Idyllically positioned between turquoise ocean and fynbos covered mountain, Casa Labia – the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia – is now an elegant cultural centre, home to a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africanova boutique as well as a celebrated Italian café.
Set in an immaculately landscaped garden, Casa Labia was built in 1929 as the Italian Legation and the family home of Italy’s diplomatic representative in South Africa. Count and Countess Labia deliberately designed their new home to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, on a plot in Muizenberg which, in the distant past, had been the site of an old battery set up to protect False Bay from hostile and marauding ships.
Following a complete two-year restoration by the Labia family, this much-loved national monument was recently re-opened to reveal exquisite interiors with beautiful hand-crafted furniture, chandeliers, mirrors, ceiling panels and wall fabrics all imported from Venice in the 1920s. The ground floor also plays host to Casa Labia’s extensive and priceless art collection featuring the work of several English and Italian masters as well as contemporary works by South African artists such as Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto and John Muafangejo.
Parking: Park at the train station (200m before Casa Labia if heading south). There is also some roadside parking, or the Battle of Muizenberg site 200m south of Casa Labia also has ample parking.
Also note that The Casa Labia is closed 24th, 25th & 26th December, and 1st January.
Venue: Casa Labia, 192 Main Rd, Marina Da Gama, Muizenberg
Time: Tuesday to Sunday @ 10am to 4pm
Tel: 021 788 6062 (Café) | 021 788 6068 (Cultural Centre)
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