Dom­i­nat­ing the gar­den is a spec­tac­u­lar old elm tree, which the fam­ily of­ten dines be­neath dur­ing the sum­mer. For the Caval­lis, the gar­den is a con­nec­tion with the earth

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landown­ers, who used it as their coun­try re­treat. The main house mea­sures about 16,000 square feet, not in­clud­ing Cavalli’s 3,800-square-foot pri­vate apart­ment, which oc­cu­pies the south wing of the orig­i­nal build­ing.

It took four years to ren­o­vate, with Cavalli draw­ing on her and her hus­band’s degrees in ar­chi­tec­ture in­stead of em­ploy­ing out­siders. Keep­ing it in the fam­ily, her fur­ni­ture de­signer fa­ther, Luigi, pro­duced some be­spoke pieces for the house, and her mother, Anne-marie, over­saw the site while Cavalli and her young fam­ily lived in Turin.

Many his­toric el­e­ments were re­stored, such as the an­cient stones in the wall and the orig­i­nal wood on the ceil­ing, es­pe­cially in the liv­ing room, which Cavalli says has a “spe­cial light that sur­rounds it.”

Her favourite room is the kitchen, which she says is at the heart of the home. “We love not only cook­ing there, but also read­ing, chat­ting and work­ing, if nec­es­sary.”

Ex­pan­sive French doors in the kitchen lead out to the fam­ily’s pri­vate gar­den of ap­prox­i­mately 4,300 square feet, which in turn leads to a com­mu­nal park of about one hectare. “I love tend­ing my plants, from English roses and jas­mine to Ital­ian rose­mary. We also have a small veg­etable plot nearby in the gar­den,” says Cavalli.

Dom­i­nat­ing the gar­den is a spec­tac­u­lar old elm tree, which the fam­ily of­ten dines be­neath dur­ing the sum­mer. For the Caval­lis, the gar­den is a con­nec­tion with the earth, which they con­sider to be es­sen­tial for their chil­dren’s in­tel­lec­tual growth and emo­tional well-be­ing. “Con­tact with na­ture is very strong in this place at the foot of the Apen­nines. Early in the morn­ing or com­ing home from work in the evening, you can some­times en­counter deer, wild boar, pheas­ant, or por­cu­pine along the sides of the road.”

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