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 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 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.