Veneto and Trentino - Asolo
Villa Asolo – Asolo - Veneto
8 Bedrooms – Pool
Location and Surrounding Area. Asolo is known locally as the City of a Hundred Horizons for the sheer beauty of its mountain location. It was originally a Roman settlement and, as the name suggests, it was a refuge from the summer heat and a holiday destination for the Roman elite. It even has a mention in the works of Pliny the Elder. Over the years, Asolo has been home to the Queen of Cyprus Caterina Cornaro, the English poet Robert Browning, the intrepid explorer and travel writer Dame Freya Stark, the composer Gian Francesco Malipiero and the actress Eleonora Duse, who all found peace and artistic inspiration here. Today Asolo features as one of Italy's prettiest hamlets and there is plenty to see and do in the area. Take a leisurely walk around the historical centre and breathe in the art that surrounds you. Or climb the 276 steps of the 12th - 13th century Rocca fortress and marvel at the far-reaching views. Asolo is also a starting point for numerous nature trails along the many sun-dappled walks through the local hills.
Villa Asolo is ideally located to explore some of the most beautiful architecture in the Veneto region. Elegant Vicenza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to no less than 23 buildings designed by the influential, 16th century architect Andrea Palladio.
The area around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is home to arguably the best prosecco in the world. Wine-tasting tours and visits to the vineyards are available all year round.
Magical Venice is famous for its epic grandeur. A visitor can spend weeks exploring the picturesque canals, gondolas, art, historical palazzi and narrow backstreets and still come away with a sense of not having seen everything there is to see. The oldest church in Venice, the magnificent Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari, features a Titian altarpiece. Titian is interred here in the Frari, as locals call the Basilica and Donatello's first documented work in Venice, his sculpture of St. John the Baptist is found in the first south choir chapel.
There are 118 different islands scattered across the Venetian Lagoon so why not take the private boat and spend a day or two exploring them? Burano Island features picture-postcard, colourful houses, speciality lace and stunning Byzantine mosaics in the first century Santa Maria Assunta cathedral. Murano island is famous for its hand-blown glass. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in the northern area of the Lagoon and you can still find traces of his inspiration in the migrating birds that circle over the water.
Villa Asolo is only 70 km from Venice international airport and 65 km from Venice itself. It is 50 km from Vicenza and 45 km from Conegliano. Padua, Mount Grappa and Asiago are also 50 km from the property.
The Property. Villa Asolo sits on a glorious hillside just below the Rocca fortress. It has been home to various aristocrats over the centuries, including the noble Rubini, Braga, Bragadin, Moretti, Fioccone and De Lord Rinadi families. The property was named after the headpiece that Cardinals wear and it was under the original owner, Cardinal Gian Battista Rubini, the bishop of Vicenza and nephew of Pope Alexander VIII, that Il Galero enjoyed a particularly lively period of illustrious visitors.
The property sleeps up to 13 guests in the main villa and converted stables. The main villa offers two double bedrooms on the first floor and two further doubles (including a master bedroom) and three single bedrooms on the second floor. The beautiful Beretta annex was once upon a time the stables and today contains a splendid sitting room, a double bedroom and large bathroom.
The ground floor has two exquisite sitting rooms with Venetian stucco and plaster. One of the delightful conversation rooms also has a fireplace and a valuable, embossed stucco panel over the door with landscape motifs. The dining room is similarly decorated with Baroque stucco walls and Venetian plaster. The spectacular ceiling features a group of embossed cherubs and other allegories. The kitchen is fully equipped with professional standard utensils and designed as a comfortable environment for creating some of the traditional dishes with local chicory, asparagus and mushrooms. The ground floor also houses a laundry room and the old Orangery has been converted into a fitness and relaxation area.
In addition to the bedrooms on the first floor, there is a comfortable living room with exposed beams on the ceiling and the beautiful drawing room, which was once Cardinal Rubini's private room.
A nice fruit tree lined path leads to the panoramic swimming pool equipped with sun beds and changing room. Next to the swimming pool there is a sheltered area with a full equipped kitchenette, a barbecue, a fridge and a large dining table.
The immense, terraced parkland surrounding the property houses the chapel and the gardens themselves are filled with sweetly scented roses, jasmine and wisteria. There are several terraces and a glass conservatory.
- 1 master double bedroom
- 3 other double bedrooms
- 3 single bedrooms
- 5 Bathrooms
- 1 double bedroom + sitting room and bathroom in the old stables
- All rooms with air conditioning
- Equipped kitchen
- Dining room
- 4 sitting rooms
- Drawing room
- Laundry room
- Fitness and relaxation area
- Swimming pool
- Full equipped kitchenette, a barbecue, a fridge and a large dining table next to the pool
- Satellite TV, Wi Fi
- Service 4h/day
- Italian daily breakfast
- Welcome dinner