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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