🏢 Villa Gherardi Hostel
Villa Gherardi is a majestic 17th-century historic villa. It is located in the heart of Barga, but surrounded by nature. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre and the historic area of Barga.
The Villa was built in the early 17th century by Marquis Angeli as a summer home. To access the estate you had to pass through an enormous arch that still exists and is called the ‘Cancellone’ (lit. large gate) by the Barghigiani due to its imposing iron gate. The Villa has three floors and a basement.
The ground floor houses the ‘Fratelli Rosselli’ municipal library with its more than 40,000 books. This space was originally used as a reception area for events such as dances, recitations or readings. The first and second floor of the Villa have been transformed into accommodation for those who want to spend a quiet holiday or weekend break in Barga.
Villa Gherardi is managed by Stefano, Adele and Riccardo who warmly welcome all those who want to stay in Barga. The Villa is the ideal place to start visiting the beautiful city of Barga and the surrounding area, for individual travellers, families, couples and groups. Next to the Villa there is a one-storey building that was originally used to make silk yarn. In fact, many mulberry trees were grown in this area to feed the silk worms.
In the courtyard in front of the Villa, on the left you can see the remains of a Pompeian fountain built by the Angeli family. In the centre of the fountain, water gushed through the grotesque face before flowing over the sandstone. On the sides are two smaller niches that housed white marble statues depicting naiads, water nymphs from Greek mythology. Further away from the Villa, along the tree-lined avenue that opens in front of it, you will come across the Angeli family’s private chapel, dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption.
In 1790, after the Angeli family moved to Rome, the Villa became the property of the Gherardis, another important family who lived in Barga.