Perched on a hillside with views extending to Rome 50 kilometres away, the magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola was the original “Pentagon” and home to the powerful Farnese family in Renaissance times.
In the early 1900s the palazzo was home to American expat, Florence Baldwin, who lived there with her daughters and her Italian lover, Don Agostino Chigi.
Guests at this magnificent country home included Bernard Berenson and Gabriele D’Annunzio who used the palazzo and its magnificent gardens as the setting for his novel “The Virgins of the Rocks”.
Eldest daughter Gladys Deacon, one of the most talked about beauties of the 1920s and 30s, eventually married the 9th Duke of Marlborough and went to live in Blenheim Castle.
A special evening dedicated to “The Great Beauties of Caprarola” is planned for this Friday, April 25th, when Palazzo Farnese will be open after hours and Hugo Vickers, author of numerous biographies on English aristocracy, will show vintage photos of the Palazzo when eccentric, beautiful expats called it home.