VILLA LA MAGIA
What strongly characterizes this place, unlike other ancient villas, is the fact that it was inhabited until a few years ago.
In the first years of this century, in fact, the furniture that we can see today were still used, the kitchens were full of vapors and perfumes and what now appears as a jewel of history and art was a “living” house.
The last owner, the Countess Marcella Pagnani Amati Cellesi, lived for a period of time alone in the Villa.
Among her passions we can still remember the garden, for which she had special attention and care: whoever visited the villa when the Countess was there, surely remembers the numerous vases of seasonal flowers which, from the first spring months, adorned the garden . Books and magazines, but also numerous furnishing objects and tools, still remember the Italian-American origin of the Countess Marcella, a great lover of music too, as evidenced by the two pianos still preserved in the entrance hall of the Villa. Alongside the initiatives of the municipal administration, which regularly uses these spaces for its own events, making them available also to the whole community, for various events and initiatives, important projects promotion are being developed, for the enhancement of the whole the city of Quarrata.
Among the most important and significant, it is important to remember the contemporary art project “Genius loci – The spirit of the place”, which since 2005 has seen the growth of the Villa’s contemporary art heritage, with the work of Fabrizio Corneli, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Marco Bagnoli, Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Maurizio Nannucci, all made with the essential contribution of the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia and Pescia Foundation.
For the history retraced so far, Villa La Magia is one of the most representative elements of the territory of Quarrata and constitutes one of the most prestigious architectural emergencies of the whole Montalbano, for which it was requested the recognition of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Villa La Magia is also at the center of the “Abitare l’Arte” project, included in PIUSS and financed by the Tuscany Region, for economic development.
Some areas of the Villa will be used for the construction of a technological-artistic laboratory for developing prototypes and designs for quality home furnishing productions.