Venetian Villas: Dominio di Bagnoli
Agriculture, tourism, wine and local cuisine
Follow me on the route of this Palladian Villas Tour: approaching Dominio di Bagnoli, my tour is getting more and more some kind of wine tour!
The transport of wine seems to have been a real problem for the ancients. The Romans and the Longobards had discovered the Friulano vine variety here at Bagnoli di Sopra, that produced a wine very easy to transport due to its acidity: basically a travelling wine!
Dominio di Bagnoli looks like a South American fazenda, so huge that can be fully seen only flying over it, on a small touristic plane (there is also the landing strip!).
In the middle of the farm, Villa Widmann – Borletti (from 1917), projected by architect Baldassarre Longhena in the 17th century. It is a typical Venetian Villa: the building overlooks a typical Italian garden, with beautiful statues that represent some characters of Art Comedy (the Italian writer Goldoni used to practise some of his works here).
At the bottom of the garden there is a gate leading to the Brolo, an enclosed space connecting the Villa to the vineyards and the wide farmland. Borletti Family -who owns Bagnoli estate- realized soon the importance of linking together agriculture, tourism and local cuisine. They are enhancing the historical value with a cellar museum and the restoration of granaries, where nowadays big wine&food events take place. Moreover, an outbuilding has been turned into some rooms and apartments to host tourists.
Goldoni praised this amazing Villa in his writing:
Bagnoli xe un logheto cussì belo,/Cussì ben fato, e pien de simetria,/ Che poeta no gh’è, no gh’è penelo/ Che ve possa mostrar cossa lu sia./Nol par minga una vila, ma un castelo/ Una contea, o qualche signoria./ Chi no crede sta roba vegna quà,/ Che, come ogn’altro, el resterà incantà.
(Bagnoli is such a beautiful place,/so well conceived and balanced/that no poets neither paintbrushes/could show how it looks/A castle instead of a Villa/a county, a seigneury/Who doesn’t believe it should come here/and he will be enchanted, as everybody else)