Villa Pegolotto, Baglioni

Via Roma, 59 - 35010 - Massanzago (PD)

Construction: 1600

Architect: unknown

Environmental context: Urban

The current Villa Baglioni of Massanzago has been built at the end of XVII century thanks to the Venetian aristocratic Alvise Lombardo. The architect who directed the construction work is unknown, but it is possible to date the building around 1680, as the inscription placed on the bell of the oratory would testify: MDCLXXXVI. The Massanzago palace has been property of the two Alvise Lombardo’s daughters, Lucietta and Lucrezia, until 1718.

In 1718, indeed, two years after the acquisition of the title of count, the palace became property of Giovanni Battista Baglioni (1659-1724), heir of a rich family of booksellers and pressmen of Lombard origin that moved to Venice.

A document testify how the villa looked before it was added a storey on the will of the Baglioni nobles. This document is exceptional for its iconographic and artistic value; it is an oil on canvas painted by Luca Carlevarijs that represents the arrival of the counts to their new vacation house.

The commitment that the Baglioni family devoted to give to their country house the image of a luxurious patrician villa continued for several years thanks to Giovanni Battista Baglioni, who, between 1718 and 1720, added a storey to the villa and made the room painted with the frescoes of one of the most promising artists of the time: Giambattista Tiepolo. The son Giovanni Antonio Baglioni (1705-1754) took the garden of the villa to its greatest rise and beautified the central body with rococo frescoes made by Antonio Zucchi in the Eighteenth Century.

This has been Villa Baglioni’s golden era, it has been visited by the venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni, who celebrated with some poetry lines the wedding of Caterina Baglioni and Lorenzo Minelli, praising the monumental holiday house and the magnificent Italian Garden as one of the most significant results of the society of the Venetian Villas: “Seguito a dir: Sta Casa gh’ha in campagna Una delizia detta Massanzago: In Italia, in Germania, in Franza, in Spagna Fursi un logo no gh’è più ameno e vago. Mi almanco non ho visto la compagna Ai viali, ai verdi, a le cedrere, al lago”.

In the first half of the nineteenth-century, however, a heavy crisis of the publishing industry slowly led the Baglioni counts on financial ruins. The difficult economic situation and the huge debts forced them to alienate first the landholding and then the real estate.

Since 1919 Cecilia Baglioni, heir of her father Giovanni Antonio, gradually began selling the villa to Pietro Malvestio, already count’s tenant, same fate has befallen the Venetian palace in San Cassiano.

Few years later Pietro Malvestio decided to sell the main body, the east wing and part of the garden to the Massanzago District for 100.000 liras. It was the beginning of the gradual decline of the villa, which has been used as private house, school and military hospital during the Second World War. The inner rooms with all the frescoes have been dismembered.

The restoration of the villa, aimed at its renovation and protection began in the ‘70s and led to a significant quality enhancement and to the recovery of the Italian garden with portals and seventeenth and eighteenth-century statues.

Excellences of the context: S.Antonio sanctuaries in Camposampiero (PD); Villa Cornaro and Villa Marcello in Piombino Dese; old town medieval centre in Noale (VE).

Excellences of the villa: Historic garden and park with portals and statues, frescoes painted by Antonio Zucchi (1756) and by Giambattista Tiepolo (1718-1720), patrician oratory with Gian Maria Morlaiter’s statues (1738).



Tours: Park, villa’s main body and patrician oratory.

Opening period: Open all year round.

Opening time: From Monday to Saturday: 9:00-13:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 14:00-18:00.

Ticket: € 5,00 for the inner tour (free entrance for kids under 10 and for people over 65, students, escorts and tour guides). The access to the park is free.

Services: Facilities for disabled guests, Elevator, Car Park, Public Toilets, Photos are allowed, Bus Park, Conference Room, Garden



By car: A4 highway exit PD est, SR 308 direction Castelfranco Veneto, express-way Camposampiero and road directions SP 31 for Massanzago.

By plain: Airports "A. Canova" in Treviso and "M. Polo" in Venezia.

By train: Camposampiero (PD) and Noale (VE) railway stations.

By bus: SITA bus service Padova-Trebaseleghe (bus-stop Massanzago centre).

By bicycle: ancient road of the Roman centuriation.



Via Roma, 59
35010 - Massanzago (PD)



Tel: 049 5797001   -  Fax: 049 9360020

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