Villa San Bastiano in Vicenza
Located on the hillside of Vicenza and overlooking the poetic Valley of Silence, which inspired famous Italian writer Fogazzaro, Villa San Bastiano is an elegant family home that has seen generations of children and travellers enjoy a land, Veneto, blessed by unbelievable wine, food and architectural beauty. While gourmands and prosecco enthusiasts will not believe their eyes when matching the quality of meals and bills received, travellers who look for history and architecture will not be able to fit all in one trip and end up booking a second stay: Veneto is, in one word, amazing. Whilst the villa interiors are classy, elegant and constantly updated, the outdoor is peaceful and extraordinarily panoramic: one can enjoy that Venetian sunset’s golden aura amidst ancient cypresses, cedars, pines and beautifully scented osmanthus bushes from the villa beautiful terrace, facing the Valletta del Silenzio (Silence Little Valley). The pleasant and wide garden features roses, geraniums and lilies. A swimming pool with a view and a manicured alfresco complete the garden.
The hillside on which San Bastiano stands has been witness to the life of Antonio Fogazzaro, renowned author who lived here at the turn of the 19th century. Here was his family home and where he created some of his most renowned work; today the villa belongs to his descendants, the Ceschi a Santa Croce family, who built the house on the ruins of the original Villa Fogazzaro, destroyed by the bombings of World War II. In front of the house lies, peaceful and verdant, the 'Valley of Silence', as Fogazzaro described it, a secluded oasis of calm, in view of which he wrote 'Piccolo Mondo Moderno' published in 1901.
The book leads us through the plains of the Venetian hinterland and the town of Vicenza, bustling background to the tormented life of Piero, son of Franco and Luisa Maironi, unforgettable protagonists of his previous acclaimed work 'Piccolo Mondo Antico', written by Fogazzaro in his beloved house in Oria, on the lake of Lugano. Just as that villa sits gazing peacefully at the tranquil waters of the lake, Villa San Bastiano seems absorbed in contemplation of the little valley of silence below it: two oasis of peace that have welcomed illustrious guests and discerning travellers for many years.
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