Villa Tiepolo at Carbonera di Treviso


Carbonera di Treviso 16 m/52 feet above sea level, Via Brigata Marche 26; train station at Treviso on the Venezia-Udine-Vienna line, about 4 km/2.5 miles to the northeast.  On bicycle it can be reached from the station at Treviso by crossing through the historic center, leaving the city by the San Tommaso gate [at the north], getting on the bike lane on the right of Via Vittorio Veneto as far as Via Brigata Marche along which there is a bike path, first on the right side and then on the left side of the road.  The bike path ends right in front of the moat pond that separates the villa from the street.

The villa was constructed between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries on behalf of senator Almorò Tiepolo, procurator of San Marco and a member of one of the oldest and most noble of the Venetian families, one of the twelve so-called apostolic families.  The current structure is the result of several transformations; it is believed that the dormer window and the balconies at the top story were added at a second period of renovation as were the small loggias that connect the main structure with the two structures on the side.

Around the villa there is a garden with statues attributed to the eighteenth century sculptor Giuseppe Bernardi, also called “il Torretto” and the teacher of Antonio Canova.  Inside there are frescoes by Pietro Antonio Cerva, also called “il Bolognese”.

During the course of the nineteenth century the villa passed from the Tiepolo family to the Passi family, who have lived there since, and therefore the villa is known as Villa Tiepolo Passi.  The villa can be visited on Sundays or by appointment (see the official website of the villa).

Latest visit 16 february 2014.

All photos by Paolo Bonavoglia, unless indicated otherwise.

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