The history of Villa Renata
My grandmother, Mrs. Renata Bedetti in Gabbriellini, bought a part of land that belonged to the Mattioli counts after the war with her mother’s left, with a few lire. Being one of the first women to have graduated in architecture in Italy and to have obtained the driving license D, she made the design of the villa very different from how you see it today. I have many variations and after several discernments the result of the final design was what you can admire today.
In 1973 she began construction of the cottage, which she finished in 1977. She spent almost 37.000 Italian lire to build it, which is unbelievable 🙂
Today after almost 40 years, a lot has changed, but the grandmother’s initial design is pretty much the same as the original, only minor changes and improvements have been made since then. The trees, on the other hand, have grown quite a lot, including the cedar of Lebanon that dominates the house.
At the beginning, the ground floor apartment was for our family use while the attics were rented to pilots of the American Air Force based at the large Miramare di Rimini airport, back here. Wonderful memories bind me to that period, when I got on the giant Fords or the Dodges parked outside or when I went to the military airport to see the F16s fly with my grandmother and the pilots of the base. Then the Americans left and the Italian military came, first of the Italian Air Force and then of the Italian Army.
In the meantime, the spirit of the villa has always been that of a sea port where, over the years, many people, friends, acquaintances, friends of friends during barbecues or evenings, guests of the tenants, in short, a large family, cheerful, carefree and always far ahead with both homework and technology.
After a series of events the cottage was no longer lived in by my family on a regular basis, but always requested by friends who wanted to spend a few days by the sea in Riccione.
For the past seven years ..
Hence the idea of making the apartments available to those who so wish. Renting the apartments per day, week or short periods to families and groups of kids right on the wave of new technologies that allow the sharing of apartments and their review was an idea to keep the cottage alive and well-kept, which otherwise would have gone in abandonment.
The experience was immediately fascinating, both for the amount of people hosted and their fascinating diversity. We stayed in close contact with several guests, as it happened to go out together in the evening for Riccione and have long chats in front of a good glass of wine in the garden or go sailing and discuss every aspect of life, but also physics 🙂
In the meantime, I am always around, back and forth, almost condemned to wander on land and sea without stopping, but always reachable by phone and often also in Riccione.
I hope to have you as guests in Riccione in one of my apartments.