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JAN-FEB 2019

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38 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 LINY THE ELDER'S PLAIN AND simple description summarizes, in a few notes, the landscape encountered after traversing the grueling and rugged Alps. With their eyes still filled with deep precipices and dazzling glaciers, travelers find themselves enchanted when they set their sights on a "country" where the mild weather makes it "always green." A strong and in some ways extraordinary contrast between the gentle climate of the lake, which seems to anticipate the sea, and the wintery, icy cold, and gloomy conditions of the pointed mountains surrounding it. The tradition of holidaying on the lake shores dates back to Roman times, in particular to the Imperial Age, when the culture spread of suburban villas for rest and otium far from the hubbub of the city. The letters of Pliny the Younger, nephew of the above-mentioned Pliny the Elder, describing his two villas on the lake—one overlooking the gulf of Lenno and the other higher up in Bellagio—are famous. During the Middle Ages, the concept of holidaying so dear to the Romans was lost. The owners of the lands and estates periodically went to their properties to deal with matters linked to the harvest or to hunt in the vicinity. And for this, a "master's house," rather than a "farmhouse," sufficed. While indeed refined, these were above all functional and comfort- able premises, with vegetable gardens, olive groves, vineyards, and orchards alongside. We would have to wait for the Renaissance, in the wake of the renewed discovery of antiquity, for the shores to begin to be populated by villas for rest and leisure, located in the most attractive places, sheltered from the wind, and surrounded by land suited to creating gardens. One of the first was that of humanist Paolo Giovio, built between 1537 and 1543. Also housing the scholar's famous public art collection, it hence came to be known as Museo Gioviano. Giovio's residence, a prototype of the renewed way of regarding the villa, was followed by others. In 1565 Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio started to build his villa, later to be called Villa d'Este, at Il Garrovo. Subsequently, the governor of Como, Giovanni Anguissola, P

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