One of the things that will break your heart traveling around Italy is the fact that the country is so rich with history, art and architecture, that it seems nearly impossible to preserve it all, and some absolute treasures seem to be getting left behind. Case in point The Villa Trissino-Muttoni aka “Ca’ Impenta”.

Villa Trissino-Muttoni aka “Ca’ Impenta”I was traveling on the outskirts of Vicenza with a friend after a concert in search of “Panin Onto” (Dirty Panino), the region’s answer to Los Angeles’ Taco Trucks, when I spotted the top of a beautiful villa just off the road.  My love of historic residential architecture had me immediately salivating and we pulled off the road to take a look.

Before us was a sight that took our breath away, a 15th century villa unlike any I had ever seen in the Veneto, that had some kind of “it” factor. I was in love. It was gorgeous. It was bold. It was elegant….. It was decaying.

The property was gated, the garden unkempt and through subsequent research I found that this privately owned villa is not even open to view by appointment. It sits silently waiting for time to have its way with her. The Frescos on the Façade that gave the villa its “Ca’ Impenta” (Painted House) nickname have long since faded.   I wish there was more I could share, but there is not, and that is the point.

sunset at Villa Trissino-Muttoni The good news is that when one thinks about time in relation to buildings in Italy, it can be done in  centuries rather than days.  The room I am writing this from is in a villa owned by the “new residents”, and they moved in before the United State declared independence from England. Like much of the world, Italy is currently facing a less than ideal economy and they are having to make a lot of tough decisions about financial priorities, but hopefully they will continue to preserve their amazing artistic heritage  because it is something not just for Italians and not just for the people on the planet right now,  but a treasure for all the world long after we are all dead and gone.

villa trissino-muttoni angle viewIf a place like Villa Trissino-Muttoni  was in the United States there would be entire books written about it, but despite its awesomeness and, in fact, being of some historical significance for the Veneto, there is almost nothing on the web about it. You can read a little bit about it here (use google translate if you do not speak Italian) http://associazioneartes.altervista.org/blog/villa-trissino-muttoni-detta-la-ca-impenta-la-gloria-e-loblio/

 

 

On the good news front, the Dirty Panino did not disappoint and we ate far more than we should have.

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Location of Villa Trissino-Muttoni

In this episode we take a look at the benefits of traveling to Italy in the off season as I visit two of Andrea Palladio’s great masterpieces. Traveling around Vicenza in the Veneto, North Italy, by myself, armed with a consumer video camera I visited Teatro Olimpico and La Rontonda also known as Villa Capra.

To see some more professional shots of Teatro Olimpico, check out this video of the great Cecilia Bartoli performing there.

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To celebrate Easter this week, and the day after Easter, I want to share a short  video recalling an amazing day in North Italy celebrating Pasquetta with friends in Pozzoleone, in the Province of Vicenza. This was one of my early Italian travel diary videos that ultimately gave me the idea to start Ronan’s Italy show.

A big thanks to Lucio Bisutto, the owner of primary entertainer at the restaurant Giorgione in Venice Italy for letting me use his music in this video, Mike 3rd of Prosdocimi Recording who invited me to the great party and my friends in the Veneto for the great hospitality.

 

In this episode we hang out in the Veneto and get a cooking lesson at the Villa Prosdocimi.

Inspired by an online Italian lesson from learnitalianpod.com about Midnight Spaghetti, I talked my friend Mike 3rd into walking us through the process of making this dish step by step. (video also features some fancy green screen special effects!)

A visit to Cittadella, an often overlooked gem of the Veneto. The medieval fortress town is a great day trip and features, Beautiful architecture,  great restaurants and bars including my favorite Trattoria Alla Nave

cittadella fogtrattoria alla nave
borgo padova, 96 – cittadella
tel: 049-5970665 cell: 3495140071
Lunch: 12.00 – 14.00 Dinner: 19.00 – 22.00

Music in this Episode by Cittadella’s own Riaffiora

Cittadella official town web site