This Villa has to be pre-booked and the administrators need to know the names of visitors and get clearance for them to visit because this old Villa is now part of NYU and is very security concious.
The unusual name comes from the milestone at the gate, which shows that it is exactly one mile from the centre of Florence.
The Villa was bought by Anglo-American couple Harold and Hortense Acton in the days when Villa's were going for a song around Florence and the family invested a lot into re-developing a full Italian garden with parterres, a sacred wood, it's own outdoor theatre and every space filled with a statue that was probably once for sale though Harold Acton's antique trade business. The link to Brideshead comes through their second son Arthur who is reputed - though he himself disputed it - to be the model for the infamous Anthony Blanche in Evelyn Waugh's famous novel.
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