Villa Imperina ... a period residence with a long and fantastic history
Did you know that....a vacation at the Hotel Villa Imperina is a dip in history?
Built around 1800, in 1908 Villa Imperina was the home of the magnate Magno Magni who made it an important part of the cultural and physical landscape of Agordo.
Magno Magni was an important character in history. He was the owner of the mines of Valle Imperina, hence the name of the villa, taken over in 1899. A Giolittian, he left an indelible mark on the economic and political life of Agordo.
And it was Magno Magni who gave it to his friend Achille Beltrami...
Without Magni there would not have been Achille Beltrame either, whose fame as a designer for the Domenica del Corriere newspaper obscured his important reputation as a painter. Magni was in fact a close friend and patron of Beltrame. He even discovered him. And thanks to him, Beltrame, a Vicentine who had moved to Milan, assiduously frequented the Agordino, reproducing its landscapes in his paintings and in many famous covers of the Domenica del Corriere. The villa was certainly frescoed by Beltrame, and even today we can find traces of those works, which were unfortunately lost in the historical vicissitudes that involved the building, which became first an Austro-Hungarian army quartering during the First World War, then a school in the following years.
There is a painting by Achille Beltrame, later reproduced by the same artist in a postcard, which gives us back the charm of Villa Imperina at the time of its construction. One can see the building, the Agordino mountains in the background, two edelweiss in the foreground, the white road that passes adjacent to the villa, two women walking with a parasol.
Danila Cattai, owner of the hotel (which for some time now has resumed its prestigious name of Villa Imperina replacing the more anonymous Albergo Milano), has recovered with philological care the liberty friezes that still adorn the hall and other rooms of the hotel, as well as the inscriptions reproducing verses of Dante and biblical verses, the external paintings, the wrought iron of the period.
Mrs. Danila, since 1997 owner of the hotel, has immediately given back to the structure its prestigious name of "Villa Imperina" replacing the more anonymous name of "Albergo Milano" given by the previous owners, she has carefully restored the liberty friezes that still adorn the hall and other rooms of the hotel, as well as the writings that reproduce verses of Dante and biblical verses, the external paintings, the wrought iron period.
And today it is his daughter Martina ... to welcome you with competence and professionalism in the beautiful historic Hotel Villa Imperina ...
... Now that you have read a bit of history of Villa Imperina you just have to come and visit us!