Ramona's Restoration Project: From Lazaretto to B&B

The Old Lazaretto Ready to be Plastered (18th January 2008)The Old Lazaretto Ready to be Plastered (18th January 2008) In Livorno at the moment there are lots of building sites, but there is one in particular which deserves special attention: a project involving the renovation of an unusual old building that is now reaching its final phases. It is found in a tranquil spot away from the busy town centre, near Villa Corridi, in an enviable position overlooking the whole of the city and the sea beyond.

Ramona Baglini, her brother Curzio, and their family have taken on the reconstruction of an old 19th-century Livornese building, once one of the city’s lazzaretti  - a kind of quarantine station where people with contagious diseases like leprosy and the plague were kept in isolation.

Ramona's house, nearly ready to be painted on 8th Feb 2008Ramona's house, nearly ready to be painted on 8th Feb 2008 It reminds me of one of those BBC programmes about people attempting to build their dream-homes in beautiful  foreign places, struggling with the local language and bureaucracy;  the difference is that Ramona and her family are on home ground so they have no language problems. However, they have still had to go through a very long process of red tape and paperwork in order to obtain permission from the Comune di Livorno (the local council) to get their project off the ground.

The old lazaretto was actually in ruins and has had to be rebuilt from scratch. Livorno’s town council has imposed some very strict guidelines on the work in order to make sure that the resulting structure is exactly the same as the original one.

The Baglini family actually began work in the middle of last year on a project which involves restoring the building to its former state and converting it into holiday accommodation offering Bed and Breakfast.

The accommodation will offer six double bedrooms with private bathrooms, each one with its own patch of private garden. There will also be a swimming pool. The rural surroundings also offer walking and riding opportunities, while the sea is only a few minutes’ drive away, so it is in an ideal location.

Ramona and Curzio, who will be running the B&B,  have a background in tourism and catering respectively: Ramona is a licensed tour guide for Florence and its province, while Curzio has worked in top-class hotels for several years. Together they hope to make a success of this new venture at a time when B&B establishments seem to be becoming more and more popular in Livorno and the surrounding area.

The deadline for finishing the project is the end of June 2008 by which time they would like to be open for business.
I’m going to be following the finishing stages closely over the next few months, so watch for more progress reports and photos.

Submitted by vincent on Sat, 07/06/2008 - 12:20

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The Old Lazaretto Ready to be Plastered (18th January 2008)The Old Lazaretto Ready to be Plastered (18th January 2008) In Livorno at the moment there are lots of building sites, but there is one in particular which deserves special attention: a project involving the renovation of an unusual old building that is now reaching its final phases. It is found in a tranquil spot away from the busy town centre, near Villa Corridi, in an enviable position overlooking the whole of the city and the sea beyond.

Ramona Baglini, her brother Curzio, and their family have taken on the reconstruction of an old 19th-century Livornese building, once one of the city’s lazzaretti  - a kind of quarantine station where people with contagious diseases like leprosy and the plague were kept in isolation.

Ramona's house, nearly ready to be painted on 8th Feb 2008Ramona's house, nearly ready to be painted on 8th Feb 2008 It reminds me of one of those BBC programmes about people attempting to build their dream-homes in beautiful  foreign places, struggling with the local language and bureaucracy;  the difference is that Ramona and her family are on home ground so they have no language problems. However, they have still had to go through a very long process of red tape and paperwork in order to obtain permission from the Comune di Livorno (the local council) to get their project off the ground.

The old lazaretto was actually in ruins and has had to be rebuilt from scratch. Livorno’s town council has imposed some very strict guidelines on the work in order to make sure that the resulting structure is exactly the same as the original one.

The Baglini family actually began work in the middle of last year on a project which involves restoring the building to its former state and converting it into holiday accommodation offering Bed and Breakfast.

The accommodation will offer six double bedrooms with private bathrooms, each one with its own patch of private garden. There will also be a swimming pool. The rural surroundings also offer walking and riding opportunities, while the sea is only a few minutes’ drive away, so it is in an ideal location.

Ramona and Curzio, who will be running the B&B,  have a background in tourism and catering respectively: Ramona is a licensed tour guide for Florence and its province, while Curzio has worked in top-class hotels for several years. Together they hope to make a success of this new venture at a time when B&B establishments seem to be becoming more and more popular in Livorno and the surrounding area.

The deadline for finishing the project is the end of June 2008 by which time they would like to be open for business.
I’m going to be following the finishing stages closely over the next few months, so watch for more progress reports and photos.

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