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Montecchia Castle

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Via Montecchia, 16
Selvazzano Dentro, Veneto 35030, IT

Category: Villa&Castle

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Quite near Praglia Abbey, at foot of the Euganean Hills and just a few kilometres from Padua, stands the mound of Montecchia, the precious vineyard of the family of the Counts of Emo Capodilista. At the top of the mound is the Villa Capodilista, built in the sixteenth century to a design by Dario Varotari, whose frescoes and original architecture are among the most admired in the Villas of Veneto.

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Villa Capodilista XVI sec. (Dario Varotari)


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At the foot of the Euganean Hills, close to the Abbey of Praglia and just a few kilometres south of Padua you will find Montecchia, the famous vineyard of the family of the Counts of Emo Capodilista. At the top of the mound stands the Villa Capodilista, built in the sixteenth century to a design by Dario Varotari, whose frescoes and original architecture are among the most admired in the Villas of Veneto. The beautiful building, conceived initially as a hunting lodge, is based on a square plan that is repeated in the internal distribution of the rooms: four on the ground floor and four on the first floor, separated by a splendid staircase composed of four flights in Greek cross formation and enhanced by a double order of broad loggias that look down from the hill over a grand and pleasant countryside. The rooms and the loggias in the Villa have "grotesque" decorations, as well as scenes and characters from Roman history and mythology. The villa is open to groups all year round upon appointment. Individual visitors are welcome from March to November on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternnon at 4 and 5.30 pm. Meeting point is in front of the wine shop of the estate.



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