Villa Striano: A Mugello Landmark

Villa Striano pictured in a postcard from 1918

Villa Striano pictured in a postcard from 1918

As the crow flies, Villa Striano is about five minutes east of Grezzano, set back into the ridge of Apennine foothills that skirt the northern and eastern sides of the Mugello valley. It is the site of one of the earliest Roman settlements in the Mugello, known in that era as Histrianum. In the Middle Ages, the site belonged to the Ubaldini, Ghibelline Counts long associated with this region. A Mugello family by the name of Cocchi took over the villa at the end of the 17th century. The property then passed to the Franceschi family in the 18th century, under whom it was transformed into the villa it is today (more or less). At the end of the 19th century, the painter Michele Gordigiani, who was fairly well-known throughout Europe as a portrait painter of nobles, took over the villa. It was in this period that Villa Striano reached its height of popularity. Gordigiani’s children, Edoardo and Giulietta, held numerous dinner and evening parties there, hosting the likes of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, and Guglielmo Marconi. Giulietta married Baron Robert von Mendelssohn. Today Villa Striano is privately owned and can be rented for wedding receptions and conferences.

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2 Responses to Villa Striano: A Mugello Landmark

  1. Joyce says:

    Thank you Luca and Amy.

  2. Mary Padgett says:

    Ciao Amy, I read with interest this posting. My friend, Rika Welch, spent her childhood in the 50’s and 60’s living in an apartment in Donatello, renting it from the Gordigiani’s. She told me that Michele built the Donatello studios and she knew Eduardo (also an artist) and his brother Roberto who was not an artist. I’ve sent this link to Rika and I’ll write back if she has anything else to say!

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