We enjoyed Italian city life for several years, living in Turin, Milan, Lodi and finally, in Asti. But, when by chance, we saw a photo of a faded pink house in a walled garden, we decided to have a closer look. We loaded our little daughter and our big dog into the car and drove toward a tiny dot on the Piemonte map labeled “Villa San Secondo” to see Casa Valentino.
The house belonged to Signore Valentino, the calzalaio. He crafted his elegant shoes in a tiny botega within the courtyard and was the last of a family to live in ‘Villa’ since before its revolution, in 1304.
Subsequently, Valentino’s house became ours. We lived there for 16 years. Over time, we became ‘villagers’, raised our family, and gently modernized the house to be a comfortable home.
Even so, our older neighbors still refer to it as “Casa Valentino.”
About Casa Valentino
The house is a solid and typical 18th century merchant’s home, set above the village on a panoramic Promenade called “La Riva”. It has thick brick walls, terracotta roof tiles and 19thC. enclaustic floors. We furnished it with sturdy, local antiques and warm colors so it feels comfortable.
There are two floors, joined by a straight staircase. Around 160sq. meters/1722 square ft. of floor space.
Furthermore, you can find these amenities:
The ground floor contains a large kitchen with cooking and dining areas, living room with fireplace, small studio and a bathroom with walk-in shower.
The upstairs houses two double bedrooms, facing the garden plus one single bedroom/office. Each contains a large armadio closet with quality linens (bed and bath) and comfortable bedding. Finally, you will find a panoramic balcony.
There is also a large, full bath with cast iron tub/shower and a clothes washer.
On the entrance floor level we have a gated courtyard, ‘botega’, barn and garden.
The rear courtyard has cellar, wine ‘crutin’, stalls, and garage.
The kitchen has refrigerator/freezer, gas burners, electric oven, microwave, coffee makers, toaster, cutlery, dishware, glassware, pots and pans.
English language TV, via Astra FTA satellite.
Wireless internet connection.
Child’s highchair/cot and bicycles available.
Garden chairs and table.
Library of guides and local information in English.