Villa De Vecchi – Cortenova

Villa De Vecchi – someone renamed it the “villa of the witches”

And with its decadent charm, the peeling walls, the broken glass windows like gigantic decayed teeth, Villa De Vecchi, in Cortenova, would be the perfect setting for a horror movie. After all, the stories and legends of the nineteenth-century dwelling are wasted.
Certainly the architect Alessandro Sidoli, to whom the villa was commissioned by the Risorgimento patriot Conte Felice De Vecchi, failed to attend the inauguration of his creation in 1856: he died the year before, leaving to posterity the most an important example of Valsassina’s residential architecture.

In addition to the chimneys to heat the house, the Count de Vecchi passed through the walls of the pipes inside which heated water flowed; this thing subsequently created many problems for the villa, since at the beginning of the 20th century, due to losses from the pipes, there was the collapse of the last floor. After the Count’s death, at the beginning of the 20th century, the house slowly fell into a state of decay: today the villa is little more than a crumbling ruin. But inside the degradation has left even deeper wounds, because the numerous frescoes would need a skilled restorer; as well as the supporting structure should be consolidated, the glass replaced, the roof redone. Instead the building is left to itself. And its decadent charm can not last long.

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