Villa Curti is a prestigious Villa a few kilometers from Vicenza, close to motorway A4 exits West Vicenza and Alte Montecchio. It’s at Sovizzo, in a suggestive English park. The central body of the Villa, that was property of Sale of San Damiano and then Mocenigo’ family, dates back to late 16th century and his singular asymmetric development seems to support the assumption that it was built on the ruins of an ancient castle of Bissari, destroyed in the 15th century during the battles between the municipalities. The two wings, different and independent from the central body, were built in the 19th century. On the right, is situated the Gothic wing built with architectural Gothic elements of great value from ancient Venetian, Lombard and Emilian buildings. On the left there is the Romanesque wing where the window frames, dated beginning 16th century, come from a building destroyed nearby Sovizzo.
Villa Curti offers its own exclusive space for unforgettable events. The 10.000 sq. m. garden in front of the Villa and the 20.000 sq. m. park of centenary plants behind guarantee oasis of peace and quiet just a few kilometres from the centre of Vicenza. The Villa is well suited for events, also of great dimensions. Furthermore, the wide availability of lounges, halls and rooms, all equipped with air conditioning and heating, many paved with “Venetian seminato” with red marble of Verona and with ceiling beams, allow to decide where to place at its best the banquet. All the rooms on the ground floor and the elegant Portico have direct access in the park and this makes the event even more exclusive. At the disposal of the guests Villa Curti offers a large private internal parking adjacent to the porch while another park is available in front of the Villa.
Only few Villas can boast Villa Curti for its kitchen equipment with two large fireworks, ovens and fridge-freezer in order to allow the complete preparation on the spot of the food offered to the guests. The kitchens may be used alternatively or at the same time depending on the type of service requested and the number of participants. The first kitchen is situated in the wing of the Portico and it’s ideal for the service inside the porch or in the rooms nearby. The second is located near to the Egyptian rooms and also serves the Hall of the Palaces the Hall of the Armour.
For disabled guests Villa Curti offers two toilet rooms, one at ground floor and one on the first floor, and a modern lift to reach the first-floor spaces.
In the Palaces’ Hall there is a wonderful portal of the XIV century which comes from a house property of Pigafetta’s family of which there is still the coat of arms. On the walls, many photographs of ancient Palaces of Vicenza. Four wooden horses, faithful copies of the bronze statues of San Marco in Venice, are located in the Hall.
The paved Portico, very elegant, presents 13 arches which open as large windows in the park. Its privileged location allows to be repaired from breezes and at the same time enjoy a pleasant coolness during hot summer days. The wooden portal, which leads to the portico, is worthy of note, being in origin one of the three gates of the Castle entrance in the centre in Vicenza.
The Rooms of the Monastery, so-called because internally are exposed two splendid wooden handmade pieces from an ancient convent, may be used in support of the adjoining rooms or for events of medium sized.
On the first floor in the Portico area there is the Red Room which can place up to 240 persons comfortably seated at tables in a room that is air conditioned and heated with 18th century armour along the walls
In the Armour’s Hall there is, placed alongside the walls, a valuable collection of armour and helmets of the Curti’s family.
In the Egyptian Hall there is on display a collection of prints of the mid 800 with subjects inspired to the architecture and the Egyptian history. In the centre of the room there is a charming fireplace dated 1500.
The Park, that surrounds the Villa, has two entrances, one on the North side and one on the South, this with an enormous and impressive iron artistic gate. It has about 1500 plants, many centenaries between which a black pine 23 metres high of about 150 years, an elm and a rate. The avenues to the Villa are flanked by numerous statues of eighteenth-century from the school of Marinali, one of the most important sculptors of Vicenza. Near the Southern entrance there is also a small amphitheatre of last century, with two paleo Christian urns.