The history of Villa Cagnoni Boniotti

The begin of the fairytale…

The complex of Villa Cagnoni Boniotti is situated in Gognano of Villamarzana (RO) in the middle of Polesine between the two small towns of Villamarzana and Fratta Polesine, and between the Adige and Po rivers. The historical complex represents a significant intervention by the venetian aristocracy as part of the agricultural reconversion occurred between the 400 and the 500. We decided to retrieve it with a conservative restoration in collaboration with the Superintendence of architectural heritage and and landscapes of Verona and the IRVV (Regional Institute of Mansions of Veneto); and the mansion became the core of various B&B activities and location for events (weddings, conferences, cultural events).


The complex of Villa Cagnoni Boniotti represents a great productive and architectural intervention as part of the reconversion of the agricultural and merchant capitals, that had a remarkable impulse in the second half of the 500. Indeed, in some documents found by Professor Secchiero, the mansion was built in the 1589. Since 1850 the mansion belongs to our family, Cagnoni who is our grandfather, and Boniotti our grandmother.

The mansion became a settlement model of structure composed by the clerical unit of the main house, and the productive unit of the Colonnade and the waterway linking axis, which is in this case the Valdentro canal. This settlement model can be also found in Villa Bodoer in Fratta Polesine, its most important example.


We’ve established that the mansion in those years belonged to the Bolognese painter Lucia Casalini who married a painter from Verona, Felice Torelli. The couple opened a “small shop of art” so Lucia Casalini (1677-1762) could implement the teachings of her cousin Carlo, and she was so talented that she had some commissions by the king of England and the queen of Spain.

Successively the mansion was used by the carbonari, probably from Fratta Polesine, for their secret meetings. They left some evident traces inside the mansion such as a fake cantonal which opened up a backstairs and so at the entrance of a tunnel, that story goes that it continued until the near Fratta Polesine. A hole in the wall of the mail stairs allowed the carbonari to spy the enemies and shoot against possible pursuers.

The Architecture Of The Mansion

The master’s building, in line with the erection typical of the rural architecture of Palladio mansion, reminds the rustic little building, that is enriched in the main entrance of the mansion, and the corresponding door-window on the hall of the first floor, with two decorative interventions in Vicenza stone, in good state of conservation. In the ground floor, there is a stony insert recall the bugnato theme, maybe in indirect reference to Palazzo Roncale of Rovigo, of which conserves also the intervention sequence of the top stairs, in this case a rounded-arch opening with a double overlapping order of lesene with a frame on the top.

Another prestigious element is represented by a denticular frame of the late Renaissance that surround the entire perimeters of the attic of the building. Less evident, but not less important, is the surface treatment reserved to the plaster of the corner, in continuity with the portal of the ground floor.

The Architecture Of The Colonnade

The Colonnade reminds Palazzo Roncale of Rovigo,the south prospect in particular. Here, the plant is similar to that building. From an architectural grammar point of view the only difference is represented by the Doric pilasters in Gognano, due to the location in the ground floor, and the ionic pilasters in Rovigo. The Colonnade had a double use: residential and productive. The residential part took up one third of the space, and it was located in a corner towards the mansion.

The productive part and the storage part occupied the remaining space, that is still characterized by some impressive spaces of the ground floor, once used as a granary. Therefore, the complex of Gongano between the architectural language and its agrarian environment has a unitary meaning.

The restoration

The restoration of Villa Cagnoni Boniotti, is exclusively conservative, and it was finished in September 2012 after 4/5 years of works. We have started from the Colonnade because it had some serious problem of stability. Thanks to the “cutting and stitching” restoration works of the walls and above all of the tie-beams, we saved the structure. We have turned a part of the Colonnade in a B&B with four bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, a kitchen, and a breakfast room. In the right side there are services for open-air events and at the end, where once there was the stable, now we have turned it in a hall for little conferences with another space adjacent for coffee breaks.

The mansion, luckily, didn’t have structural problems and its restoration lasted one year. At the ground floor, we were able to save a big part of the historical tile floor (second half of the 500) and the central hall, typical of the mansions of Veneto, isa where we held the majority of the events. An area of the mansion is entirely available to the caterings that collaborate with us. We also have an office and two lateral available rooms. In the noble floor, we chose a wood floor, a salon e the four lateral rooms are all available during the events.

Once the farmyard has been fixed up, we have remodeled the park with new grass and trimmed the plants, everything enriched with flowers such as roses, asters, etc.


Villa Cagnoni Boniotti offers…

Villa Cagnoni Boniotti For…


Villa Cagnoni Boniotti is an enchanting noble mansion is surrounded by green beautiful gardens, and has countless fascinating places to make every moment of your wedding simply magical. The wedding can be held in the summer, in our wonderful gardens, in the shadow of our suggestive secular walnut trees or inside our mansion heated up by the chimneys, in the winter. Our mansion offer beautiful wintry weddings as elegant and as comfortable as the summery ones, and there’s also the possibility of celebrate your wedding during the week for an affordable price. Surround by a romantic landscape, fitted with every kind of comfort. Villa Cagnoni Boniotti is the ideal location for you wedding.

Villa Cagnoni Boniotti Per…


The unique recurring events of your life deserve aN unique environment in order to enhance emotions the meant to be indelible. Villa Cagnoni Boniotti is an architectural jewel integrated in perfect harmony between history and modernity, and it can be the perfect frame for your birthday, communion, baptism, confirmation and anniversary parties. Thanks to the near little church baptisms can be celebrated directly in our mansion, and thanks the versatility of its environments can held classy wedding receptions in the background of a wonderful park. The multitude of environments allow a great flexibility alternating indoor and open-air beautiful places. The mansion indeed can host the events inside its structure, and outside underneath the Colonnade’s porch or in the suggestive park.

Villa Cagnoni Boniotti For…


Villa Cagnoni Boniotti is the perfect location for business meetings, conferences, conventions and custom made events. The strategic position of the structure even by a logistic point of view, is easily accessible from the Transpolesana, and it’s situated between Padova and Rovigo, and it’s 1 km distant from the toll booth of Villamarzana , of the A13 highway, and near the Valdastico highway . Our mansion can accommodate 200 persons, meanwhile the wide porch of the Colonnade has a seating capacity of 150 persons. The Colonnade at its intern is composed by two rooms: a huge room that can contains up to 50 persons, and another one where can be set up fancy coffee breaks. Our rooms are tastefully furnished and their atmosphere reserved and aristocratic at the same time, make them perfect for conferences, debates and parties.

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