In Carbonera, just outside Treviso, stands Villa Tiepolo Passi, a magnificent example of a Vincenzo Scamozzi-school, post-Palladian Villa Veneta built in early Venetian Baroque style.
Today, Villa Tiepolo Passi is a charming cultural tourism destination, offering magnificent guided visits, events and overnight stays in the evocative guest lodging with views of the countryside and the river.
The Villa, first occupied around the beginning of the 16th century, was enlarged to its current size a century later with a commission from Ermolao Tiepolo, Procurator of San Marco and senator of the Republic of Venice.
In the 19th century, the Villa was passed down through family connections to the Passi de Preposulo Counts, an illustrious ancient family originally from the Bergamo area, who now maintain the Villa in old-fashioned style, offering lodgings, guided visits, educational visits for school groups, organic produce, judicious landscaping and cuisine based on age-old family recipes.
The Villa has Sansovino-style ceilings on the ground floor and 17th-century frescoes by Il Bolognese on the first floor.
Outside, the grand yard is watched over by the busts of the philosophers Democritus and Heraclitus which line up with the rising and setting sun on the winter solstice (December 21st), an unequivocal symbol of the role of agriculture at the Villa.
The elegant Italianate garden with its fish pond and statues by Torretto (Canova’s maestro) stretches out into monumental perspective, one of the rare remaining examples of this sort of Veneto countryside from the period of the Serenissima – the Republic of Venice.
The Family Chapel, with its Plenary Indulgence granted by Pope Pius VI, has Tiepolo-school frescoes attributed to Giovan Battista Canal, Canaletto’s nephew. In the eastern part of the grounds, connected to the park, is the original Brolo (vegetable garden and orchard), with 500 organically-cultivated plants.