Villa Emo Capodilista is an incomparable historic palazzo with matching facades and Renaissance symmetry that befits the region's sumptuous Palladian villas that are sprinkled throughout the area. It was designed by Dario Varotari, a Paduan architect and painter, a pupil of Veronese. It was built in 1568 as an opulent hunting lodge for the aristocratic Capodilista family, and it still belongs to a direct descendan of this family who completed the restoration in 2008. The villa has been completely and meticulously restored, and was featured in the film The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.
This villa is quite unique because of its completely square shape and two stories of loggias on all four sides of the building. It stands in a commanding position on a hilltop, insuring fabulous views in all directions. The villa is part of the La Montecchia estate, renowned for their excellent wines, and wine tastings can be arranged for villa guests. The villa is encircled by formal gardens, with woods, fields and rolling vineyards beyond. There is a golf club with a one-star Michelin restaurant next to the estate grounds.
This is a stunning, historic property. The rooms are all enormous, with soaring ceilings and rich frescoes. Throughout the villa are marble inlay floors, silk draperies, and antiques. Furnishings and décor are tasteful and elegant. Grand staircases, exquisite frescoes, fanciful paintings and sumptuous surroundings make this a truly luxurious villa.
On the first floor there is a large living room with a fireplace. Next to it is a formal dining room painted with frescoes with seating for twelve. Breakfast is served daily on marble-topped tables in a separate, sunny room next to the dining room. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, both with private baths. Both are grand and frescoed and have king size beds. Bathrooms are ensuite, connected to the bedrooms by marble stairs. One of the bedrooms has an adjoining dressing room.
The kitchen is down a level. It is large and fully equipped with professional grade cookware and quality serving pieces. Downstairs there is also a laundry room, a powder room, and a bathroom with a shower that could be used as a bathhouse for the pool.
From the entry hall two grand marble staircases lead to the upper floor. On the second floor there is a pretty pastel sitting room with satellite TV; it opens onto a furnished loggia with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. A study contains a desk where high speed Internet is available. There are three bedrooms on the second floor. One is a small but charming single room. Two large double bedrooms match those downstairs with opulent décor and lavish frescoes. Both have attached dressing rooms. Two bathrooms serve this floor, one with tub and shower, and one with shower.
A staircase leads to an upper mezzanine level where there are two more bedrooms and a bathroom. One is a twin bedroom with an attached dressing room, the other is a single bedroom. There is a small kitchen with a sink and two-burner cook top tucked in on this level.
Outside the villa is encircled by formal gardens planted with roses and hedges. A path leads to a small swimming pool (8x18 feet) with hydro massage, secreted into a cove of shady trees. The pool is open from June to mid-September, depending upon the weather.
Breakfast is served each morning, and full-time staff is on hand to clean daily. The staff can cook additional meals, and a professional chef can also come to the villa. The services of a butler, concierge and chauffeur are also available for an extra charge. The house has air conditioning and heating, and a four-car garage with remote control is available for guests' use.
Many people dream of living in a castle in Italy. Villa Emo Capodilista is most definitely the place to live out this dream.