Dolce Far Niente




I am obsessed with home right now for I am in search of one. A quiet place, a private place where I can retreat from everything. There is a beautiful expression in Italian ‘Dolce Far Niente.’ The sweetness of doing nothing. For me, these spaces are exactly that, places that require little more than just being in them — doing nothing.



There should be at least one room, or some corner,
where no one will find you and disturb you or notice you. You should
be able to untether yourself from the world and set yourself free,
loosing all the fine strings and strands of unison that bind you,
by sound, by thought, to the presence of other men.



Images: Electic Revisited
Homes & Gardens
Chateau de Moissac
Passage: Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation




~ by eaesthete on 03/27/12.

6 Responses to “Dolce Far Niente”

  1. I’m not much of a linguist, but I believe Dolce far niente is Italian, not French.

  2. i really like your “blog” (it is a blog? I have the dout), I enjoy the beauty of the images you’ve posted… but just one thing, “Dolce Far Niente” is not french, is italian!!
    that’s all, otherwise the sharing is really nice!!

  3. Mi dispiace! (Italian) Je suis désolé! (French)

    Thank you both for your blessedly alert eyes and good manners in pointing out the error of my multilingual illiteracy. Of course I knew that. How could I not after many years and countless bottles of the most delectable of wines from the estates of Far Niente in California. The photos are mostly French, the wine sentiments are pure Italian.

  4. Another beautiful post, but that’s Italian, bien sur? (Feel free to NOT publish this comment…)

  5. I would be thrilled if you had any one of these marvelous rooms. Or if I did!

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