The house behind Porta Pinciana in Rome used to be a pansion, frequented almost exclusively by tourists from Denmark, fascinated by the area on the slopes of Pincio with the wonderful Villa Borghese and Casina Valadier, Piazza Barberini and Bernini’s fountain.
The dome of the old basilica is visible from the terrace, where there’s everything necessary for outdoor dining; the wrought iron chairs are from a flea market.
The legend has it that the house used to belong to Isak Dinesen, a pen name used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, known for her memoir Out of Africa.
Thune-Gitte Andersen, the house owner and a painter, comes from an aristocratic family, her grandmother fell in love with an Italian and settled in Italy. The house interior is an eclectic mix of furniture from all five continents.
The studio is on the upper floor, filled with natural light. The vintage floral print curtains and a comfortable sofa upholstered with a floral fabric add an old fashioned and cozy feel as well as the elegant antique desk and chair of dark wood.