Sally Gable thought she wanted was a summer house in New Hampshire.
What she found and learned to love was a new life in a beautiful
and celebrated Palladian villa in the countryside outside Venice.
In Palladian Days, she takes us with her on a journey of
discovery and transformation as she and her husband, Carl, become
the bemused owners of Villa Cornaro, built in 1552 by the great
Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and called by Town &
Country one of the ten most influential buildings in the world.
lovingly of the villa as she and Carl settle in and slowly uncover
its history, the lives of its former inhabitants, and its architectural
pleasures. She tells of her early days there, learning to
speak Italian with the help of her engaging new neighbors in the
tiny town that surrounds the villa, Piombino Dese, a place both
traditional and busily modern with its old-fashioned street markets
and its burgeoning economy.
She writes with beguiling
humor about learning to take care of a Renaissance palace with its
104 frescos and 44 pairs of shutters (all of which have to be opened
and closed daily). She tells of baffling encounters with the
soprintendente di belle arti, who must give permission for
even the slightest repair to the Italian national treasure Sally
and Carl call home. And she describes the life she and her
husband create for the villa itself, allowing it to be used for
concerts, ballet performances, even as a movie set.
Days, we enter with Sally and Carl into their engrossing adventure,
following along as they are woven ever more deeply into the fabric
of small-town Italy and into its larger national history.
Their story will delight travelers and would-be travelers; all who
are fascinated by architecture, by art, by the powerful essence
of place--and, especially, house-dreamers everywhere.
a church musician by training, has served on the boards of Radcliffe
College, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and other educational and
musical organizations. Carl I. Gable, a lawyer and businessman
and the author of a book on Venetian glass, has served on the boards
of the Spoleto Festival USA, the Atlanta Opera, the Michael C. Carlos
Museum of Emory University and the Center for Palladian Studies
in America. They divide their time between Atlanta and Villa