Outside, the beauty of Villa Cornaro’s exterior shines. From the small, labyrinthine front garden to the spacious, you-can-see-forever backyard with its grass-covered brick footbridge that crosses over what used to be a peschiera (fishpond) to the ornate gate at the property’s edge.
The scenes are so atmospheric that I’m almost tempted to ask the Gables if they’d consider taking me on as a renter. One of the broom closets will do just fine.
NOTE: Villa Cornaro is open year-round to groups of ten or more by appointment only. To book, email email@example.com or call +39 049-936-5017. Visits by individuals are limited to the May-September period on Saturdays only from 3:30-6:00 p.m. For more information on Villa Cornaro, visit the official Villa Cornaro website, or read the book Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House by Sally and Carl Gable.
Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog The Palladian Traveler.com, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based TravelingBoy.com, and is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.”