La Colombaia

Lonely Planet review

One of the joys of coming here are the untamed rural surroundings; there’s also a tangible, lived-in feel about La Colombaia, a handsome neo-Renaissance villa. Little wonder, perhaps, as this is the former bachelor pad of flamboyant Italian film director Luchino Visconti.

Born into one of Milan’s wealthiest families in 1906, his 1969 film The Damned, about a wealthy German family that turns fascist, received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay. His aesthetically restored home now houses an arts foundation, which includes a documentary library focussing on Visconti and cinema history, as well as costumes, set pieces and stills from his films. It’s also a venue for the Ischia Film Festival and regularly holds edgy and interesting exhibitions.