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The Villa Mimbelli: photos, description (Villa Mimbelli)

Mimbelli the Villa is located in Lucca in via San Jacopo, Acquaviva. Today it hosts the civic Museum Giovanni Fattori.

Aristocratic Villa built by the architect Vincenzo Micheli between 1865 and 1875, the years for the rich merchant Francesco Mimbelli and his wife Enrichetta Rodocanachi. Once the residence was habitable already in 1868, the year, was surrounded by a small garden, which, in 1871, the year has significantly expanded by purchasing adjacent lands. Then near the Villa Mimbelli ordered the construction of a two-storey building for storing grain.

During the Second World war the Villa Mimbelli seriously injured, but after several years of neglect it was carefully restored and reopened to the public. In 1994, the year the building housed the Museum Civico Giovanni Fattori collection of paintings by famous painter and other representatives of the artistic movement of the macchiaioli. And premises the granary now used for temporary exhibitions.

The building of Mibelli remarkably elegant facade, decorated with grotesque Mascherone and floral motifs. The main entrance, through which could pass the crews, hidden under a cast iron canopy and side entrance on the ground floor stands out with three wide arched openings that lead directly into the dining hall and into the living room. The living deserve attention decorated with stucco ceilings and the lunettes with frescoes of Annibale Gatti. There, on the ground floor, located the Smoking room, known as the Moorish for its unique Oriental style with elegant filigree and multi-colored Islamic decorations.

To the Northern wall of the Villa adjoins an imposing staircase decorated with ceramic cupids. A staircase leads to the second floor apartment of spouses of Mibelli. Around the Villa and a lush garden in a romantic style with exotic plants - especially many here are date palms. In the Park you can see a small chapel and outdoor theater of the 20th century, which, however, has for many years not being used.