Villa Pandola Sanfelice in Lauro
The Villa Pandola Sanfelice di Lauro stands on the ramparts of the ancient walls near the Lancellotti Castle. It is accessed from the gate of piazzetta Teresa Sanfelice by an avenue flanked by orange and lemon trees that follows the course of the ancient ramparts and which widens on the left in a small hill, covered by dense vegetation that includes precious woods like an 'Araucaria It is more than a hundred years old, and a Washingtonia palm tree more than thirty meters high. The garden also houses a gigantic Taxus Bacchata, as well as some Yucca Elephantipes, different types of palms as well as roses, agapanthus, Japanese jasmine and other floral species.
At the entrance a large hall with a marble floor divides two halls, one called "degli Specchi", the other "delle Battaglie", the subject of the numerous paintings that adorn it, followed by a small chapel, all with floors of original Neapolitan pottery from the 19th century manufactories.
Going up the marble staircase, on the left is the "music room", with a Grand Concert piano of the first half of the 800 and then the "green living room", embellished by a beautiful carved white marble fireplace, as well as the others, from two landscapes one representing the mouth of the Garigliano, the other Torre Astura. Followed by a library and the main bedroom, called "Admiral", furnished with original Empire style furniture.
To the right of the "music room" is the large dining room with a beautiful gray marble fireplace and, on the walls, valuable Neapolitan still lifes. All the fireplaces of the Villa are fully functional and used normally. It is followed by a modern kitchen that opens onto a large terrace covered by a wisteria pergola, while the old large kitchen is located on the ground floor inside the original building. The terrace is turned to the West, so taking a drink chatting with friends or having lunch in the shade of the pergola will have as a backdrop the beautiful sunsets on the plain of Caserta.
On the terrace there is also the "red living room" followed by two bedrooms, one with two beds and the other with a double bed. Two more bedrooms follow the "Admiral room", five in all, for ten total beds, each with its own bathroom.
On the back of the Villa a magnificent fountain, decorated with a stone coat of arms of the Orsini family, feudal lords of Lauro in the fifteenth century, offers refreshment to those who want to immerse themselves in the hot day.
The story of Villa Pandola Sanfelice
The Villa Pandola Sanfelice, located in Lauro on the border between the province of Naples and that of Avellino, stands on the ramparts of the ancient walls near the Lancellotti Castle and enjoys an extraordinary view of the Vallo di Lauro and the plain of caserta. Originally a 16th-century relevance of the ancient Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, it was added in the 800 a building with the main halls and staircases.
It was bought at the half of the '700 by Gaetano Pandola, whose family, with a great sense of business, had achieved over time a significant economic and social position.
His brother, the canon Francesco, had worked to save Lauro, who had opposed a strong resistance, from the massacre and the destruction by the French troops of General Championnet in the 1799.
The family following the marriage of the nephew Gaetano with the noble Irish Emilia Higgins, openly sided in favor of liberal ideas and the unification of Italy under the Savoy monarchy. He had strong bonds of friendship with the entire Neapolitan liberal elite, from Luigi Settembrini to Carlo Poerio, from Francesco De Sanctis to Guglielmo Capitelli. The Villa in fact contains relics, ancient military uniforms, documents and correspondences, which are occasionally the subject of themed exhibitions. They are contrasted by court suits and testimonies of the symbiothies of the Sanfelice family, to whom the Villa is inherited through the marriage of the last Pandola with the Marquis Giuseppe Sanfelice di Monteforte.
These two components, liberal-Risorgimento and loyalty to the Bourbons are clearly reflected in the furnishings and memories that embellish the Villa. The story of the Pandola family, reconstructed through the archive documents, is contained in the book "Emilia ei suoi, a family of the South inside the Risorgimento" by Anna Sanfelice Visconti, published by Aracne Editrice International.
During the last world war the ground floor of the Villa was requisitioned by the British troops who had established a small field hospital there.
The Villa has been saved from the destruction that would have caused the mines placed by the Germans in the retaining wall to defend their retreat by closing, with the rubble of the explosion, the main road that passes by.
The current owners Anna Sanfelice Visconti di Modrone and Enrica Sanfelice Pasolini dall'Onda inherited the house in the 1999 from their maternal aunt Teresa, last daughter of Giuseppe Sanfelice, who dedicated her life to the training of young people through music and sport. Over the course of eighteen years the heirs have restored the interior of the Villa and, with extreme care, all its furnishings, preserving intact the atmosphere and the charm of a historical house lived by the many generations that have preceded them
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The Villa has five bedrooms, three of which are doubles and two doubles and therefore ten beds. Each room has its own bathroom, two with a bath and three with a shower as well as cold and warm air conditioning. Two folding beds for children under the age of three are available to guests free of charge. Also the
so-called "Red Lounge" is equipped with cold and warm air conditioning.
The change of linen is done once a week except for contingent needs.
In any case, the Villa has a large laundry room with a hot air washer and dryer.
A pair of guardians will ensure two hours of daily cleaning and will meet specific requests from guests.
The ground floor is connected to the first floor, where the bedrooms are located, with an elevator for those with walking difficulties.
The large antique kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker and a large electric oven, fridge and dishwasher. The kitchen on the first floor has a kitchen with a five-burner electric stove with a large electric oven, refrigerator with freezer, microwave and dishwasher in addition to small appliances use
At guests' disposal there are two televisions connected to a satellite antenna.
Places of interest nearby
The Villa is located in a particularly favorable position to make excursions to the places of major tourist interest in Campania; Caserta and its Royal Palace, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplonti, the Amalfi coast, are at most an hour's journey as well as the notable, although lesser known, Roman Amphitheater and Miterre of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the Palaces and the Cathedral of Capua and the splendid Longobard Basilica of Santa Maria
in Formis. A short or very short distance are also the early Christian basilica complex of Cimitile, the Roman Villa of the first century AD, the early medieval frescoes of Pernosano, the magnificent Lancellotti Castle and the other monuments of Lauro. Not to mention, of course, Naples and its art treasures, which are no more than thirty-five kilometers from the Villa. For those who want to push further, the Temples of Paestum and the magnificent Certosa di Padula will reward those willing to travel a few tens of kilometers more.