The ancient and the contemporary sit harmoniously in this amazing 17th century home in the Italian city of Mantova. Wall frescoes are lovingly preserved in the minimalist rooms, heavy ceiling beams retained as well as the old oak floors, stripped and lightened. All are balanced by smooth plastered walls, translucent blinds against windows, a modern white staircase rising to the next floor and skylights splicing into dark bathrooms. By Studio Davide Cerini.
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