Set on the borders of the idyllic landscape of the Euganean hills south west of Padua, this magnificent 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, 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 theater 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 architecture.
Stone lions guard the tall villa gates, the drive winds up through the vineyards of the renowned wine estate La Montecchia. La Montecchia comprises the Villa Emo Capodilista, a medieval castle, further four guest apartments, the cellars and the offices of the vineyard.
The villa is truly unique because of its perfectly square shape with 2 stories of loggias on all fours sides of the building. 4 rooms on the ground floor and identical 4 rooms on the first floor open up onto the loggias. Each room is decorated with exquisite frescoes. There is for instance the so-called 'room of the villas' which depicts all the villas owned by the family.
Adjacent to the Villa Emo Capodilista is an 27 hole golf course and and the Michelin star restaurant La Montecchia, dependent to the nearby Michelin 3 star Le Calandre. You will also find an Olympic sized pool at the Golf Club.
Please note: All Italian villa rentals are for 7 nights, beginning and ending on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.
Villa rentals require a minimum 5+ night stay