used since the Roman period to designate country houses, generally of some pretension, and often including their outbuildings and gardens

A villa was originally a style of house built for the upper classes in ancient Rome. This style of architecture has been kept and adapted upon. The villas in Italy have gradually evolved into luxurious houses. Today, the word villa can refer to many types and sizes of houses around the world.

The Medici villa in Fiesole.
Example of a modern architecture villa in Sicily.

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