I first traveled to Italy while I was still in High School - I remember being completely swept away by the culture, the wine (yea, my parents were liberal like that) and most of all, exploring it's walled cities and charming hill top towns. So it is no surprise that I've fallen head over hills, for Corte della Maesta - perched on a mountain peak between Orvieto and Viterbo, Corte della Maestà is "an antique residence (aka small hotel) found in the suggestive valle di Civita di Bagnoregio, the silhouette of which rises up like some remote outpost accessible thanks only to a footbridge."... Hello, Heart Strings!
The newly renovated residence was formerly a Bishop's house, and has only five rooms, all decorated with antique pieces and vintage art. The design is so perfect - I'd figure I'd let the images speak for themselves. Lets explore this Italian gem room by room...Starting with my favorite room in the house...the Kitchen
The Abbess ~ This room’s four-poster bed once belonged to the Abbess of a monastery (hence the room’s name) and is meant as a tribute to Stendhal’s ‘The Abbess Of Castro’.
The Sleepwalker ~ The bed’s headboard came from an early nineteenth century theatrical production, and is a tribute to Vincenzo Belli and to the great tradition of Italian opera
The Intruder ~ Looking out across the valley, one can glimpse the house where the Argentine poet and writer Rodolfo Wilcock lived and died. He was a great friend of Jorge Luis Borges, to whose work the room is dedicated.
The Writer ~The wallpaper in the apartment’s study is a reproduction of that covering the walls of Virginia Woolf’s London home. It has its own private entrance from the garden, up stone stairs with Roman columns to a terrace covered by a pergola of roses.
The Loner ~The forty-square-metre apartment, the Corte’s oldest and most austere, is dedicated to Giacomo Leopardi and to the traditions of great Italian poetry.