It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote a blog post about Villa Valguarnera. I remember back then, I was trying to research online about this magical place in Sicily and I couldn’t find much information or photos apart from an article in Spanish magazine Telva. I recently stumbled across a great feature about Villa Valguarnera in Condé Nast Traveler and I thought it was only fair to share more images of this magnificent home.
The current owner of Villa Valguarnera, Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca (a title bestowed on her family in 1609 by the King of Spain.)
The Piano Nobile of the Villa is available to rent, although Vittoria allows guests to use the entire house (except her bedroom and study) and the gardens ( this is all I could wish for a dreamy Italian stay!)
Images: Serena Eller for Condé Nast Traveller
For more information visit http://www.villavalguarnera.com
Researching about the Spanish Royal Palace of Riofrio (a place that I love and you should definitely visit when in Segovia) I stumbled across another place with the same name but in Setubal, Portugal. I instantly fell in love with the stunning blue and white tiles so I did some investigation about the place.
This manor house (now open as Bed and Breakfast) was built at the beginning of the 20th century and at the time the Herdade de Rio Frio was one of the biggest estates in the country mainly producing wine. The tiles in the house depict rural communities at work, in particular, the wine harvest.
The beautiful azulejos were painted by renowned tile artist Jorge Colaço, (1848-1942) His work can also be seen at the Palace Hotel of Bussaco, the Sao Bento railway station in Porto and even at Windsor Palace in England.
Hotel Palacio de Bussaco
Sao Bento Station
I hope you have enjoyed my first little discovery of the year!
Photo Credits: Palacio de Riofrio – Booking.com | Hotel Palacio de Bussaco – Luxury Dreams Hotels | Sao Bento Station – https://www.instagram.com/bmseventh/