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Spiral staircase in the magnificent Villa Moretti in Tarcento, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.


Villa Moretti was built by the Udine brewing family at the very end of the 19th century on Coia Hill, which has been home to two castles and at least one other villa. The original construction was handled by an engineer from Torino named Vandone (or Vandoni). At the time, this was a cutting-edge architectural style that in the U.S. is called "Italianate".


Architect Arduino Berlam of Trieste and Tricesimo directed some changes to the exterior and to the grounds in 1919-1922. Renovations to the interior took place from 1950-1952 to modernize it and to add woodwork reflective of local styles.


And, as Pina pointed out, the building was heavily damaged by the 1976 earthquakes, and has since been rebuilt. The woodwork throughout the parts of the interior I saw was beautiful. The villa is now equipped for parties (and even has an elevator). They are preparing the lower level for a historical exhibit.


Thanks to "Il Corsaro" for getting us inside the villa!

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Taken on April 28, 2012