Journey to an ancient world of beauty and poetry
Nestled on the enchanting shores of Lake Lugano, Villa Fogazzaro Roi emerges as a marvellous dwelling suspended in time, where the captivating atmosphere of the 19th century and the cherished memories of the renowned writer, Antonio Fogazzaro, still linger. This exquisite villa, situated in the picturesque village of Oria, Valsolda, bears the name of the writer and served as the very inspiration for his celebrated novel “Piccolo mondo antico,” published in 1896.
Preserving its historic charm, the villa owes its restoration and preservation to the dedicated efforts of Marchese Giuseppe Roi, the writer’s great-grandson. In the 1950s, he embarked on a passionate mission to revive the enchanting ambiance of bygone days within its walls. Today, the villa stands as an authentic tribute to the perfect “Piccolo mondo antico,” complete with meticulously restored furnishings. It also serves as a repository for intriguing collections and travel artifacts cherished by Marchese Roi, a devoted traveller and avid collector.
In 2009, Giuseppe Roi generously donated Villa Fogazzaro to FAI – Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (Italian National Trust), ensuring that its timeless authenticity would endure and be cherished for generations to come.