Even though Shakespeare's Mercutio said that "dreams are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy", everyone has dreamt of a "house of wonders": a villa, perhaps perched on soft green hills, in a bucolic and unspoilt countryside, or caressed by the breeze and scents of the Mediterranean maquis with a spectacular sea view.
Anywhere, in short, as long as there is an exciting landscape to frame a welcoming and refined home that does not neglect the pleasures of luxury, where one can feel pampered and sheltered, in harmony with nature and oneself; and even better if the work of architecture is signed by a famous designer, to whom the client confides his desires either because he is driven by the reassuring appreciation of the critics or because he knows perfectly well the profile and sensitivity and knows that only that architect can give form to the insubstantial matter of dreams.
These houses exist not only in dreams but, since the families who wanted them built are very careful to protect their intimacy from the prying eyes of those who sadly sigh 'I'd like to but I can't', they are often unheard of or little known. At least until those who have inhabited them decide to hand over a piece of their lives and architectural history to the real estate market. Thus, agencies compete for exclusivity in finding new owners for the villas designed by Carlo Scarpa, his pupil Giuseppe Davanzo in the gentle agricultural landscape on the outskirts of Treviso, and Quirino De Giorgio near Padua; to the villa that Gio Ponti designed for a patron in the Lodi countryside where guests of the calibre of Giorgio De Chirico and Umberto Boccioni used to gather; to the villas that Michele Busiri Vici designed in the paradisiacal scenery of the Costa Smeralda amidst the scents of myrtle and juniper and that Luigi Caccia Dominioni designed on the steep, verdant cliffs of Liguria.
Indelible works in the culture and territory that are waiting for a new life: it is a pity that reality is the prerogative of the few who can afford it, and the imagination of those who continue to dream from behind a fence.