Italian Orientalism: Oriental villas and castles from North to South Italy

Alessandro Vanoli, in his booklet Andare per l’Italia Araba (“Going around Arab Italy”) notes, with regards to 19th-century Orientalism that: Italy was neither Great Britain nor France: the Orientalist wind blew only lightly in Italy. While in 19th-century Europe “Turkish”, “Moorsih”, or “Moghul” buildings and pavilions were blooming everywhere, in Italy this was a rare,…