La Dolce Villa: Inside Roberto Cavalli's Opulent Florence Estate
Living in the same home in Florence for 35 years, Roberto and Eva Cavalli have amassed a museum's worth of fine art, from Renaissance showpieces to contemporary paintings. But their greatest treasure is their ever-expanding family. And that includes a menagerie of birds, dogs, and tropical fish.
In our March issue, Eric Wilson visited the legendary designer at his incredible home. Read on for a tour inside the opulent Italian estate.
Roberto and Eva Cavalli gather in the garden, surrounded by their grandchildren. “Saturdays, for me, belong to them,” says Roberto. “I adore playing with them.”
Guests enter the Cavalli home through a central courtyard and arched wooden doors.
The Swimming Pool
An indoor swimming pool heated to the temperature of a whirlpool bath, sits adjacent to a large stone steam room. Eva placed the framed mirror against a wall last summer because she and some girlfriends decided to hold dance classes there.
The courtyard offers a breathtaking vista of the Florentine hills, dotted with cypress trees.
The Formal Sitting Room
The home’s most formal sitting room features pink-veined-marble floors and an imposing fireplace with a working brick oven bookended by antique marble unicorns on pedestals.
“I change this room all the time,” says Eva Cavalli, shown in the glassed-in veranda with Roberto and their grandchildren, along with their dog Lupo and Tommy the parrot. “I’ve put a table here for now where we can eat breakfast.”
In the sun-drenched kitchen, a table designed by the sculptor Mario Ceroli anchors the space.
The Kitchen Counters
One of the countertops holds a varied grouping of orbs, Eva’s favorite collectible: “Their shape represents infinity, and they’re quite magical.”
Roberto’s work studio, in a separate building, is piled high with art books, photos he’s snapped around the world, and mementos from his travels.
The Living Room
In another sitting room, fabrics from past Cavalli fashion collections cover the furniture and pillows.
The Guest Bedroom
The timber beams in a guest bedroom also appear throughout this former farmhouse. The bed, originally a prop for a runway show, was meant to evoke the flamboyant Luisa Casati.
Roberto's Helicopter and Ferrari
Roberto stands between two of his favorite toys: a fully refurbished 1970 Ferrari Daytona and a helicopter that he pilots himself.