Villa of Donato
Sant'Eframo Vecchio is a village in itself: a small Naples in miniature; a square with the Capuchin convent has been its beating heart since 1530. Villa di Donato is next door, it is an original eighteenth-century example of a hunting lodge, one of the few still existing in the urban area of Naples. The long and well-kept driveway, the stables on the lower floors and the overall cubic layout appear in the 1790 plan by Rizzi Zannoni.
The eighteenth-century Villa retains its charm intact thanks to the gardens, the well-preserved frescoes - with hunting scenes, rural life and clothes of the time among elegant grotesques - clearly shows the date of 1786.
The polite hospitality, the respect for the art of knowing how to receive and its refined nature as a container of arts and music confirm its atmosphere of a private "home", and are safeguarded by the hosts Patrizia and Gianfranco de Mennato.
Since 2016 it has hosted "Live in Villa di Donato", a review of music, theater and chamber music that has met with great success, event after event, placing itself as a Polo of Arts and Cultures: factory, laboratory always open to research and observatory on new creative energies of the city.
Villa di Donato won the 2018 Green Care Award for the best private green space open to the city and the 2019 Cultural Classic Award for cultural promotion in the social sphere.
It hosted: Adsi - Italian Historic Houses Association, Avos project, Christie's, FAI, FAI youth, Avelino Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory, Less Onlus, Naples Bar Association, Naples Order of Architects, Universiade, Salotto Talberg, Friends of the Museums of Naples, Caruso Prize, Veronesi Foundation, the days of Casa Corriere, Garden Naples and other cultural institutions.