VILLA OTTOLENGHI AND THE PRIZE-AWARDED GARDENS
The magnificence of a Country Home that dominates the hillsides of the Alto Monferrato territory.
The villa and Estate at Monterosso is the only example of its kind to be found throughout the whole of Italy that involved an intense collaboration between architects, painters, sculptors and investors to give life to a country home full of wonderful works of art. In 1920 Count Arturo Ottolenghi and his wife Herta von Wedekind zu Horst entrusted the design of their home, first to Federico d’Amato and then to the famous architect Marcello Piacentini. The patronage of the Ottolenghi’s brought to Monterosso significant artists such as Ferruccio Ferrazzi, Fortunato Depero, Adolfo Wildt, Arturo Martini, the Ferrari Masters, Fiore Martelli, Rosario Murabito and Venanzio Crocetti.
It was at Villa Ottolenghi that Arturo Martini produced some of his most important works, including “Tobias, Adam and Eve, the Lions of Monterosso”. Following the death of the couple, it was their son Astolfo who completed the villa and the garden designed by Pietro Porcinai in the 1950s.
Not far from the villa is the striking mausoleum called “Herta’s Temple”, and park based on a carefully planned scenic design known as “Earthly Paradise”. The Temple’s monumental portal, in engraved bronze, nickel and copper, is a masterpiece by the wrought iron masters Ernesto and Mario Ferrari, and serves as a prelude to the beauty of Ferruccio Ferrazzi’s frescoes and mosaics of Ravenna’s Mosaic School.
The formal garden, the well, the Studios, the grand Cistern, the walk that leads all around the estate, the Graffiti, the wisteria pergola, the swimming pool, the wine cellars are all places to stop and appreciate a journey that will surprise and delight you, from the attention to detail and the wrought-iron master pieces, that appear here and there, along with the swivelling marble armchairs and above all Herta’s impressive sculptures.
The fascination and beauty of the place is irresistible and charms every visitor.
In 2011 the Villa was awarded with the prestigious “European Garden Prize Award” for the most beautiful contemporary formal garden in Europe.
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT DUE TO THE COVID ‘ 19 EMERGENCY ALL TOURS AND ACTIVITIES AT THE VILLA ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED.
From the 19th September to June: every Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm
From June to mid September : every Saturday and Sunday at 4.30pm
The visit includes: the awarded gardens, all the gardens of the Villa, Herta’s Temple (Mausoleum) and a final wine tasting.
A RESERVATION MUST BE MADE BY CALLING 335 6312093 ( maximum 6/10 people )
Meeting point at the gate of the Mausoleum ( 200-300 metres on the left before reaching the villa)
IT IS OBLIGATORY TO WEAR A FACE MASK
For other days by reservation by calling
Tel. 0144 322177 – 335 6312093
Strada Montorosso, 42