Surrounded by an olive grove and overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea as well as the Aurunci mountains Villa Due Pini is situated on a hill in the small town of Itri. The house is also known as “White Pumpkin” and as unusual as its name is its story of origin: The villa is based on the redesign of an unfinished reinforced concrete skeleton. The initial structure determines the roof pitch and defines the visible concrete framework of the living room. The austere appearance of the architecture is broken up by two terraces that open the house to the outside and by the facade of white ceramic mosaic. The entrance and the base in orange create colourful accents. Villa Due Pini was designed by Cherubino Gambardella who is considered one of the most influential contemporary architects in Italy. He was the model for the main character in the award-winning film ” La grande bellezza ” directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
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What to do
The beaches of Sperlonga and Gaeta are a mere 15-minute drive away. It is also possible to do day trips to the island of Ponza. Walkers have a tremendous numbers of trails to choose from and explore in the Aurunci mountains and along the coastline. Capri, Ischia, Pompeii, Amalfi are not far away. There a good train connections to Rome and Naples.
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, Lazio, Itri
Name: Villa Due Pini
Scenery: situated on a hill overlooking the mountains and the sea
Number of guests: 4 adults + 4 children
Design: Cherubino Gambardella, Naples
Published: MARK (2012), DOMUS (2012), LETTERA VENTIDUE (2013), Homestory 3/17: Mediterranean Acropolis – Cherubino Gambardella’s hommage to the Mediterranean myth
Awards: Cersaie Bologna Award, category "Best Residential House", 2012