villa montanari

The Villa


Valpolicella is the hilly area to the west of Verona between the left side of the river Adige and the Lessinia mountains. Historically it includes the villages of Negrar, San Pietro in Cariano, Marano, Fumane and Sant’Ambrogio.
In Roman times Valpolicella used to be the ideal holiday location for noble families, since it is quite close to Verona. They were also attracted by the mild and temperate climate, the so-called micsroclimate, and by the cultivation of grapevines, from which the well known wine “Acinatico“ was produced.
The first document concerns the discovery of a castle in the Valle Provinianensis between the district of San Giorgio and the Valley of Marano and dates back to the 11th century. It refers to the castle of Monteclo, built on a hill in the 10th century.

“Palazzo Montanari” is a 14th century private estate, located on the hill of Bure , in the heart of “Valpolicella Classica”.
The dovecot-tower is the oldest building and in the “Della Scala” period it was used as a look-out point, as part of Verona’s defence system.
Under the domination of the Venetian Republic the need to defend the territory abated and there was an increasing interest in cultivating the land.
In the second half of the 15th century this estate with its “casamenta”, (private residence), vegetable garden, farmyard, “caneva” (cellar), and “brolo” (enclosed vineyard) was turned into housing.
In the following three centuries it became an aristocratic estate with large rooms for parties, “roccolo” (hunting lodge) and a little chapel.
The location of the villa allowed the noble families to manage the land, carry out religious functions and administer justice.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the entire complex has remained more or less the same, preserving its old charm of both a fortified tower and a typical 18th century country villa.
The villa contains several frescoes from different historical periods. In the oldest part they are related to the themes of war, whereas in the newest parts the scenes are more joyful and related to country life.