For Sale: 16th Century Venetian Villa
16TH CENTURY VILLA ON THE NAVIGLIO OF THE BRENTA RIVER, VENETO Villa Benzi is a beautiful historic villa dating from the early 16th century, pure in style and classic in form....one of several important villas and palaces owned by the famous Venetian Benzi dynasty. The villa is in excellent condition, having been restored to a very high level by its architect owners, whilst retaining all the original features as well as, for example, delightful 16th century frescoes by Ceruti of pastoral scenes which would have been typical of this time and location... the country idyll that Venetian aristocratic families prized. The villa was acquired by the current family owners in the 1960's and major works were carried out to preserve this beautiful building. Subsequent restoration in the last 10 years has taken the villa to an incredibly high level with state of the art technology, such as fully controllable hot and cold systems and sound systems, as well as a careful and painstaking refurbishment based on original period features, as well as using fabrics from Rubelli and Bevilacqua, antique carpets carefully selected to complement the frescoes, and classic furniture and lighting in keeping with this beautiful house. At the end of the 18th century the Benzi family constructed a deep conical ice house which was typical of this period. In subsequent years these ice houses fell largely into disuse and were frequently lost, but the current owners have restored this very beautiful and historic construction to its original state.
THE VILLA COMPRISES
The property is comprised of the main villa (with annexes) of around 600 mq, park of around 15,000 sq.m with ice house, small casetta, lake and swimming pool (a rarity in historic Veneto villas). Dependance with private access of 250 sq.m, with 500 sq.m private garden. Gate to a tributary of the Brenta River.
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