca.
The estate is spread on two levels at the front, and four at the back, in addition to others in the basement.
The neo-Romantic and Renaissance style with delicate “floral” touches is featured in the painted frames of the turret as well as in the ornamental motifs of the framework.
A wide white marble railing separates the household area from the terraces. A landing with a double flight of stairs leads to the cellars and the lower level of the garden.
A staircase connects the villa to a unique terrace overlooking the Apuan Alps, from whic, on the finest summer days, one can admire the islands of Capraia and Gorgona.
The interior finishes include prestigious marble, parquet flooring, plastered walls, and silk upholstery.
The villa is surrounded by frescoes, marble columns and unique decor.
The property is currently divided into two units.
The joint period entrance showcases white Carrara marble columns, capitals, staircase and flooring, with bands of bardiglio, yellow Siena and Calacatta Apuan marble.
The most unique feature of the space is the Liberty skylight, crafted by the Chini brothers in Florence.
The first unit is characterised by an internal circular staircase made of prestigious pink marble, which connects all levels.
The layout also includes a cellar, various accessory rooms, a kitchen with a large dining area, three different living areas, four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and wardrobes.
The staircase gives access, on the fifth floor, to a turret and a splendid loggia with arched openings on three sides, majestic view over the sea and Alps and central light flowing through the white marble columns, capitals and entablatures.
The second apartment’s levels are connected by an internal wooden staircase with rectangular shape.
On the lower floor the property includes a cellar, laundry room, and basement. On the ground floor is the living area with kitchen, open plan living room, dining room, sitting room and a delightful corner terrace.
The space is completed by four bedrooms, one study room and a sitting room with skylight. On the fourth floor there is a large terrace with a splendid panoramic view.
A private garage, as well as a few service rooms for garden tools and accessories are also present in the estate.