Homes with History: Romantic Villa in Verona, Italy

Made famous as the setting of Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, Verona is an Italian city that exudes history and romance. Naturally, this Renaissance-era villa features plenty of both, as its remarkable gardens and ruins give way to an estate built in the 1500s. As they explore, guests will also see a chapel, grand hall and courtyard.

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Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cofim Immobiliare, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Renaissance-Era Villa and Vineyards in Italy

From up above, Verona, Italy looks as picturesque as a postcard, with vineyards and groves of olive trees stretching into the distance. An avenue lined by cypress trees leads to the Renaissance-era villa.

Avenue Lined With Cypress Trees

There's something so idyllic about driving through a tunnel of trees, don't you think? This avenue sets a charming tone as guests turn off the main road and approach the historic villa.

Italian Villa Dates Backs to 1500s

The Ca' Vendri villa sits on an impressive 10 acres of land and features numerous buildings, as well as an enchanting garden. The property was commissioned by the Giusti family in the 16th century and completed by renowned architect Michele Sanmicheli.

Traditional Nymphaeum in the Garden

To the left of the circular drive, a nymphaeum hides a Gentilitiaò chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. The feature, which was a stone monument consecrated to the nymphs in ancient Greece and Rome, is at home in the garden.

Greenery Flourishes on Nymphaeum

Flowers and greenery flourish among the nymphaeum's ruins, while stone staircases lead to the little chapel on the hill. As varied as their garden is, the owners always have a reason to explore its many different areas.

Columns Convey Sense of History

The nymphaeum's columns have certainly remained strong and steadfast over the years. The cracks in their surfaces are like badges of honor, true testaments to the passage of time.

View of Driveway and Garden

From the top of the nymphaeum, one can look out over the circular driveway and see to the other side of the garden. Along the way, tall trees provide shade and privacy.

Generously-Sized Circular Drive

With 2,400-square-meters of living space, the villa needed a driveway just as generous in size. This gravel one certainly gets the job done, giving the owners plenty of room to park their cars.

Romantic, Renaissance-Era Villa

Be still, my heart! With a weathered facade, gorgeous green shutters and a double staircase, this Renaissance-era villa truly looks like something out of a Shakespearean play.

Fountain Enhances Villa's Charm

As if the villa weren't romantic enough, a stone fountain in the front yard only enhances its charm. On pleasant days, the feature provides soothing ambient sound and becomes an idyllic spot to read.

Fountain Includes Center Statue

Notice how the statue in the center of the fountain draws the eye straight down the tree-lined avenue. Whether they're arriving or just departing, guests will surely enjoy the sight.

Gravel Driveway and Details

Believe it or not, but the villa is only a 10-minute drive from the city center and a quick 20-minute trip from the airport. Gravel, meanwhile, was a smart choice for the driveway, as its earthy hue complements all the gorgeous greenery.

Villa Inspires Thoughts of Romeo + Juliet

Even without a balcony, it's easy to imagine Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet delivering their soliloquies outside of this Renaissance-era villa in Verona, Italy. As they ascend the stairs, guests will feel as though they are walking into the next Act.

Detailed Look at Villa's Exterior

Symmetry shines across the villa's exterior, with a double staircase and sash windows on either side of the entrance. A closer look reveals fresh, flowering vines as well.

Mediterranean-Style Entrance Hall

The villa is actually divided into three floors, with a heated indoor pool and atriums on the ground level. The first level, seen here, boasts a grand hall with centuries-old ceilings, terra cotta floors and antique furniture.

Eclectic Dining Room for Entertaining

Those terra cotta floors continue into the dining room, where a tulip table with matching chairs seats five guests. Though the table is more modern, a neutral finish helps it fit with the home's antiques.

Villa Opens to Courtyard

The back of the villa is just as lovely as the front, with large archways and soaring columns. Windows fill the interior with natural light and offer a glimpse of the courtyard from inside.

Atrium Completes the Courtyard

Directly across from the villa, an atrium encloses the courtyard. Notice how the structure's stone archways and tall columns complement the architecture of the main house.

Castle-Like Building Attached to Atrium

At the far end of the courtyard, a stone building with a tower evokes thoughts of an ancient castle. When paired with the atrium's carefully preserved columns, the space seems to transcend time.

Courtyard Includes Strolling Paths

Imagine walking through the courtyard, listening to the hum of the afternoon and enjoying spectacular views of the villa and atrium. The courtyard's gravel paths not only make this possible, but seem to strongly encourage it as well.

Back View of Renaissance-Era Villa

We've said it before and we'll say it again: this villa looks like something out of a dream. Whether they're looking out from the stone balcony or descending the double staircase, the owners will feel like royalty among such enchanting surroundings.

Hidden Hallway Beneath Villa's Balcony

Below the balcony, tucked just out of view, is a hidden hallway that leads to the indoor swimming pool. Vines climb the stairs and make each feature seem all the more alluring.

Corridor Guarded By Roman Statues

From the moment they enter this corridor, guests will find themselves speaking in hushed whispers. Two statues bearing the likeness of ancient Romans stand guard at the door, granting access only to those worthy of entering the pool.

Double Doors Reveal Swimming Pool

Broad, black doors open to reveal the heated swimming pool. Though the water seems to go on for miles, it's the vaulted ceilings that we really can't take our eyes off of.

Indoor Pool Features Terra Cotta Tile

Terra cotta floors wrap around the swimming pool, complementing the villa's Mediterranean style. Meanwhile, two archways lead to the dressing rooms, bathrooms, atriums and kitchen that comprise the ground level.

Villa at Golden Hour

The afternoon sun casts a golden glow across the villa's exterior, making it seem all the more romantic. Can't you just picture two sweethearts proclaiming their love for each other here?

Villa Overlooks Charming Courtyard

It's true: there's something beautiful around every inch of this courtyard. From the ivy-covered wall to the stone steps and view of the villa, this outdoor space is simply stunning.

Courtyard Doubles as Entertaining Space

One perk of having such a spacious courtyard? The owners can easily host a party beneath the stars. Just picture a tent, dance floor and string lights decorating the lawn -- and don't forget the wine!

Atrium Allows for Dining Al Fresco

On sunny days, the atrium offers the perfect amount of shade. If the owners wanted, they could even outfit the space with a table and chairs for dining al fresco.

Villa Framed By Atrium Columns

The atrium's stone columns frame the villa like a painting. A bench sits directly in front of the vignette and so encourages visitors to pause and admire it.

Atrium Leads to Unexpected Alley

Through the atrium, the owners and their guests can easily access an alley that leads to the back of the property. Here, wood doorways and cobblestones help put history right at their fingertips.

Arch Becomes Natural Focal Point

From the wood doorways to the iron gate, the alley behind the atrium is rich with symmetry. In turn, the center arch becomes a natural focal point and draws the eye back to the villa.

Iron Gate Offers Additional Privacy

At night, the owners can close the iron gate for an added layer of privacy. The lantern, meanwhile, offers a guiding light back to the courtyard.

Alley and Back of Atrium

Through the alley and past an iron gate, guests will soon arrive at the back of the atrium. Two stone benches offer a place for visitors to sit and experience a new view of the property.

Atrium Complements Villa's Architecture

With its weathered siding and stone steeples, the back of the atrium also speaks to the villa's historic architecture. Notice how you can still see the Renaissance-era estate clear through the alley.

Stone Walls Surround Historic Villa

Though unassuming, stone walls surround the property. Over the years, plants have grown in the cracks and so speak to the villa's history as well.

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