The pavilion at Villa Boccanegra © Felice Piacenza
Fascinating article by Robin Lane Fox in the Financial Times this week - Italy's Villa Boccanegra and the ghost of Miss Willmott. Lots of stories about Ellen Willmott's extravagances – she filled it with plants and flowers but only spent a month a year there. We also hear about the saviour of the garden – Miss Willmott's third – Ursula Piacenza. On the Italian/French border just near Ventimiglia, it sounds as though Miss Willmott's ghost must be very happy.
East terrace with Agathis robusta © Felice Piacenza