from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The period spent at a country-seat; retirement in the country.


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  • And for the effeminate villeggiatura

    Rife with more horns than hounds—she hath the chase,

    So animated that it might allure a

    Saint from his beads to join the jocund race;

    Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura,

    And wear the Melton jacket for a space:—

    If she hath no wild boars, she hath a tame

    Preserve of Bores, who ought to be made game.

    — Byron, Don Juan Canto 13

    "She" is England. Byron is describing the fall hunting season in the English countryside.

    April 25, 2013

  • The commissars in nomenklatura

    Sold favors to help them secure a

    Far Tuscany farm,

    There, safe from all harm,

    To enjoy a long villeggiatura.

    October 23, 2015