The villa, which dates from the 18th century, was donated to the Italian association for the blind (UIC) and serves as a boarding house for visually impaired senior citizens. The villa has become an assisted living centre where the visually impaired are able to live as independently as possible courtesy of alterations made to the interiors in order to organize spaces and create functional aids. The centre is organized to accommodate rooms both for the guests – with beds for about 50 people – and for caregivers. It has kitchens, a bar, laundries and a surgery. A monitoring and acoustic alarm system allows emergency attention to be called to any area of the building. Allowing the guests to get around easily was a primary concern and thus paths were installed outside the building, where bush-hammered and flame-treated stone was used to create surfaces that would be recognizable underfoot to act as a tactile path markers. Paths both indoors and out have continuous handrails and links between the various levels to aid walkers.