Villa Padovani is set in the charming group of rural buildings called Piovezzano di Pastrengo in the province of Verona, also known as Ca’ dei Frati or Corte Ronzetti.
The complex, which has medieval origins, has over the centuries been the object of various renovations: in the 18th century, the Marinelli family refurbished the interiors in keeping with the style of that era. Later on, the complex is known to have belonged to the Cagozzi family, and then to the congregation of the Redemptorist Fathers – hence the name “Villa Padovani”, Frati meaning Friars.
In 1932 ownership of the property passed to Piero Ronzetti, who reconstructed the main villa, embellishing the exteriors in “Liberty” or Art Nouveau style.
Nearly all of the rooms in the villa are richly decorated with wall paintings reflecting the Verona tradition. The entrance hall features a stone staircase, a testimony to the skill of local craftsmen, and Venetian terrazzo floors, bearing a coat of arms with the initials of Remo Padovani, the current owner.
Other still-present elements of the medieval complex are the enclosed ‘brolo’ or orchard/garden and a small 18th-century oratory.
Villa Padovani today hosts a delightful period residence with four suites, which maintain the charming atmosphere of this historic villa.