Villafranca di Verona
In the Middle Ages Villafranca recieved the privilege of a tax free town (villa franca) from which derived the name of the town. Villafranca di Verona has important place in the national history of Italy, it is remembered for the Treaty of Villafranca which concluded the Second Italian Independence War. It has large military castle, built in 1199 by Scaligeri and also, it is the airport of Verona.
Marostica excisted before Roman times, the presence of the Paleoveneti in the area is attested by the necropoli Angarano in nearby Bassano. This small town in the Province of Vicenza has long and rich history and is a must see. Marostica has important strategic position and therefore it was military post eversince the Roman times onwards.
The best time to visit Marostica is the second Sunday of September to watch a chess match that is played here once every two years and which remains one of the most picturesque and evocative open-air spectacles in the Veneto and Italy.
There are number of villas in Veneto Region commissioned by the patrician Pisani family of Venice and all of them share the same name, however, for most Italians name of Villa Pisani refers to a large late Baroque villa at Stra near Padova.
The villa was comissioned in the early 18th century by Alvise Pisani who was appointed doge in 1735. The initial design was made by Paduan architect Girolamo Frigimelica and it still excist, but th design of main building was ulimately completed by Francesco Maria Preti. Unlike the other Brenta villas, designed as to be a pleasure houses, Villa Pisani was primarily built as a demonstration of the power achived by the family.
Villa Pisani is large complex with two inner courts and acres of gardens, stables and maze. The interiors, which has nearly 100 rooms, is decorated with massive frescoed ceillings depicting the glory of Pisani family and is work of Giovanni Tiepolo. Deserted by its eponymous family the villa has had a share of notable and infamous visitors: Napoleon I who acquired villa in 1807, in 1814 the villa fell into the hands of the Emperor of Austria and in 1866 in those of the Savoy family and was finally ceded to the public domain in 1882 becoming a national monument.
Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari
Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari, previously Seriman, is one of the rare villas open for the public visitors. An elegant small country house of Lombard rococo was rebuilt on the same site in the early 18th century by the Serimans. The estate includes extensive gardens adorned with statues and large chapel. There are aslo nice service buildings using as a small museum worth of visiting.....
Villa Contarini Pisani, Villa Foscarini Rossi, ...
- Villa Contarini Pisani, also called Dei Leoni, dates from 1558 and the stone on its facade commemorates the sojourn here by Henry III of France. The frescoes by Tiepolo has been removed in 1893 and now to be found in the Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris.
- Villa Foscarini Rossi is located at Stra, first village on the road after departing Padova. It was built in the 18th century and lost its external stairways in the 19th century. The interior is decorated with paintings in the school of Jappelli. The lodge is beautiful once used for guests and boasts a large salon with allegorical scenes. Today villa houses the Shoemakers' Museum.
- Villa Franceschi is elegant 16th century building showing central Serlian window decorated with rusticated pilasters and surmounted by a tympanum. It has service buildings in the park and all complex is turned into the elegant hotel.
Villa Mocenigo, Gradenigo, Moscheni Volpi, Badoer
- Villa Saccaro-Andreuzzi-Bon is imposing 17th century palace which dominate the old town centre of Dolo. It has strong classical lines in its front facade adorned by Ionic pilasters.
- Villa Moscheni Volpi at the location of Mira is relativelly small palace but complete in all its parts. Its facades need to be restaurated.
- Villa Mocenigo is imposing early 18th century palace, it is long and has an elegant tympanum surmounted by large vases.
- Villa Badoer Fattoreto is late 18th century construction, probably erected on a site of the 16th century Badoer Tower.
- Villa Gradenigo is 16th century palace of typical cubic form which still displays the original plaster with traces of frescoes on the facade. The only decoration on its front facade is an elegant three-light window.
Brenta Canal is fitted with a system of locks and swing bridges to make it easy to navigate. The gates at Dolo are installed on a small picturesque island complex that includes old water mills and the boatyards. Those who have already visited Venice could learn that "squero" is a word for boatyards and are part of Venice tourist attraction, especially boatyard at San Trovaso. Antico squero at Dolo is well preserved and probably recently restaured but what missing is an indication about it for those who are single visitors of Brenta Canal.
Cittadella is very attractive small town in the vicinity of Padova. It was built in the medieval times as an military outpost in a defense system of Padova. The whole historic centre is fortified with a very well preserved city walls. The fortress was built in polugonal shape with a diameter of around 500 meters. The walls are 16 meters tall and built with the so-called box masonry. Cittadella is one of the best preserved medieval fortress in whole of Europe.
Vittorio Veneto isn't place you will meet along the highway or seeing it from the road in a distance, it is place which has to be planned in your itinerary. Though, it is not very far from A27 but you can reach it only by the local road.
This small but attractive town has importance in the memory of Italians, some very decisive battles against the Austrians took place around here. It has nice historic centre worth of visiting and could be very interesting day trip if around here.
Castello di Soave is also called Rocca Scaligera, it used to be very important eastern stronghold of Verona during rule of della Scala family. It is typical military artifact of the Medieval age, and still today maintained its original medieval structure. Its present form dates from 1369 during rule of Cansignorio della Scala.
The historic centre of Soave is surrounded by the fencing walls extending from the castle on the hill. The castle walls are topped by both Ghibelline and Guelf battlements and it is, as far as I know, the unique excisting example. Rocca Scaligera is dotted with 24 massive towers each of which had a passage in order to reach an overhang from where the guardia could control and defend the town from enemies.
There are only three gates to the town, Porta Verona on the south, Porta Vicentina on the east and Porta Bassano (used to be called Aquila) on the north.
Those who have the spirit of the nomad and love exploring the countrysides will surely come upon Portobuffole. I love to see what is around the corner or at the end of a road, even if sometimes it was just a waste of time. But most of the time my innate curiosity to research has been paid back by small jewels as Portobuffole is.
Portobuffole is small medieval village in the province of Treviso, nearby Oderzo. The only problem is, one must come to it because Portobuffole is off the beaten path for real. In my opinion Portobuffole is one of the most charming small places in whole of Veneto.
Riviera del Brenta
The river Brenta begins in the lakes of Caldonazzo and Levico, near Trento, passes through Valsugana and enters the Veneto plain at Bassano del Grappa. In its history the river continually changing course of its floods and changes in its bed.
The Naviglio Brenta (Brenta Canal) is the result of massive hydraulic work, carried out between 1457 and 1896, four canals were constructed which gradually turned the water away from the Lido basin towards Chioggia and Malamocco and finally to the sea. It is actually a system of locks and swing bridges to make it easy to navigate.
Little by little the area along the canal was turned into the place where Venetian aristocrats started to built their summer residential houses. Over the years the conception of the country house underwent a number of changes......
Soave: history, landscapes and--- wine!
Soave, a small walled medieval villages at the feet of the hills, east from Verona, is still an off the beaten path for most of the tourists.
It deserves more.
Its wonderful walls still intact surround its medieval center all around, from the plain to the top of the hill. The Castle, the old captain palace are all nice buildings to see.
But its magic is made by the walls and by the position.... all around vineyardds...
yes, beacause Soave is the were the famous white wine comes from!
You will find "cantine" (wine producers) even at the center of the village.
TAke a look at the few pictures I made, or google search for images of "soave" to have an idea..
To reach it, exit the A4 highway from Verona in direction of Venice at the Soave/San Bonifacio exit. The Village is 4 kms from the exit.
Buses from Verona, too, or trains to the nearby town of San BonifacioRelated to:
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- Castles and Palaces
- Wine Tasting
Valeggio sul Mincio : The Scaliger castle
The Scaliger castle in Valeggio sul Mincio
The Scaliger castle is one of the attractions you should not miss, when in Valeggio sul Mincio. Within just a few minutes you may walk up a few steps and a path paved by cobbled stones, before you may enter freely and without restrictions during the day. I may imagine, that they close the big iron gates at night.
You can walk around inside the courts of the Scaliger castle that looks quite impressive but also not really very fancy, when I compare it with the ornate Scaliger tombs in the centre of Verona. These people obviously had a simple life in order to finally rest in peace and in a beautifully decorated tomb.
There is even a small theatre in the back of the castle and I can imagine that the castle makes a perfect scenery and background for various plays beeing performed there. The seats are quite simple and without backrests and also partly brokenRelated to:
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- Castles and Palaces
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'SAN MICHELE' - the cemetery-island of Venice
'SAN MICHELE' - the cemetery-island of Venice
is situated on a seperate island between the main-island of Venice and Murano. San Michele is a regular stop for all vaporettos going to Murano and maybe you would like to get out of the vaporetto there and take a look. Lots of celebrities are buried there, the most famous beeing Igor Strawinsky. Spaces are rare at San Michele and therefor some of the dead bodies will remain just a certain time there and finally their bones will be taken to the ossuary in Sant’ArianoRelated to:
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