The Villa Santa Lucia (Lipari)

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Villa Santa Lucia of Lipari is an ancient noble residence located in the historical center of the island. Built in the 18th century, it underwent some modifications and transformations at the end of the 19th century. Today it hosts cultural events, exhibitions and concerts, and it is also possible to stay and dine inside.

The history of Villa Santa Lucia

The construction of Villa Santa Lucia in Lipari dates back to 1714 and was made by incorporating a seventeenth-century chapel that is still visible today. In the second half of the 18th century the Villa was the first Masonic Lodge in Lipari. At the end of the 19th century, Villa Santa Lucia in Lipari underwent some transformations and the vault decorations were replaced. However, some of them were lost after the earthquake of 1978. In the period between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the villa was inhabited by several important personalities, including the mayor of Lipari, Emanuele Carnevale. More recently, the architect Beppe Lo Cascio and his painter wife Aurora Varvaro, granddaughter of the Futurist painters Giovanni Varvaro and Vittorio Corona, lived here.

The rooms of Villa Santa Lucia in Lipari

Villa Santa Lucia is a two-storey building surrounded by a beautiful garden. On the ground floor there were cellars and storerooms, while on the upper floor the owners lived and still live today. In one of the old warehouses there is the “Maduni pinti”. The “Piccolo museo delle maioliche eoliane”, with a rich collection of majolica tiles, can be visited by appointment. The highlight of the Villa is undoubtedly its garden, the largest green area in the town of Lipari. There are 250 different species of fruit and ornamental trees and a vegetable garden.

The Villa today: hospitality, home restaurant and culture

The current owners of Villa Santa Lucia in Lipari have decided to open some of the rooms of the Villa to the public. Starting in 2019, the Villa will also host cultural events, exhibitions and small concerts. In addition, on the ground floor, two studio apartments with private bathrooms have been created where people can stay and enjoy some peace and quiet surrounded by the green garden. Three evenings a week there is also the possibility of dining in the villa according to the formula of the house restaurant. Guests will be able to taste typical traditional dishes revisited in a modern key, accompanied by a selection of Aeolian and Sicilian wines. In this case too, reservations are required. Finally, on request, cooking lessons are organized for small groups or individuals in Italian, English, Spanish and French.

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