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The objectives of the restoration project of the park of Villa Strhol – Fern are recovery, enhancement, restoration and maintainance of the vegetation; it also includes the historical and artistic artifacts inside the park of the villa as an integral part of the historical landscape, as desired by its first owner.

Attilio Torresini, ritratto di Harold Bezzi, nel suo studio n. 5 a Villa Strohl-Fern, Archivio Trombadori
Angela Colasanti moglie di Attilio Torresini, Archivio Trombadori

Alfred Wilhelm Strohl Fern, painter, sculptor, poet, writer, musician and patron arrived in Rome in 1879, bought the land with the aim of creating an International European cultural community, hosting numerous artists in the park’s pavilions.

Foto di gruppo presso il Casone - Archivio Trombadori
Alfredo Biagini nel giardino del suo studio di Villa Strohl-Fern, Archivio Trombadori
Villa Strohl-Fern, studio n. 24 - Riunione con amici sul prato degli studi (F. Trombadori seconda pers. sulla sinistra con la suocera Cesarina, il cognato Carlo, la moglie Margherita, Ermenegildo e Lucia Galloni), anni 30, Archivio Trombadori.
Foto di gruppo nella pineta di Villa Strohl-Fern, primi anni ’20. In basso sedute da destra: Margherita Montanari, Wanda Biagini, Corinna Modigliani (?) e Marianna Bezzi (?); gli uomini in alto da destra: Alfredo Biagini e il terzo Ercole Drei. (Ercole Drei, dalla Secessione al Classicismo del Novecento, Catalogo mostra a cura di Francesca Antonacci e Giovanna Caterina De Feo, 2005)

The historical analysis carried out in the preliminary phase gives us a picture of the stratifications of eras and events that have made this park a place of great charm. The villa and its park have witnessed over a century of lively artistic climates of the time understood in the widest sense.

Umberto Moggioli, Pini di sera a Villa Strohl-Fern, 1917
Umberto Moggioli, Pini di sera a Villa Strohl-Fern, 1917
Deiva De Angelis, Villa SF in autunno, 1918 ca. – Particolare del cancello di ingresso di accesso per gli artisti
Francesco Trombadori, Il Viale di Villa Strohl-Fern, 1919 ca.
Amedeo Bocchi, 1969 - Viale a Villa Strohl-Fern, 1969Amedeo Bocchi, 1969 - Viale a Villa Strohl-Fern, 1969

In fact, the villa has welcomed writers, painters, sculptors, scenographers over a period of one hundred years and in a silent and little-known way has contributed to the cultural growth of several generations of artists. The park and the buildings are protected by the Italian law (Cultural Heritage and Landscape Code).

Pianta della Villa Strohl-Fern 1918–19

The park was divided into three distinct areas: the Strhol Fern private garden, the artists’ studios park and the Strhol Fern private park.

Strohl Fern’s home and studio were located in the private garden area, along with those of his dearest artists. Being the private part of the park, the area was divided into several small areas where it was possible to find his favorite crops, groves and meadows, ponds and caves.

Lo studio del pittore Francesco Trombadori, sede dell’Archivio Trombadori e dell’Associazione Amici di Villa Strhol-Fern

Laurent Kalfala, Mi basta chiudere un attimo gli occhi, I just need to close my eyes for a second.
The daughter of Italian painter Francesco Trombadori recalls her childhood at Villa Strohl-Fern in the 1930s when the garden was an artists’ colony.

Meanwhile, in the artists’ studios park, where all the other guest artists resided, they could dedicate themselves to their artworks in nature.

Finally, the private park of Strohl Fern, in the northern area, was not accessible to guests and hidden from sight by ivy espalier.
It is known that there was a wide lake with a bridge, now filled.
The atmosphere was shady and voluntarily kept “wild” with brambles and lianas clinging to the trees.

An in depth historical research carried out in several archives and by interviewing direct witnesses, combined with the historical reading of the “references” of the landscape, namely the points of high relevance for the orientation of the observer (Kevin Lynch, “The image of the city”) has laid the foundations for a solid restoration project that is able to read and enhance existing tracks and recompose the original settings and atmospheres where possible.

Some of these testimonies are still legible today while many others have been lost. Others again have been documented by historical sources, partially recoverable as memories, and are the imprint that guides the restoration project.

Given the extension of the villa, its enormous arboreal and shrub patrimony and the quality of finds contained in it, the aim is to draw up a project that is able to achieve the recomposition of the unity of the park over the years taking into account both the protection constraints and the functional needs of the school which welcomes more than 1000 children every day.


Landscape Architect


Restoration of the historical park of Villa Strhol Fern in Rome



2019 – 2020


80.000 smq


Lycée Chateubrinad de Rome (AEFE – Ageance pour la enseignement francais à l’étranger)


Preliminary studies, historical and landscape research, design project


Arch. e paes. Egizia Gasparini, Arch. Valentina Dallaturca, Agr. Ettore Zauli
Arch. Cinzia Castellaro, Paes. Chiara Maffezzoni, Mattia Leonardi

Botanical and agronomic consultancy Agr. Pierfrancesco Malandrino


SCA Studio Costa Architecture


Design project on going