Jacques Garcia

A Sicilian Dream: Villa Elena


On the outskirts of the spectacular Baroque town of Noto, Sicily, Jacques Garcia has transformed an ancient monastery into an abode of earthly bliss


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Jacques Garcia


Celebrated interior designer Jacques Garcia invites readers for the first time inside his private residence in Sicily. The former monastery, rebuilt in Noto’s characteristic golden limestone, boasts spectacular salons that have been restored with a profusion of noble materials and techniques: colored marbles, flamboyant stucco work, majolica tiles, damask silks, and velvets. Time stops in the elegant music room decorated with embroidered silks and rococo-style mirrors that reflect the decor to infinity; the gilded dining room is hung with silk damask wall coverings, an eighteenth-century Murano chandelier, and furnished with Chantilly porcelain and antique Italian rococo chairs. The grand marble salon features baroque paintings and a stunning collection of sculpture and Sicilian furniture.

The exquisite villa–surrounded by shaded terraces planted with towering cacti, succulents, and colorful birds of paradise–attests to Garcia’s love of ancient civilizations, and his masterful blending of Arab, Norman, Renaissance, and Baroque influences that converge in Sicily’s colorful history. The domain, dotted with ancient sculptures and reflecting pools, is graced with splendid panoramic views revealing the sea near Syracuse, a distant folly, a restored villa nestled in an ancient olive grove, and the decaying grandeur of a classical temple reconstructed with ancient fragments.

Additional information

Weight 2730 g
Dimensions 27.7 x 36.3 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 15 November 2022
Number of pages 264
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Alain Stella, Photographs by Bruno Ehrs
Dimensions 27.7 x 36.3 cm
Weight 2730 g


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Alain Stella has written many books including Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion, Château du Champ de Bataille, Historic Houses of Paris, French Wine Châteaux: Distinctive Vintages and Their Estates.

Bruno Ehrs is an award-winning Swedish photographer whose work has been published in Château de Villette, Villa Balbiano, A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Chaumet: Parisian Jeweler since 1780.