Set on the borders of the idyllic landscape of the Euganean hills south west of Padua, this magnificent luxury Padua villa dating back to the 1500's was once the hunting lodge of the aristocratic Capodilista family. It was fully restored in 2008, the completely revisited interior decoration is the work of Paris based interior designer Anna Guarini.
The villa in Padua 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 Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Today the villa belongs to a direct descendant of the family, Umberto Emo Capodilista, who meticulously restored this gem of Italian Renaissance architecure.
Stone lions guard the tall villa gates, the drive winds up through the vineyards of the renowned wine estate La Montecchia. La Montecchia comprises of a few properties: the Padua Villa itself , a medieval castle and further four guest apartments, the cellars and the offices of the vineyard.
The property is truly unique - its perfectly square shape with 2 storeys of loggias on all fours sides of the building make it just stanning.
There are 7 bedrooms in total - 5 doubles and 2 singles. The rooms on the ground floor are identical to the rooms on the first floor and open up onto the loggias. Each room is decorated with exquisite frescoes.
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