he Italian countryside is as varied as Italian cuisine. Tuscan hillsides are filled with the terracotta roofs of houses that mark the influence of the Mannerist, the Baroque and the Rococo style. The hinterland of Florence and Lucca to the north have an architectural style that has endured for centuries. We take our inspiration for our Casa Italia, or Italian house, from the Luccese hills above the walled city of Lucca where villas can date back to the late 1400's. Patterned after some of the formal villas of the area, it evokes the familiar style of this region.
The formal stucco facade with central entrance tall shuttered windows, wrought iron detailing, and red, clay tile roof is true to the historic houses of the region. Immediately inside one is greeted by a sitting room/study with fireplace opposite a generous dining room. Each is framed at the foyer by Italiante columns on either side of an arched entrance creating the feeling of spaciousness and warmth. Tall windows and doors add to the airy, sophisticated ambiance. Period woodwork, wood and tile floors would compliment the setting and classic Italian design of this house.