The hilltop, where Villa Roccaverano is situated, used to belong to Roberto and his wife Carla. Carla and Roberto, who is now 75 years old, both grew up in area, and the history of their family is tied to the hills of Roccavarano and extends several generations back in time. Roberto’s uncle lived on the hilltop when Roberto was a boy, and he has told us stories about his childhood adventures in the hills surrounding the house.
When we bought the site, it was clear that Roberto had very special ties to the place, and he followed the restoration with interest. When the house was finished in the summer of 2013, he and his wife invited us for ‘Pranzo della Domenica’ (Sunday Lunch) in their farmhouse close by. After lunch, Roberto told us that he found the new Villa Roccaverano very beautiful, and that he was very happy that they had sold the site to us. He then gave us three pots with succulent plants, which he cultivates around his farm, and instructed us in how to care for them and make more of them.
We follow his instructions carefully, and now we have several succulent plants around the house in pots as well as in the ground. When we look at the plants, we enjoy the thought that Roberto is still represented on the hilltop, and that Roberto’s plants creates a tie between the new Villa Roccaverano and the family history of the hilltop.