Villa Silj - Lemniscati has witnessed some great world shaping events (the beginning and end of the Roman Empire, the beginning of Christianity; the custody of the Treasure of Jerusalem, to name but a few). It stands on the ancient border between the Etruscan world and Rome. Here the Etruscans, a mysterious and magical race, who dominated central Italy in antiquity and built a temple here. After the rise of the Romans, their first emperor Augustus built his country villa here, near the Etruscan temple.
The present villa was built in the early nineteenth century, as part of a great farming estate. In 1949 it became the meeting place for a group of artists, the "Convivium Romanum", who came here to paint, eat and talk about art. Many of their paintings now decorate the villa walls.
See continuation of story below in “The Garden of Lemniscati”
The history, archeological remains, natural features and installations were blended by owner Bernard Anson into an integrated work called “The Garden of Lemniscati” which includes 12 great tales – of history, legend, folk tale and myth: The Etruscan Song of Circular Time * The Donation of Constantine * Orlando and Abul Abbuz * The Great Lost Treasure of Jerusalem * da DA-Neo-DA-DA among others.
Out of this was born Stories in Place, a project dedicated to the mapping world stories, a legacy to help change the way people see the world.
Some installations and features
Beautiful residences, castles and villas, where you can stay and experience the world as legend, myth and fairy tale, also through the eyes of great poets, artists and seers. These special properties are not just for leisure, holidays and reunions, but also for changing the way of seeing the world, of working and playing in it....