IN ITALY’S FAIR VERONA, IT’S FITTING THAT ONE WILL FIND THIS ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE VILLA, BUILT IN THE 16TH CENTURY. AS ANY THESPIAN WILL TELL YOU, THAT IS THE TIME AND PLACE IN WHICH ROMEO AND JULIET IS SET. Strolling through the picturesque Italian city, abundant with Roman and Medieval architecture, it’s easy to see why Shakespeare chose this as the setting for his legendary tale of love and tragedy. Today, Verona is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in part due to these ancient structures. Only six kilometers from the center, a row of cypress trees leads down the driveway of this enchanting estate, known as Villa Ca’ Vendri, surrounded by vineyards and olive tree groves. To pass through this soaring, green corridor is to be transported back to a period of inimitable architecture that continues to inspire. Lush grounds of nearly four hectares (10 acres) are graced with fountains, statues and a small lake. Originally built for one of Verona’s oldest families, the villa was designed by renowned Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli, who engineered numerous public works throughout Verona for the Republic of Venice. Maintaining the romantic charm of a bygone era, the current owners have carefully updated and restored Villa Ca’ Vendri over the years. In the main villa, comprised of 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, cotto tile floors and oversized windows set the stage with natural light pouring in throughout. A heated, indoor pool on the ground floor connects directly to the outdoors, allowing one to experience the sounds and scents of the countryside while taking a morning swim. A small gym and spa area with showers are also on this level. Across 2,400 square meters (25,830 square feet), period details abound, from a fresco painted by celebrated 16th-century artist Paolo Farinati to original river stones used for the fireplaces, displaying the beauty of old world craftsmanship. Additionally, two elevators connect the three floors of the spacious villa. Scattered across the grounds, numerous outbuildings offer further accommodations that allow for idyllic gatherings of family and friends. A second villa holds 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms, while a separate annex includes another seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. Amidst the trees and plantings, a type of Roman monument known as a nymphaeum leads to a small family chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, where one cannot help but imagine the perfect wedding in the rolling hills of Italy’s northern countryside. Positioned 74.6 miles from Venice and 99.4 miles from Milan, this spacious estate effortlessly blends history and tranquility. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VILLA CA’ VENDRI, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: BMFD88. TAKEAWAYS PRICE | Upon Request SPACE | 2,400 sq. meters ARCHITECT | Michele Sanmicheli HIGHLIGHTS: • Built in 16th century • 30 bedrooms • 18 bathrooms • 2 elevators • Indoor pool 1 Romantic charm fills the air near this 16th-century estate. 2 Beautiful estate surrounded by groves of cypress trees. 3 Lush grounds of nearly 10 acres feature fountains, statues and a small lake. 4 The captivating main villa welcomes residents into its grandeur. 5 The heated indoor pool brings in scents of the countryside. 6 Ancient structures found in the area have made Verona a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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