Villa Padovani and Corte dei Frati in Pastrengo
Villa Padovani is located between Verona and Lake Garda, in the small town of Pastrengo, in a corner of the special world where you can experience the thrill of a stay in a real Venetian Villa.
A place to savor the magic of silence. The exclusivity of a unique place where everything is history, art and beauty: Villa Padovani. The Villa, owned by the Padovani family, houses inside the historic Court of the Friars, which was a place of defense, a place of peace and spirituality, a place of family redemption.
So much, so much history has passed from here. Today this place is waiting for you, to write a new piece of history. That of your happy moments.
A large court in the middle of the green, outside. An atmosphere of enveloping and intimate stillness, inside. The composition of the historic building summarizes in its architecture the sense of hospitality of the Padovani family.
What you will find here. Space and silence, intimacy and warmth, history and comfort, elements of merit and sobriety. Because for us the real wealth is the time to devote to themselves. And at Villa Padovani time has passed and a lot will pass. But what we care most about is the time you spend here, alone or with your loved ones. The value of the time of our guests is what we love to dedicate ourselves, putting them in a position to spend it in the best way.
We like to interpret the verb host according to its original meaning: to guard. And here, where so much history and so many vicissitudes are guarded, we will think about keeping your time.
The history of the Villa Padovani and Corte dei Frati
On the rural court of Piovezzano, commonly called Ca 'dei Frati or Corte Ronzetti, the news is very poor. With care and dedication, the Padovani family took care of rebuilding the history of this place. To pass it on. To tell it. To enhance a place that deserves to be understood and re-lived.
The architectural structure refers, as a typology, to the enclosed courts, very widespread throughout Italy from the medieval period. Ca 'dei Frati respects all the characteristics necessary for the life of closed courts: the presence of ovens and wells demonstrates the need to provide for the sustenance of a large number of people and the remains of the archived openings surviving - now buffered and recalling a medieval system - of the external wall of the complex that rises on the left as they enter, they attest to the defensive role. The medieval dating of the small house, located in the north of the main house, is therefore almost certain.
This is also recalled also by the façade wall painting, dating back to the early twentieth century rearrangement work, which wanted to scenically portray a brickwork, typically medieval, with large openings buffered by a fake wooden structure with diagonal cross-vents. Over the centuries, over the centuries, works have been stratified over the centuries, so to speak of "embellishment", which date back to the eighteenth century and then to the Ninth century. Brugnoli, in his book Pastrengo, emphasizes that the court appears to have belonged to the Marinelli, the Cagozzi and then to the Congregation of the SS. Redeemer, the Redemptorists. No document has emerged with respect to the Redemptorists, even though the name Ca 'dei Frati is still used by the elders of Pastrengo to indicate the court and this may reasonably attest to the old property or in any case the presence in the court. It is presumable that the court was then destined to be a real place functional to independent and self-sufficient community life, with chapels, ovens, wells, etc. The Redemptorists could also use the Court as a retreat for spiritual and meditative exercises, given its prerogative of a secluded and separate place from the real seat of the Congregation, which was to be, at the time, very popular.
For how long the Congregation remained owner of the Court is not clear, however the Ronzetti, last owners, were already settled in the Court certainly in the 1932, year in which the works of arrangement began, undoubtedly wanted by the Ronzetti family. This is attested in the cartouche above the entrance door of the facing manor house
the western court: YEAR DOMINI MXMXXXII. On that date, in fact, Piero Ronzetti rebuilt the manor house ex-novo, but did not modify the grounds, and externally embellished the small northern house, taking up the stylistic elements of the so-called "Liberty". Liberty that conforms in the Verona area, especially starting from the 1930s, in a sort of neo-historicism on an international basis purely Déco, which incorporates the motifs of the classical tradition. In the specific case, the system in some way relates to the eighteenth-century one as shown by the stucco fastenings above the windows and the large stucco-grained large panels, which conforms to stylized cartouches, which recall precisely the eighteenth-century forms.
There is also no reference to the strong Sanmichelian tradition of the Verona area, which can be found in the cantonals with false stone slabs with staggered arrangement between them. In the reorganization of Ca 'dei Frati it was used wall painting, both internal and external. This use wanted to relate to the Veronese tradition that has always used wall painting, not only for its use, but also for convenient civitatis. Significant in this sense is the ostentation of the family crest, almost to emphasize the new position of landowner reached by Piero Ronzetti.
The same applies to the interior decorations, which decorate with a frieze, placed under the floor almost all rooms, for the large oval in the ceiling of the entrance hall, which depicts Pastrengo between a flight of angels. The twentieth century construction implemented by Ronzetti corresponds to the evolutionary process of the upper bourgeois home, which began in the early twentieth century to build the grand palace, then turned into a rented house, so for reasons of privacy above all the independent villa not to be shared others. In this case we are in the presence of a revival of the Venetian villa, which is stratified in a context already outlined.
Services: stay in Villa Veneta
Staying in the prestigious suites of ours it means to stay in the middle of centuries of art, history, architectural interventions. Almost all the interior rooms of the manor house are richly decorated with murals that recall the Veronese tradition and that fortunately are in fairly good condition.
Services available for guests
the guests of Villa Padovani can stay in comfortable suites and benefit from numerous comforts. Are available:
- Air conditioning
- Private bathroom
- Flat screen TV
Spa and wellness center
Guests of Villa Padovani can use the free of charge wellness center of the Boffenigo Small & Beautiful Hotel Thermae, a splendid one resort surrounded by nature, located at Costermano sul Garda owned by the same Padovani family.
The Boffenigo Small & Beautiful Hotel Thermae also offers guests of Villa Padovani an extraordinary high quality restaurant, and its exclusive rooms.