"Under silvery moonlight, the Doric temple in Carlo Marchiori'¬?s garden looks as if it were hewn from Carrara marble. Fluted columns pose heroically on a romantically crumbling foundation. Soaring above are elaborate friezes and fragments of traditional entablature. There'¬?s even a broken pediment. All that'¬?s missing is the oracle. Mr. Marchiori . . . offers up an instant classical education in his villa and garden. His five-acre domain, which he calls Ca'¬?Toga, sits on the banks of the Napa River in the rocky northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Passers-by can glimpse the richly colored villa across a vineyard." -New York Times
About the Author
CARLO MARCHIORI studied at the Instituto Pietro Selvatico in Padua, Italy, and worked in commercial art, film animation, and editorial illustration before mastering the large-scale trompe #&146;oeil murals for which he is internationally renowned. Fifteen years ago, Marchiori began constructing Ca#&146Toga, his Palladian-style combined villa and two-story workshop in Calistoga, California.