In Agordo you can see the northernmost Venetian villa in the Province of Belluno: Villa Crotta de Manzoni, overlooking Piazza della Libertà, right in the middle of town.
Normally the villa is closed, but you can admire the building from the outside or even access the interior during events or when opened on special occasions.
This elegant mansion was the home of the Crotta family first and then of the De Manzoni family, both administrators of the Imperina Valley Mines.
Its current appearance came about by joining two pre-existing buildings into a luxurious villa complete with stables, commissioned by Francesco Crotta, and subsequent interventions made over the years.
Running all around the palace is a fence, erected in the 18th century, adorned with fifteen statues with classical themes by Cencenighe Agordino stonemasons Vincenzo Mazzarol and Simon De Biasi. Also built in this era was the villa’s beautiful inner courtyard with the fountain.
In the garden, the “Toreséla,” a Gothic-style ornamental tower built for recreational purposes at the behest of Antonio De’ Manzoni, will certainly catch your eye.
Here, with the spectacular view of Monti del Sole and the Pale di San Martino, the family entertained their guests during the summertime. Unfortunately, you cannot tour the inside of the building for safety reasons, but it, like the entire villa, deserves to be admired from the outside, as you take a nice stroll through the streets of the centre of Agordo.
Independent tours of only the outside (QR code for historical notes)
Outdoor/indoor with/without guide by reservation – Garden with advance notice.Contact information: email@example.com – Phone: 334 164 5354
- The former stables of the villa turned into the Museo dell’Ottica or the Luxottica Optics and Eyewear Museum.