Built in the late seventeenth century by Giovan Francesco Gallici, the imposing Venetian villa is located in Montegnacco di Cassacco, an ancient settlement of Celtic origin on the main Roman road connecting Friuli with the northern passes. But to make “special” Villa Gallici Deciani is not only its privileged position, among majestic and centuries-old trees that peep through the elegant wrought iron gate, but also its glorious past.
An imposing villa with a glorious past
For two centuries it was the country home of the Gallici, rich family of Bergamo origin who moved to Friuli in the second half of the seventeenth century. In the early decades of the eighteenth century were restored and date back to this period the polychrome stuccoes of the chapel, the central ball-room and the side rooms of the main floor, as well as the precious Venetian mosaic marble floors.
In 1881 the house passed to the Deciani family, through the marriage of Maria, daughter of Tommaso Gallici with Antonino dei Conti Deciani, grandfather of the current owner, belonging to an ancient Friulian family.
The most recent transformation, however, took place not many years ago, when the last descendant of the family decided to share with others the pleasure of the treasures and walls of this charming residence.
The result, obtained after the restoration work carried out by Count Luigi Deciani together with his wife Pisana Ferrari, who remedied the disasters brought to the complex by the two great wars as well as the 1976 earthquake, is a proposal of exclusive and unique stay, which accepts the challenge of a refined welcome, made of suites and comfortable apartments breathing the sense of a great lovingly preserved past.
The structure is the result of generations that have succeeded each one making its modifications. The owner, Luigi Deciani, adds: “It’s better to live with the story than to try and change it”. And here not only different styles and materials create a fluid language that makes this large house natural and authentic, but traces of the various passages that the villa has suffered over time are still visible: from the requisition by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War at the base of the 88th US Infantry Division at the end of the war with the bayonet marks on the doors of the great hall and the clearly visible writing “Bar Room”.
So many feelings that are felt around the bright environments of this noble house, where between lounges and rooms for music and others used for lunch, one for the cold season and the other for the hottest, everything has the unique taste of an aristocratic private house open to hospitality.
Here the taste, which Chateaubriand called “the good sense of genius”, is experienced as a natural fact and luxury is expertly declined according to the dictates of a conscious, never ostentatious or excessive elegance, and capable of instilling a sense of harmony and of balance.
Twelve rooms, each distinguished by its style and color. They are divided into four, the largest and most important for furnishings, in the main body of the villa on the second floor in the fly gallery that overlooks the very large entrance hall.
Two double and one single are in the Tower, which is the oldest part of the whole complex, while the one furnished in oriental style stands out in the Foresteria that preserves the old cuisine of Friuli style.
Another room is located in the part of the house once reserved for the Serra and another in the loft of the Fienile.
Two comfortable double rooms are in the Casa Rossa, an independent two-story apartment, which has been our home for the days spent as guests of Count Deciani.
The villa is still the residence of the Decian Counts and at the same time the site of prestigious events such as concerts, conventions, receptions and exhibitions. At guests’ disposal, in addition to the beautiful green space, a suggestive location for parties, meetings and gala dinners or quiet walks and moments of relaxation, the private swimming pool is far from prying eyes, and the large agricultural green area of 20 hectares where you can walk accompanied by funny goats, squawking geese and roosters and hens, official suppliers of daily fresh eggs.
Villa Gallici Deciani is a place of rare beauty, immersed in the greenery of the province of Udine, where magnificent gardens surround a building rich in art and history, with sumptuous halls that make it a dream home or movie set.
Villa Gallici Deciani
Via Gallici, 27 – Cassacco (Udine)
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