Villa Castellani, today Villa Mercede

Piazza di Bellosguardo 6

Villa Castellani

Overlooking the square of Bellosguardo, this is both a real and a literary villa. The property of Louisa Greenough, Horatio's sister, it provided Henry James with the model for Gilbert Osmond's residence in Portrait of a Lady; James also based the characters of Adam and Maggie Verver, a father and daughter duo in his novel The Golden Bowl, on Elizabeth Boott Duveneck and her father Francis Boott, who lived in the Villa Castellani for many years.