Ca’ Marcello’s centuries old park

The  whole  park  is  90.000  square  meters  wide  and  surrounds the villa on every side.
The  Marcello  archive  disappeared  in  a  fire,  leaving much  to speculation. A garden is  not thought to have existed here  until the  eighteenth  century, when  the   house was  impressively renovated  for  large-scale  entertaining.  In  that  period  the  new façade was enriched adding the semi-columns, the balconies, the lateral loggias, and the series of statues on the tympanum and  the  terrace.  The  comparison  between  18th  century’s  front façade  and  the  back  one  is  very interesting:  the  back  façade has  remained  unchanged  since  16th  century,  more  rigorous and sober with its Palladian classical stamp.

The centuries-old park can be divided in two different architectural areas: the Italian garden and the English garden.

The Italian style garden

In front of the villa the Italian Garden holds eighteenth and nineteenth century statuary of mythological figures, centred around a fountain and simple grass parterres. There are several flowering plant varieties, which flourish alternatively from April to October. From this point you get a complete view of the lateral arcade wings (barchesse). On each side the gate piers are surmounted by statues of the Four Seasons, with Winter depicted as an old man and Summer grasping a scythe. This austerely elegant lay-out was put in place in the twentieth century to replace a fussier, nineteenth century composition. The more recent introduction of soft powder-blue plumbago in pots successfully lightens the severity of the stone.

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The English park

Continuing  the  walk  in  the  wide  and  luxuriant  English park, through long rows of hornbeams, lime trees and oak trees you can find some essences which are  very rare in their longevity. It  is  worth  mentioning  the  three-hundreds-year  old  hornbeam and liriodendron, which are among the oldest in Veneto. Trees of  particular  interest  are  also  the  age-long  red  beech and plane.  A  small  portion  of  the  park  is  dedicated  to  the nursery
and   to   the   flowers.   Apart   from   the   naturalistic-botanical
heritage, the walk leads the visitor to an picturesque sixteenth-century dove cote (colombaia),  used for breeding the pigeons (useful  to  send  daily  messages  to  Venice,  but  also  exquisite ingredients of many traditional Venetian recipes). You can also see  a  private  chapel  and  a  large  fish-pond  (obtained  by  filling the  quarry,  needed  to  build  the  house,  with  running  water). Some  parts  of  the  park  are  left  as  woods  with  age-long trees and  numerous  statues  representing  animals  and  realistic  or fairytale characters (among them the curious series of “the  dwarfs” and of the “musician monkeys”).