Here we are, once again, on the grounds of the Villa Reale Marlia. Today, I’m sharing the second of the three villas on the property. (The first one was the Villa del Descovo)
In 1651, Villa Reale was purchased by Oliviero and Lelio Orsetti. Sometime in the 18th century they built the Palazina del,Orologia, the clockhouse, on the grounds. While residing there they also added the Baroque gardens with the open air theater, fish pond, lemon gardens and added statues throughout the villa. If you’ve not yet seen the Villa Reale Marlia gardens, you won’t want to miss them.
But for now, are you ready to tunnel through to a villa of a different time?
It was quite enchanting and mysterious to stroll through the towering green walls, unaware of what this building was that was peering out at us. You may recall if you read the post about the gardens, we had not bothered to confer the map given to us. Every step was into something completely unknown.
This building has a few of my favorite elements within its façade. The ground level begins with arches, topped with a loggia with Doric columns and then topped with the centered clock that gives it it’s name.
And way to the tippy top another of my favorites, a bell. It’s the little details like this in older buildings that I cherish.
A view of the villa section to the right of the clock tower.
A peek into an arched and gated passageway. If only we had a key to gain access beyond!
Ah, symmetry: The view toward the path taken from below the clock. No detail goes without notice in the gardens or the villas or the relationship of the two. It’s a pure gift for the camera lens at every turn.
You can’t have Italy without grapes, and you can’t have grapes without photos taken by my dear hubby.
A view of the courtyard created by the villa and the wall of green.
This shot was taken from just inside the lofty shrub lined pathway and aimed toward the spot where the photo above was taken. The remaining photos are all taken of that end far end (left side of the clock) of the villa.
My heart was in my throat when I saw this cobblestone leading to this moss green door with it’s ironwork arch. (the portion of the building to the left is the one above.)
I wish I knew if there was any significance to this plaque above the door.
This little façade gem is the building to the right of the above passageway.
Although I love photos that show the entire scope of the clock house, this is one of my favorite photos. It encompasses the charm of the place in its exposed layers, warm subtle hues with a cool blue door, and great accents of mossy stairs, wall and a tall urn.
Notice all the flower box brackets under each window. What a beaut of villa this likely was when they were filled and spilling with flora. However, the twig like brackets create a visual expression of contently knowing and understanding the building and all it has endured.
There were no tours of the villas and I believe only the one villa is open to the public by appointment only. However, I can tell you I peered into the closest bottom window, in the photo. It was a feast for the eyes, but I was unable to get a photo. Inside, on the far side, lined against the wall was a row of arched banquettes. Though torn and their fabric rotted over time, I could see that they were once a lush velvet and tufted with rows of like covered buttons. I did strain my neck and my eyes to look directly below this window and found a mirrored line of seating. I began to wonder if this would have once been used as a dance hall. Or if perhaps, the seating was once used elsewhere in the house and was only placed in storage here. Oh, if only we could have gotten inside!
See that building at the bottom of those stairs? That is where we are headed to for the next installment of the buildings of the Villa Reale Marlia
DeeDee Lynn ~*