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Villa Condulmer in Mogliano Veneto and Giuseppe Verdi

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Villa Condulmer in Mogliano Veneto and Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most famous musicians of the 19th century... Even those who are not Opera experts recognise the arias of his most famous masterpieces!

Not everyone knows that during his lifetime the composer was not appreciated as he is now. For example, when the 'Traviata', perhaps his most famous work, was staged for the first time at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, on March 6th 1853, Verdi was booed loudly by the public, perhaps because of the lack of valid interpreters or perhaps because of the subject matter, considered indecent at the time.

Verdi, disappointed by his failure, retired to the countryside in the beautiful Condulmer villa owned by his friend Giovanni Battista Tornielli.

Today the villa is a luxury hotel and in the main salon the piano Verdi used to play during his bleak retreat can be played by visitors!

The origins of this building are partially shrouded in mystery; the villa is supposed to have been commissioned in the mid-1700s by the Venetian nobleman Alvise Condulmer. However, there is also another version of the story according to which the villa was built on the ruins of an ancient monastery, testified solely by the long orthogonal colonnade.

Shortly after the fall of the Republic of Venice, the Condulmer family died and their assets were left as an inheritance to the Grassi family, owners of the eponymous palace on the Grand Canal. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Angelo Grassi, last descendant of his family, left the villa to Giovanni Battista Tornielli, scion of a family friend. The building was then inherited by Bonaventura and later given to the Monti family.

The interiors preserve fine stucco paintings and there are four bucolic theme frescoes in the entrance hall on the ground floor painted by the Venetian painter Eugenio Moretti Larese (1855).

Would you like to stay in this wonderful historical building? Do not forget that it is just twenty minutes from Venice and can be easily reached by train or with a comfortable private transfer!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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