Villa Honesto Otio is an exceptional 17th century estate situated on the French-Italian border of the Riviera at a 30 minute drive from Monaco or 45 minute drive from Nice.The History Initially a fort serving to protect the shores of the Genovese Republic from pirate invasions, Villa Honesto Otio was sold to the De Galleani family, who transformed it into their summer residence in 1671. More than a century later, the De Galleani were in turn forced to sell due to economic hardship and in 1850 the villa was acquired by Luigi T. Biancheri. It has since remained in the Biancheri family through three generations.
The EstateThe villa is situated directly on the coast and benefits from breathtaking sea views and access to the water from two private beaches. The structure itself is adorned with restored original acrylic frescos and boasts a monumental staircase entrance as well as an open sea terrace. The surrounding property area comprises one hectare of lush gardens including an olive grove, a citrus orchard, a suspended vineyard, a desert cactus garden and multiple palm groves.
Villa Honesto Otio is comprised of several event spaces that can be booked for a private or semi-private event, from intimate speakeasy-style cocktail parties to large-scale weddings with seated dinners, or a combination of both.
⦁ The Rondeau-The villa’s monumental sea terrace opening directly onto the Mediterranean ideal for hosting seated dinners or outdoors parties.
⦁ The Main Garden-A lush tropical landscape opening onto the villa’s main staircase and benefitting from various spaces on multiple levels. An onsite consecrated chapel is also located in this area.
⦁ The Indoors-The interior of the house comprising two floors each with a main salon, one with an antique harpsichord and another with an original snooker table, as well as adjacent rooms such as a library and a dining hall, all ideal for inside cocktails or as complementary spaces to the Rondeau.
⦁ Full Buyout of Honesto OtioHonesto Otio’s various spaces can be entirely privatized for large-scale events.
Venue Specifications and Capacity
Honesto Otio’s sprawling grounds offer versatile spaces that can easily be adapted to suit virtually any event – from conferences to intimate dinners, parties and receptions, fashion shows, filming and exhibitions.
⦁ The Rondeau: 250 sq. m. of space with seating capacity of 150 guests and standing capacity up to 300 guests
⦁ The Garden: The Main Garden: 500 sq. m. of landscaped gardens including a 100 meter flower-lined pergola leading to a marble water fountain and graveled walkways with standing capacity of up to 400 guests.
⦁ The Chapel: Small on-premise consecrated chapel allowing up to 10 guests on the inside.
⦁ The Ceremonial Area: 100 sq. m. of lawned terraced space overlooking the adjacent main garden and the sea with seating capacity of up to 100 people.
⦁ The Citrus Orchard: 100 sq. m. of lawned space surrounded by lemon trees and suspended vineyards with seating capacity of up to 100 people.
⦁ Indoor Space: The indoor villa space comprises two floors that can accommodate up to 50 guests each.
⦁ Parking: Honesto Otio offers on-premises parking for up to 35 cars in its vast olive garden.