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Venetian Villas: Ca’ Marcello

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The young boy Jacopo Marcello has been travelling for ten years to study and work, then he decided to come back to his parents home, in the village Levada di Piombino Dese. His forefathers arrived in Venice during the 7th century… Pay attention, the 7th, not the 17th! The nobility of their family is confirmed by some legal papers since 900 a.C. (and not 1900!).

Jacopo often talks about the other Jacopo Marcello, his forefather who lived during the 15th century. He had the great idea to carry 44 ships by land from Venice to the Lake Garda, where his family defeated the Visconti family and conquered Brescia through a naval battle. There was another Jacopo Marcello, a venetian admiral who conquered the Puglia region, but he died during a battle in Gallipoli: his sailors were so devoted to him that they nailed his dead body to the bow, so he could continue to lead the fleet. The famous musician Benedetto Marcello (the one of Adagio mentioned in Anonimo Veneziano) was one of his relative.

Jacopo tells me about all this in his Villa, Ca’ Marcello. We spent some time in a room frescoed with the the story of Alexander the Great, in honour of the marriage of a Jacopo’s great-great-grandmother named Alessandra. Then he shows me another historical artistic attraction in the villa: the bedroom adorned with stucco printed before it became harder by a group of sculptors. The villa is from the 16th century, then it has been restored in the 18th century.

Nowadays Jacopo Marcello wants to cultivate the “Villa culture”: he takes care of preserving this cradle of history and art. Jacopo also organizes in person the welcome to his villa. He promotes different events and didactic works and most of all he asked to include his house in the organization of the Venetian Villas: different itineraries start from Ca’ Marcello and go through many other Palladian Villas or exhibits and tours near Vicenza and Treviso.

 

Syusy and Jacopo Marcello in front of the Villa

Syusy and Jacopo Marcello in front of the Villa

 

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Syusy Blady

Accidental tourist. Her main passions while traveling: history, archaeology, spirituality, mysteries.