The History of the Villa

The History of the Villa


Villas are all over the world from basic accommodation to ultimate luxury. But they werent always built for tourism purposes.

Originally designed and built in roman times, they were structured and made for the roman elite and upper class as getaway country homes. They were positioned not too far from cities like Rome, to allow for short travel and only a couple of nights stay at a time. Over the course of the expansion of the roman empire, they were in fact seen to be multiplying into different corners of Europe. Villas in Provence became a very popular area for the Romans to settle because of the richness of the land. The Romans learned of the source of grape and olive farming. Crushing and fermenting their grapes into wine, and pressing their olives into oil.

Soon enough, villas became small farming compounds, and at the fall of the roman Empire, this plantation structure became even more widely adopted throughout Europe and eventually spanning the 15th and 16th century, the Americas.

The idea of a villa has evolved considerably over the years, and they have now become a wide range of accommodation and purposely built farming buildings. They can differ widely from a semi detached suburban unit to a wild land urban interface.

Over time, it has become more likely to find a villa following a bungalow like structure with not just the communal but the private bedrooms being included on the ground floor. This is because of the nature of heat rising, it makes more sense to keep sleeping areas as cool and as well ventilated as the rest.

This is also because today, villas are treated more as rental properties than traditional family homes. They have become invaded with holidaymakers traits, and have formed into a competitive business of offering high quality detached holiday homes in warm destinations.