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Villa Petri, today Dorotee Sisters' hostel


Area: Piana di Lucca
Place: Lucca
District/Locality: The building is a private property and cannot be visited inside.
Building dating: First decade of the XX century

The square based building is constructed on two floors as well as the basement cellar and the attic. It has a hip roof with a layer of Marseillais tiles.
The main façade is east-facing.
On the ground floor of this façade large French doors, which open onto mock balconies, are framed in concrete and are subdivided by small square pillars. The architrave is decorated in the centre with coloured ceramic fruit bowls. Polychrome majolica tiles also decorate the main entrance door which is also characterised by a half-sphere in semi precious stone which is set in the majolica covered fascia which surmounts the architrave.
The windows and the French doors on the first floor are decorated with the same concrete motifs as those in the ground floor openings. The uppermost parts are inserted in the fascia below the eaves which has been realized in polychrome majolica and which reproduces allegorical designs.
The building is a private property and cannot be visited inside.
Historycal news

Between the time of its construction and the present day, there haven't been significant changes to the external appearance of the villa. The interior was slightly modified in order to be used as an hostel.
(text by Lorenza Caprotti - Centro Studi Cultura Liberty e Déco)
How to reach

by car: A11 motorway exit "Lucca Centro". Follow the signs for the town centre until you reach the ring road along the walls. Turn left in Viale Carducci and continue along the ring road. After passing Piazzale Martiri della Libertà turn left in Via Civitali where you will find the villa at number 261.
Bibliography

- Archivio Storico del Comune di Lucca
- Archivio Soprintendenza B.A.A.A.S. delle province di Pisa, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Livorno (schedatori: Gilberto Bedini e Giorgio Marchetti)
- N. Nicoletti, Le residenze fuori dalle mura, in Il Museo per conoscere. Esperienze e proposte , a cura della Soprintendenza B.A.A.A.S. delle province di Pisa, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Livorno, Sezione Didattica dei Musei Nazionali di Lucca, anno II, n.3-4, Maria Pacini Fazzi Editore, Lucca 1995

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