Ponton is a small village of the high Valpolicella located along the Adige River. Here the Veronese Nichesola are present since the ‘300. It is plausible though that the actual Villa, of San Michele school, was built over some pre existing constructions.

From the northern road two consecutive portals, so that to form a small courtyard, with pilasters with rustications and cusps on top of it, lead to the courtyard of the Villa where there still is the terracotta flooring. A third portal, east of the first one, leads to the walled vineyard cut by a sumptuous avenue of cypressus.

To the renewal works of the building, initiated in 1580 by Fabio Nichesola, followed the widening wanted by the son, the canonical Cesare. The idea is to bring back the plant of the house of the antiques, with the construction of a structure having six arches on rusticated columns connecting the two parts previously seen, decorated by Paolo Farinati with false architectures. On the large loggia with portico are the openings of the rusticated frames uneven to the three aligned halls that house the antique collection of the Nichesola family, converged into the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum of Verona.

The three halls with pavilion ceilings and monumental fireplaces are frescoed by Paolo Farinati with monochrome mythological scenes amongst false architectures. Northwards the three halls face the garden articulated on three levels linked by stairs. In ‘500, the garden was renowned for its collection of rare flowers and plants.

On the terracing of the garden, on the level of the halls, alongside, opposite to the same, is the artificial grotto with a rustic ashlar finish, in part mutilated, surmounted by cymatium. A wide central opening inserts into the rectangular with three apses l habitat from the grotto adorned by spongy creations, lime stones, shells, stalactites and, in the parts with are free of encrustation there are frescos by Paolo Farinati. Three marble basins are enclosed in niches, while the pavement (eighteenth century) presents strips and cylinders in red and white marble that adorn parts of an elaborate mosaic design in black and white cobblestone.
West of the buildings there is a rectilinear path coming from the Adige River, delimitated by a small wall with overturned arches and stone balls, where are inserted pilasters with rustications finished by balls. It is probably a framework in order to support a pergola.
In 1613 ended the secular presence of the Nichesola and after many passages the Villa is sold, in 1683, to the Mocenigo da San Samuele, whom owned it until 1798. Again after many passages and tragic events, like the plundering by the Austrians in 1848 and the damages of Second World War, the restoration of the complex did finally initiate.

The Villa Nichesola today

Once a manor house, Villa Nichesola is located in the Colognola ai Colli old town centre, 15km from Verona, on what used to be the Via Postumia. The villa is situated in a truly strategic position near Verona, the ancient Terme di Giunone (Caldiero- VR) and the hills on which the renowned Soave DOC Classico and Valpolicella wines are produced. The bed & breakfast is ideal for those wishing to spend a few days relaxing in the surrounding park or by the pool, attend performances in the Verona Arena or visit one of the many wine cellars in the area. What is more, the riding schools and the cycle paths nearby provide plenty of open air activities, and the villa is also the ideal location for business meetings.

The old stables of the villa were converted into Corte Nichesola, made up of four prestigious apartments available to rent for holidays. Just a few kilometres from Verona and close to the famous Wine Trail and the ancient Terme di Giunone (an ancient Roman spa), the Corte with its adjacent swimming pool is perfect for families who want to be independent. Every apartment has all the mod cons: separate entrance, exposed beams, terracotta tiling and antique wooden floors, a fully-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, phone and Internet connection. The furnishing, personally chosen by the owner, gives the rooms a friendly and informal atmosphere.

The Villa Nichesola bed & breakfast has three finely furnished bedrooms, perfect for a relaxing stay. The strategic position of the villa, located near Verona and the surrounding hills where many prestigious wines are produced, enables guests to try out the local specialities of the Verona area, to travel around on foot, by bike, car or motorbike, and to visit Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Guests will be able to visit many picturesque sights, famous squares like the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, go to the opera in the magnificent Verona Arena or to international fairs such as VINITALY and Marmomacc.
Each room is furnished with great care to detail: exposed beams and wooden floors giving the rooms a homely feel. An adjoining reception room enables guests to relax while watching TV, read a book from our library or surf the Net. A Italian breakfast with fruit and local specialities will be provided either in the dining room or in the garden.

VILLA NICHESOLA Via Marconi 8 - 37030 Colognola ai Colli (VR) Tel. +39 045.7650201 Fax +39 045.7652903 Mobile +39 349.7924810 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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