Villa Condulmer at Zermàn (TV)


Zermàn, a district of Mogliano Veneto (Treviso), Via Preganziol 1, altitude 10 m/33 feet above sea level; train station at Mogliano Veneto about 3 km/2 miles to the southeast, or at Preganziol, about 4 km/2.5 miles to the northwest.

The villa was constructed during the middle of the eighteenth century on behalf of Alvise Condulmer, member of an established family of the Venetian nobility, which had produced a pope, Eugenio IV (Gabriele Codulmer) at the time of the Crusades.  The name of the architect is unknown, as is the date of construction.  After the Condulmer family line ceased the villa passed successively to the Tornieri family and then to the Grassi family.

The villa is situated a short distance from the Terraglio surrounded by a large estate; the central building is an imposing block but lacking any architectural elements of note; a portico connects it to the barchessa to the right.  Noteworthy is the wrought iron gate which used to function as the southern entrance to the estate.

Today the villa has been converted into a luxury five-star hotel and the grounds have become a golf course, a transformation that has saved the villa and its grounds from being absorbed into the heavily urbanized area that stretches between Venice and Treviso.

Latest visit 5 October 2014.

All photos by Paolo Bonavoglia, unless indicated otherwise.

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