Cristiana also gave Cabana an insight into her playful character, disclosing her creative disagreements with decorators, in particular Mongiardino. With a glint in her eye, she told Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, writing in Cabana Issue 18, that Mongiardino's fierce temper meant she "moved things around behind his back" when they disagreed, adding: "So it became Mongiardino meets Cristiana Brandolini!"
But perhaps her greatest legacy is her close-knit, remarkably talented family. Surrounded by her sons, their spouses and a multitude of undeniably charming grand and great grandchildren, it is abundantly clear that this is a woman who lives in the present and, ultimately, for the future. Despite a lineage redolent in aristocratic and noble origins, her apparent lack of interest in the exalted titles and patronage of her forebears is characteristic of how she has chosen to live her life - without judgement, open and authentic in her passions and firmly rooted in her desire to look to, and embrace, the next generation.
In many senses somewhat inconsonant with her illustrious ancestry, Cristiana has, in her own inimitable style, chosen the path less travelled to the benefit of all who surround her.
For a full tour of Cristiana Brandolini's exceptional home in Vistorta, order your copy of Cabana Issue 18.