Villa Capodilista at Selvazzano Dentro


Selvazzano Dentro, province of Padova, altitude 45 m/148 feet above sea level, Via Montecchia; train station at Padova 8 km/5 miles to the east.  One can reach the villa from the bike path that follows Via dei Colli from Padova, see the Padova-Teolo-Vicenza bike route.

The Paduan nobleman Gabriele Capodilista, during the first half of the sixteenth century, commissioned this villa to Dario Varotari, a painter and architect of German background, in an agricultural area on the outskirts of Padova, on property that had been in the Capodilista family for centuries; Varotari leveled the top of a low hill, transforming it into a garden with a cubic shaped villa at the center.

The villa is one of the few Venetian villas that has perfect central symmetry.  The four facades are identical, each with a loggia [porch] of five arches at both floors.  The loggias and the interior were frescoed by the same Varotari and by Antonio Vassillacchi.

The Capodilista  family were to unite with the Venetian Emo family giving rise to the Emo Capodilista branch, the name by which the villa is also known.

The villa is private property and usually closed to the public; tours are available that require a reservation and only for groups of at least 15 people.  The support structures house a winery that produces quality wines; other buildings are used for residences and short term rentals.

Latest visit 1 May 2014.

All photos by Paolo Bonavoglia, unless indicated otherwise.

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