“How is our très cher Couvent ?” Is the sort of question Emmanuelle Picon is used to hearing by now. As the inheritor of...
Giuseppe, could you introduce yourself, please?
I’m 54 years old, I’m married to Luisa and I have two children, Lucio and Martina. I have a degree in agronomics and I’m mad about food, music and sport. My father’s name is Lucio.
Could you describe a typical day at Villa Tasca?
I spend my time working and when I’ve got time I go paddle-boarding, if not, I can always find a bit of time to cook!
Where do you all like to get together in the villa?
I love cooking and so the kitchen is naturally the heart of the house for me. That’s where we like to spend the most time and where we enjoy good food and good wine.
How are you developing the other estates that you own in Sicily and on the island of Salina?
In our developments, our aim is to respect traditions and to include modern innovations. For us, it’s crucial to have a 360° vision in everything we undertake. That means not just with regard to nature but also in the creation of models that are socially eco-responsible and economically effective. To achieve this objective, we created SOS Tain.
For how long have you been welcoming paying guests to this fabulous place?
We open the ground floor and first floor of the villa, where we have four suites. We can host a total of eight people. We rent the villa by the week along with our major-domo and chef, and a guarantee of total privacy, even in the heart of Palermo.
Do you have any particularly strong memories of this place?
Yes, I’ve got a whole heap of memories of amazing parties and get-togethers with family and friends. But the best memories are of the times I’ve spent playing with my children in the gardens.
Is it true that the German composer Richard Wagner spent time here in the 19th century?
At the time, my family had a plan to create a garden that linked the visitor to music. That is, to create an experience, so that when people walk through the gardens, they feel the same sort of emotion that they would get from listening to a melody. It was probably that desire that drew Richard Wagner to the Villa Tasca.
Could you recommend a good restaurant in Palermo?
Photography: Constance Gennari -Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: @thesocialitefamily