Historical background of villa pastello
The main building dates back to the early 19th century, whereas the adjoining buildings are older, dating back to the mid-18th century.
The villa was the noble country residence of the counts Ruzzenenti-Fasanotto. Over the years, it hosted the general Eugene de Beauharnais (appointed Viceroy of Italy by Napoleon), who left a scroll to thank the owner for the hospitality received.
It was also used as a military headquarters and the handles on the entrance gate resemble Austrian soldiers. It is said that prisoners were held on the top floor of the main building. The wooden doors have a hole at the top to look inside and a larger hole at the bottom, which might suggest a gap that was used for passing food through.
Originally, the estate of the villa also included an orchard at the front and agricultural land, which was sold over the years.
After careful restoration in line with the principles of bio-architecture, the villa has retained its architectural features and its charming history. Special attention has been given to the details of furniture in rooms, with sculptures and paintings by Maria Grazia Fiocco, and all comforts (hydromassage) are ensured.
It has recently obtained permission to provide catering services for weddings and events. Currently, it is also home to the professional design studio of Maria Grazia Fiocco.
Maria Grazia has created design projects for many companies including Pozzi-Ginori, Ideal Standard, Ceramica Dolomite, TVS, Ballerini and Mori Produzione Inox. If you are lucky, you might witness the creation of some future products or creative works.