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A bit of Italy in Cape Town…

I’m not sure how or where I first heard about Casa Labia but as soon I did, after ogling pictures online, I knew I had to see it for myself. Casa Labia, now a multifunctional cultural centre is incredibly beautiful but you need to have a bit more history to understand why.

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Once the residence of South Africa’s first Italian Ambassador & his family, Casa Labia, in Muizenberg was built in 1929 & recently restored to reflect the exquisite grandeur of 18th century Venice. These days this opulent national monument is home to a renowned café, a contemporary South African art gallery, a boutique and a museum, all of which have been open to the public since 2010. We stopped in for drinks on a sweltering afternoon & I wondered around the reception rooms and garden until they were closing & had to practically throw us out!

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View from the balcony over Muizenberg beach…

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I have no words! – imagine having this as your home!

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Casa Labia has been beautifully restored – the attention to detail is just amazing.

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One of the reception rooms, now an events venue – I love the architecture.

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No, this isn’t the path to the Secret Garden but rather to Casa Labia’s olive plantation…

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The art gallery exclusively keeps local South African pieces

With looks like these it’s hardly surprising that Casa Labia finds itself hosting weddings & shoots. But what left me with that recurring “I wish I lived in Cape Town feeling” was finding out that they a offer seasonal programme of events to the public including art classes, kiddies workshops, music recitals, & poetry readings throughout the year.

They also do complimentary tours by prior arrangement so do let them know if you plan to stop by. I definitely want to bring my mom next time for tea!

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Casa Labia

192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

www.casalabia.co.za

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