Via Riboli 14, 16033 Lavagna (Genova, Liguria)
Casa Carbone tells the story of a middle class family from the Liguria region, loyal to the local architecture and arts and crafts.
The small house, built in the mid-18th century in the centre of Lavagna, is typical of the Riviera with its slate roof, fake ochre architectures on a red background painted on the façade, and inner garden with fruit trees.
The interior design, also typically Ligurian, includes a "Genoese" polychrome chip mosaic floor with geometric and floral patterns.
The layout is extremely functional: there is no hall, and upon entering you walk directly into the living room, leading off to all the other rooms.
The kitchen and the dining room are next to each other, without any sort of division, showing that this was a middle class family that wasn't too concerned about the "formal" side of life. The table in the dining room is laid as if Emanuele and Siria Carbone were just about to host a dinner for their guests.
In the late 20th century the Carbone siblings donated their house to the FAI (a sort of Italian National Trust), along with their collections of ceramics, paintings, silverware, books, scientific and astronomical instruments, still scattered around the small rooms.
If you plan to visit, please check on the House Museum's website.
In-depth information on this House Museum can be found in House museums in Italy. New cultural itineraries: poetry, history, art, architecture, music, arts & crafts, tastes and traditions, a guide-book by Rosanna Pavoni, which can be purchased on line.