15 Insanely Chic Italian Homes
Ever heard the expression “Italians do it better”? Well, we’re starting to really understand what it means. This month, all eyes are on Italy with the Venice Film Festival, kicking off today, and Milan Fashion Week, taking place in a few weeks, and meanwhile, Italian interiors are on the brain. We’re inviting ourselves into some of the most insanely chic Italian homes today, and we can’t help but notice their rich sense of history, appreciation for the arts, and unequivocal sense of glamour. Scroll below to tour some of the most stylish residences, from Milan to Venice and everywhere in between.
Featured in Harper’s Bazaar, the 12th-century farmhouse of Eileen Guggenheim, chairwoman of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees, is Under the Tuscan Sun taken to new heights of chic, with century-old olive trees, exposed beams, brick arches, and beautifully tailored European furniture.
Spotlighted in Town & Country, the eclectic family home of jewelry designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone in the center of Milan pays homage to traditional Italian design with antiques, a centuries-old frescoed ceiling, and magnificent marble floors, but contemporary art and fresh juxtapositions make it current.
Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the apartment of Belgian art dealer Axel Vervoordt was “love at first sight,” he says. Preserving its delicate beauty—intricate windows and faded red walls—and carefully selecting tasteful, streamlined furniture, he’s married the old with the new in the most beautiful way.
Brimming with 20th-century European art and design, the home of Carla Fendi, honorary president of her eponymous luxury brand, is an apartment located in a former Roman palace, once home the architect of Florence’s iconic Santa Trìnita bridge, as well as a Ruspoli prince. Her enviable collection of furniture and paintings juxtaposes brilliantly with the building’s beautiful original details.
Decorated by the aforementioned Axel Vervoordt, the Roman apartment of renowned pianists Katie and Marielle Labèque, featured in Architectural Digest, is the epitome of rustic chic. We love its mix of intricate antiques and shabby upholstery.
In their 19th-century apartment on Italy’s famed island Sicily, couple Mehall Griffey and Jerry Maggi have balanced old-world charm (see: hand-painted Sicilian tiles and intricate crown molding) and playful, luxurious flair (see: monogram Louis Vuitton chairs and flocked damask wallpaper).
Using Rococo wallpaper; tufted, tasseled furniture; gilded furniture and accents; and layers of textiles, Italian writer Benedetta Cibrario has managed to give her home in the heart of Milan—which was featured in T Magazine—the feel of a grand 19th-century home in the country.
The Roman apartment of renowned Parisan designer Hervé Van der Straeten is gorgeously decorated with curated art, statement light fixtures, and thoughtful palettes. We love its modernist French-meets-Italian aesthetic.