Villa Bernardini a Vicopelago
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Villa Bernardini in Vicopelago

Villa Bernardi in Vicopelago, is an example of the permanence of severe renaissance form in Lucchese architecture during the 1600s

Via Vicopelago 573/a

The villa is presented as an impressive and balanced cubic block and the façade has a strongly symmetrical composition. There are five openings on each of the three floors i.e. three central ones which are close together and two lateral ones which are further apart. They are all in line with those on the other floors. They are all underlined with cornices made from stone from Marlia. The three central openings on the first floor are formed by the arches of the portico, and is accessed by a stairway. The openings on the first floor are larger than the ones on the second floor which are consequently larger than those square ones on the top floor. This arrangement gives the villa an appearance of solemn solidity. The central window on the second floor, the main focal point of the façade, has a balcony and is surmounted by a divided tympanum.
The villa´s interior conserves the original 15th century furnishings along with other commissioned over the course of time by the family, who have always been the owners of the building.
The uphill facing part of the garden is very noteworthy for its verdure theatre made out of Buxus semperviens. The hedges, shaped in low parallelepipedons and surmounted with spheric forms, divide the amphitheatre space into more floors. This geometric layout creates a great theatrical effect. This theatre is found at the back of the edifice.
Source: Lucca and its lands / www.luccapro.sns.it

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