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"Faites-moi une petite folie", the story of Villa Volpi

“Villa Volpi” is one of the main symbols of Sabaudia, a majestic sea-view Villa nestled between the famous sand dunes of the city. This splendid Villa was built in the 50’s by the Architect Tommaso Buzzi and takes its name from the owner, Conte Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, an Italian politician and entrepreneur, as well as founder of the prestigious Venice Festival, that ends with the awarding of the Volpi Cup.
The Villa was commissioned by the second wife of Conte Volpi di Misurata, Nathalie El Kanoni, with a very specific request: “faites-moi une petite folie”. In that moment, the Architect Tommaso Buzzi realized that it would be a daring unprecedented project, so he decided to take inspiration from the Greek Temples and from the Palladian Villas.

For this reason, Villa Volpi is a majestic neoclassical piece of art, spread over two floors above ground and a basement divided into a guest apartment and several accommodations for personnel and vehicles. The two levels above ground are composed of a main building from which branches off two side wings. The Villa is accessed through an impressive avenue nestled between the sand dunes that leads to the magnificent frontal porch characterized by splendid imposing columns, that are considered the symbol of Villa Volpi. The main building is composed of a magnificent entrance, several lounges that were used for events and banquets and a great dining room: all the rooms are entirely realized with precious marbles and mahogany inserts. The entrance hosts a monumental staircase that leads to the first floor where there are three sea-view bedrooms. The right wing of Villa Volpi is composed of another living room, characterized by splendid frescoes, and a kitchen, instead the left one we find four bedrooms with balconies overlooking the beach. Villa Volpi includes also a cottage and a stable located in front of the building.

This majestic project gave birth to a picturesque scenery that was often used as a set of many films, among which we remember “Scipione l’Africano” and “Divorzio all’Italiana”, directed by Pietro Germi and “Compagni di Scuola”, signed by Carlo Verdone.
Even though the years of splendour and richness are long gone, Villa Volpi is still the protagonist of gossip and media rumours: in the last years was associated to Francesco Totti and Abramovich, but there’s no certainty of a real interest. For now, all that’s certain is the majestic charm of this property, that seems surrounded by a mystery, protect by splendid columns.


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