Set on the borders of the idyllic landscape of the Eugenean hills south west of Padua, this magnificent villa dating back to the 1500's was once the hunting lodge of an aristocratic family. It was fully restored in 2008, the completely revisited interior decoration is the work of Paris based interior designer.
The villa, accomplished in 1568, was designed and decorated by the architect and painter Dario Varotari, a pupil of Veronese. Originally planned as a hunting lodge it was also used as a theatre because of its scenic qualities. Lately it starred as Portia´s house in the 2004 movie version of Shakespeares the "Merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Today the villa belongs to a direct descendant of the same family, who meticulously restored this gem of Italian Renaissance architecure.
Stone lions guard the tall villa gates, the drive winds up through the vineyards of a renowned wine estate. The estate comprises the large La Veneziana Villa, furthermore a smaller medieval citadel with the cellars and the administrative centre of the vineyard.
The villa is truly unique because of its perfectly square shape with 2 storeys of loggias on all fours sides of the building. 4 rooms on the ground floor and identical 4 rooms on the first floor open up onto the loggias. Each room is decorated with exquisit frescoes. There is for instance the so-called "room of the villas" which depicts all the villas owned by the family.
Adjacent to the villa is an 18 hole golf course and a top restaurant, dependance to the Michelin 3 star Le Calandre run by the same family. You will also find a olympic sized pool at the Golf Club. Furthermore La Veneziana has a private pool (see photo gallery).
Additional amenities include: to use them the tube of the machine has to be let out of an ajar window, cables are at the villa), hair dryers in all bathrooms, food processor, 1 large fridge with freezer freezer and one smaller fridge, internet access (fast internet connection in 3 rooms - no wifi - to be connected to your computer through an ethernet cable, heating: the villa is open from the 1st of may to the 10th of october, large oven, iron and ironing board, in case of cool weather the bathrooms and the kitchen are heated with central heating and the bedrooms with mobile electric heating, breakfast service is included (ingredients will be charged extra), ice machine, air conditioning: the two ground floor bedrooms have high quality mobile air conditioning machines, gas hob, safe parking within the estate, electric water kettle, the smaller bedrooms have high quality mobile a/c, 1 large toaster, the upper floor bedrooms have built in a/c, loggias, machine for american coffee....Read more
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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