The Villa Diodati is a mansion in the village of Cologny near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, notable because Lord Byron rented it and stayed there with John Polidori in the summer of 1816. Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who had rented a house nearby, were frequent visitors. Because of poor weather, in June 1816 the group famously spent three days together inside the house creating stories to tell each other, two of which were developed into landmark works of the Gothic horror genre: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Vampyre, the first modern vampire story, by Polidori.
Originally called the “Villa Belle Rive”, Byron named it the Villa Diodati after the family that owned it. The family was distantly related to Italian translator Giovanni Diodati, uncle of Charles Diodati, the close friend of poet John Milton. Despite the presence of a plaque at the Villa heralding a supposed visit of Milton in 1638, in fact the villa was not built until 1710, long after Milton's death.
Seraphima Nickolaevna Bogomolova | May 27, 2018
Villa Diodati is a historical place for two major reasons. It was a holiday rental place of Lord Byron and his mistress Claire Claimont in summer of 1816, the most cold and rainy one in the history of the region and it is also the place where partly out of boredom, partly out of writing competition between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Claire's half-sister, Mary Godwin, the manuscript of Frankenstein story emerged. Originally, intended to be a gothic story it turned out to be more of a science fiction one - the genre that Mary Godwin, the author of the manuscript, unwittingly invented by writing the story of the experiment went wrong! The novel was published in 1818 and was a phenomenal sussess.
jennifer liu | Nov 26, 2016
What a nice garden! The collection is so amazing, must see!
musab altenaiji | Nov 5, 2015
My new fav spot in Geneva, quite and peaceful away from the city noise, superb & fab view to the lake and the other side of the city, highly recommended 1 hour before the sunset in a sunny day.
Teresa Bonnet | Sep 3, 2015
la busco por la novela de William Ospina,magnifica llena de referencias a la villa y al encuentro que tuvo lugar allí,una novela cargada de referencias ,y que remite a otras obras que también buscaré.
John DeArmon | Apr 10, 2016
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