Most people who flock to Italy for a taste of history and culture head straight to the country’s world-famous art galleries, archeological sites and churches for a glimpse of its priceless heritage. What many don’t realize is that a number of masterpieces are not on display in public halls but lay quietly waiting to be discovered in its private properties.
From countryside villas set within lush vineyards, to metropolitan palaces featuring gilded ballrooms, Italy is home to thousands of residences that open their doors to curious travelers eager for an exclusive cultural experience. The vast majority of these heritage properties are part of the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane (ADSI), a network that works to preserve and promote Italy’s Historic Homes.
“When travelers come to Italy, they search for the DNA of the country in its museums. But paintings hanging in museums are removed from the context in which they were born,” begins Vittorio Giulini, a member of the ADSI Board and President of the Dimore Storiche Lombardy region. “Where can you admire a work of art in its natural setting? Inside Italy’s historic homes.”