Villa San Bastiano
Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Villa San Bastiano has a superb location. It lies up in the hills a 20 minute walk above Vicenza, and overlooks a charming valley called „valle del silenzio“ (valley of tranquility).
The garden of Villa San Bastiano borders on the park of Villa Valmarana ai Nani, a Venetian villa world-famous for its frescoes by Tiepolo. Villa Rotonda, one of Andrea Palladio's most renowned villas, is an easy 10 minute walk. Just imagine taking a stroll to these inspiring places on a warm summer evening...
All you see from Villa San Bastiano is the unspoilt valley, the garden facade of Villa Valmarana and, on the opposite side of the valley, the silhouette of the Basilica della Madonna del Monte Berico, a landmark which can be seen from all over Vicenza.
Villa San Bastiano is a comfortable family home for 12 guests. The spacious ground floor rooms are sunny and light and have french windows opening onto the terraces and garden. Two bedrooms, one of which a master suite, are located on the ground floor as well.
Up on the first floor you will find 4 spacious bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, as well as a TV and internet room.
The garden, by no means large, but all the same with a sense of space as it flows into the slopes of the valley below, has two terraces for outdoor meals and a pool equipped with sundbeds and deck chairs.
Villa San Bastiano is very well equipped with all mod cons such as wi-fi internet and satellite TV. The rental includes a daily maid who prepares breakfast and cleans the the house. The villa offer cooking and concierge service. The cook is a very talented Chef, she will prepare delicious lunches and/or dinners for you at the Villa.
A caretaker lives in the basement of the house permanently. Separate entrances guarantee your privacy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Venice Lido 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Venice and Verona 70 km, Nearest railway: Vicenza 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The North East Italy region
San Bastiano lies up in the hills above Vicenza, door to door with the world famous villas Valmarana and La Rotonda and very close to cultural highlights as Padua, Venice, Verona, Ferrara, Mantova and Rovigo. You will also want to visit this region to see the famous Palladio villas. The regional cuisine deserves your special attention.
The Venetian Villas: The hinterland of Venice is famous for the numerous villas (apparently more than 3.000) built between the 15th and the 19th century by whealthy venetians. Some of them are open to the public, for instance Villa Barbaro in Maser, Villa Emo in Fanzolo, and the Villa La Rotonda outside Vicenza. Other interesting villas are the villa Valmarana "Ai Nani" with frescoes by Tiepolo, the Catajo castle and villa Barbarigo which has a baroque garden with boxwood labyrinth.
The main cultural landmarks of northern Italy: San Bastiano's strategic location makes easy day trips to Padua, Venice, Vérona, Ferrara, lake Garda, Este, Montagnana, Monselice, or Arqua'Petrarca. Each of these towns offers highly interesting sight-seeing. In Padua you will not want to miss „Cappella degli Scrovegni“ with wall to wall frescoes by Giotto. This work of art is considered to be the beginning of the Renaissance.
Villa San Bastiano lies in walking distance of the church of Monte Berico which has a tomb designed by Palladio and a beautiful altar piece painted by Paolo Veronese.
1,5 acres of contemporary art and design at the Bisazza Foundation, which was opened in June 2012 in Montecchio Maggiore (6 miles from Vicenza)
Interesting fashion outlets such as Armani (in the village Trissino) and Bottega Veneta (in the outskirts of Vicenza).
Veneto is located in North-Eastern Italy and its capital is Venice.
The Alps lie to the North-West, while the Euganean range, which is of volcanic origin, rises from the hill-lined plain. The most important rivers are the Po and the Adige, while Lake Garda lies to the West. Veneto is divided into seven provinces: Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza. Both the Venetian dialect and Italian are spoken.
A brief history
The history of Veneto is above all quite similar to the history of Venice.
“La Bellissima” (The Beautiful One) was founded towards the end of the 6th century AD and became a local political force from 697 onwards, embodied by Paolucio Anafesto, the first duke –Doge. The city became independent from 1000 onwards, following Byzantium's withdrawal from the Adriatic, and maritime trade soon extended its powerbase. In the 14th century, Venice became the largest Mediterranean port, ahead of Constantinople. In the 17th century, despite significant losses of territory (the Greek lands) and the diverting of European trade towards America (discovery of that continent), Venice maintained its cultural prestige. At the time, it was recognised as the most elegant town in Europe, with a major influence on Art, Architecture and Literature. Venice was annexed on the 12th of May 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte, who put an end to 800 years of independence. Today, Venice has 280,000 inhabitants and is a UNESCO world heritage site, along with its laguna.
Prosecco is the local sparkling wine. You must absolutely try it. The Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio is a sweet Italian white wine from the Veneto region which was only granted a DOC certificate in 1995; it is a wine which is both rich and subtle and which has generated substantial interest among connoisseurs. Try the Fior d'Arancio DONNA DARIA which has just won Italy's highest award: the Tre Bicchiere® (Three Glasses) of the Gambero Rosso Slow Food guide.
The red Colli Euganei DOC wines can also yield excellent results. You do have to know how to choose the label though (Montecchia and Vignalta, for example).
Try the famous Bellini cocktail too, made from Prosecco and peach juice. The Bellini is the embodiment of the Italian Dolce Vita: it was invented in the 50s by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice.
Less touristy and decidedly more local, the Spritz is the Venetians' traditional aperitif: mix one part Prosecco, one part Campari and one part soda.
In Veneto, you cannot imagine regional cooking without rice or polenta.
Risotto is an authentic regional speciality. It is served with all the vegetables of the Venetian countryside, and fish from the laguna.
Don't leave without tasting the famous Tiramisu, which is the Venetian dessert par excellence.
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