That which makes a “villa” has evolved over the years. Originally used to describe a high-end home fully furnished with amenities and luxury, several modern day structures are loosely called as villas nowadays, from humble abodes to huge vacation houses.
The villa was originally an upper class Roman house, often built as country retreat homes especially whenever the summer heat became unbearable. The villa is composed of the main central building surrounded by smaller structures like storehouses, stables and recreational areas. They were meant to be self sufficient, equipped with back then luxurious amenities like water supply and central heating and were surrounded by beautiful gardens and ornaments. And even back then, there were different kinds of Roman villas, mainly:
Today, there are very few Roman villas standing today, and even fewer are those that stand relatively intact. Instead, what is more common today is the influence of villa living in European style and culture. Different nationalities have adopted the villa concept and added their own flairs to it.
Nowadays, villas usually refer to vacation houses either owned or for rent though sometimes the term’s meaning depends on where you’re using it.Here are some of the popular villa styles that are still in use today:
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