Past an austere gate, at the end of a paved driveway surrounded by lush greenery, Lanuvium looms up unexpectedly against the backdrop of a courtyard in peperino with all the light that its three whitewashed floors and large windows can reflect. The villa takes its name from the town in which it stands, Lanuvio, one of the seventeen Castelli Romani rich in history, folklore, traditions and food and wine culture. Built in the '70s, it has been completely renovated by the current owners with the architectural criteria of material contamination in '50s style. The ground floor is dominated by the spiral staircase, by a sculpture in porous stone which characterizes the living area together with the oval dining table, the floor lamp in fine translucent opalescent marble with silver veining, the cylindrical fireplace in embossed bronze foil, the sofas, the sculptures and the other unique pieces which, together with the owners' travel souvenirs, have made Lanuvium a contemporary, dynamic and captivating residence. The tempered glass windows blend with the shiny galvanized steel of the portico structure, anchoring it the ground and projecting it to the first floor where the pool “enters” the study on one side and “exits” from an infinity waterfall wall on the other. The burnt anthracite-coloured flooring of the large portico and the dark brown teak of the pool area and external perimeter of the first floor stand out clearly and cleanly, creating a connection between the villa and the outdoor areas. Lanuvium is completely air conditioned and soundproofed and all the bedrooms are fitted with top of the range Flou beds so as to ensure complete rest and comfort. Relaxation and wellbeing continue with the indoor Turkish bath and hydromassage tub, with the outdoor hydromassage shower adjacent to the portico and with the hydromassage tub of the swimming pool.
The 350 sq m villa has three floors and is accessed via the two large French windows of the kitchen and the dining room which, together with the living room with fireplace, form the large open-plan area of the ground floor; a hallway leads to the bathroom with shower and Turkish bath and to the bathroom with tub. On the first floor the study opens out onto the portico just a few steps from the pool and into the hallway leading to a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower, to a double bedroom with outside access and to a bathroom with hydromassage tub. On the third floor are three double bedrooms and a bathroom with tub and shower. The floors are connected by the internal staircase.
The fenced-in park of Villa Lanuvium with its 5500 sq m contains many trees and flowers typical of this hill area of Lazio that brighten the driveway, the parking areas and the courtyard in front of the entrance; pines, olives, holm oaks, hydrangeas, rose bushes, jasmine, bignonias, wisteria, lilies, petunias, oleanders, pomegranates, lemons, rosemary, pittosporum, laurel and acanthus: this last is widespread at Lanuvium and is the symbol on the Greek Corinthian capitals. Flights of steps and tuff paths criss-cross the property, connecting the various levels. From the electric gate, across the paved driveway, you come to the first parking level then, continuing past a fountain with water lilies, you come to a second parking level leading to the peperino-paved courtyard in front of the entrance to the villa. Here you will find a stone barbecue and an umbrella with a large round wooden table which constitute the practical and dynamic outdoor dining area, enlivened by the splashing water of the infinity pool that spills into the wall fountain behind it. The park consists of pleasant areas of lawn where you can relax in the shade or sunbathe by the pool and a children's play area.
The pool at Lanuvium is an infinity one, its waters flow into the wall fountain located at courtyard level on the ground floor. Rectangular-shaped, it measures 6 x 12 m with the depth varying from a few centimetres to 2.5 m in the centre. It has chlorine purification, internal lights, light blue PVC lining and is accessed down five steps. The pool is located on the first floor of the villa and faces south-west, looking out over the village of Genzano which at sunset lights up like a nativity scene. The solarium area consists of dark teak and lawn, as regards the area exposed to the sun, and of the portico for shade; it is provided with sunbeds, deckchairs, chaise longue and fine ash wood furnishings. It is reached, outside, along the steps and tuff paths and, inside, from the first floor study which opens directly onto the portico and from one of the double bedrooms; there is not, therefore, any physical or visual interruption between pool, portico and house. Completing the pool area is a kingsize shower stall with hot water, built in brick and fine mosaic of green Venetian grit. The pool is open from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday in October.
Pets: On request
Property Accessibilty: Not suitable for disabled people
Fenced-in property: Yes