History

Castello di Roncade is one of the most unique examples of living Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. It is the only pre-Palladian villa to be surrounded by Medieval walls with crenellations and towers. The Castello stands right in the heart of Roncade, a small town in the Veneto countryside between Treviso and Venice.

It sits on the ruins of a tenth century castle given to the Collalto Counts by Emperor Otto II. Indeed, the original castle was destroyed by Cangrande della Scala.
 It was only in the sixteenth century that Girolamo Giustinian, a member of the Venetian aristocracy, set out to rebuild the castle upon the ruins of the former edifice. He built the complex as we can still see it today.

Castello di Roncade is one of the most unique examples of living Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. It is the only pre-Palladian villa to be surrounded by Medieval walls with crenellations and towers. The Castello stands right in the heart of Roncade, a small town in the Veneto countryside between Treviso and Venice.

It sits on the ruins of a tenth century castle given to the Collalto Counts by Emperor Otto II. Indeed, the original castle was destroyed by Cangrande della Scala.
 It was only in the sixteenth century that Girolamo Giustinian, a member of the Venetian aristocracy, set out to rebuild the castle upon the ruins of the former edifice. He built the complex as we can still see it today.

The walls, towers and moat of the Castello were finished a few years before the main villa itself, which dates back to 1508. The stately residence was designed by renowned Venetian architect Mauro Coducci - whose works also include the clock tower in St Marks Square in Venice.

The portrait busts of Girolamo Giustinian and his wife Agnesina Badoer are now treasured in the private chapel of the Castello. The members of the Giustinian family, were eminent figures in the history of the Venetian Serenissima Republic. Among others, the most prominent were Doge Stefano and Marco Antonio, the first Patriarch of Venice, and the Blessed Nicolò Monaco and Eufemia.

The walls, towers and moat of the Castello were finished a few years before the main villa itself, which dates back to 1508. The stately residence was designed by renowned Venetian architect Mauro Coducci - whose works also include the clock tower in St Marks Square in Venice.

The portrait busts of Girolamo Giustinian and his wife Agnesina Badoer are now treasured in the private chapel of the Castello. The members of the Giustinian family, were eminent figures in the history of the Venetian Serenissima Republic. Among others, the most prominent were Doge Stefano and Marco Antonio, the first Patriarch of Venice, and the Blessed Nicolò Monaco and Eufemia.

The beautiful formal gardens are quite entirely surrounded by medieval walls, and can be admired as you go through the gate between two round towers. The walls are surrounded by a moat and by thriving vineyards. The gate opens to a driveway, flanked and guarded by statues that represent Venetian soldiers known as “schiavoni”, which leads to the Giustinian Villa. Four towers, one at each corner of the gardens, stand boldly, three of which exquisitely renovated and now house the guest apartments of Castello di Roncade.

The villa was the residence of the Giustinian family for nearly four centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century the Venetian branch of the family was extinct, and the Castello was sold to the Ciani Bassetti family, who are still today the owners of the entire property. An image of Castello di Roncade is printed on the labels of the wine bottles and represents the family’s great love for this corner of the Venetian region.

The beautiful formal gardens are quite entirely surrounded by medieval walls, and can be admired as you go through the gate between two round towers. The walls are surrounded by a moat and by thriving vineyards. The gate opens to a driveway, flanked and guarded by statues that represent Venetian soldiers known as “schiavoni”, which leads to the Giustinian Villa. Four towers, one at each corner of the gardens, stand boldly, three of which exquisitely renovated and now house the guest apartments of Castello di Roncade.

The villa was the residence of the Giustinian family for nearly four centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century the Venetian branch of the family was extinct, and the Castello was sold to the Ciani Bassetti family, who are still today the owners of the entire property. An image of Castello di Roncade is printed on the labels of the wine bottles and represents the family’s great love for this corner of the Venetian region.