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Villa Grok: photos, description (Villa Grock)

Villa Grok, also known as Villa Bianca, one of the most interesting attractions in the Ligurian town of Imperia. It is located in the district of Oneglia, and is named after the famous Swiss clown Grok, who owned it in the first half of the 20th century. Grok (born Charles Adrien Wettach) was an outstanding entertainer - a juggler, a gymnast, an acrobat and a musician capable of playing in 14 musical instruments. He captivated a worldwide audience, transforming his stage name in the legend. At the Olympics in Paris in 1919, the year he was awarded the title of "king of clowns". In 1920, the year of Grok visited for the first time in the Empire and was so humbled by the local scenery that he decided to settle here. He bought the imposing Villa Bianca, on which he lived until his death in 1959 year.

Villa Grok is still dominating the quarter Oneglia. The structure and the surrounding gardens are traces of the influence of its multilateral owner. Three-storey Villa with a total area of 2 thousand sq. m. consists of 47 rooms, which often stayed many friends of the Grok. It has four separate entrances, ensuring freedom of movement and privacy for everyone. The first floor of the Villa boasts huge Windows, loggias, decorated with frescoes, coffered ceilings and an elegant Oriental-style carpets, and the second and third floors housed the bedrooms. In 2002-m to year the administration of the province of Imperia bought the Villa Grok and conducted a thorough restoration of the structure, retaining its original appearance. In 2010, the year Villa first opened to the public. In the near future, the Villa is planned the opening of the Museum of Grok on the life of a clown.

Special attention is given surrounding the Villa garden is a beautiful and somewhat mystical. He was also renovated in 2006-m to year. The vegetation of the garden and decorating his sculptural compositions to recreate the atmosphere created by Adrien Vytahom, who was a passionate lover of flowers. Today you can see a large gazebo with pot-bellied columns, a huge fountain, false arches, unique decorative items and even the lake at the bridge in Oriental style - all this creates a feeling of fairy tales and magic. Along gravel alleys planted with cedars, cypresses and firmiani, and part of the Park is decorated like a typical Italian garden with a large portico.