Mossano


How to get there: 20 km south of Vicenza, driving down the statale 247 Riviera Berica road. Panoramic road from Vicenza: from Monte Berico take the provinciale Dorsale dei Berici road and turn left to Mossano.

Villa Pigafetta Arnaldi Camerini in Montruglio

This architectural compound is located on two perpendicular axes: on the one side, the manor house, built at the end of the 17th century by architect Pizzocaro, on the other the 18th-century farming side-building by Muttoni, who also designed the crest on top of the manor house's facade.
The main hall was frescoed by Francesco Aviani in 1714. The statues are a work by the Marinalis.

Via Montruglio, 9
Tel 0444.886838
Fax 0444.776138
website: www.villadimontruglio.it May-October: 1° Wednesday of every month: free entrance 10am-12am. Other days: visits on previous request. Entrance fee: € 6,00. Groups (min.10 people): € 4,00. Disabled: € 4,00. Children under 10: free entrance. Partial disabled facilities. Available for private ceremonies. Large parking area.

The Prisons

This remarkable site, now in the grounds of Villa Giulia, was created by skilfully carving out of the side of the hill rooms, windows, gates and staircases, as well as a beautiful pillared hall. The main building is 50 sm large and 12 m high. All around the main building, ramparts were digged out of the mountain. This building is first mentioned in 14th-century documents, were it is described as an abandoned place of unknown origin: it must be then very ancient. The name vescovado (of the Bishop), by which it is also known, probably hints to the fact that it was once used as an outpost for the soldiers who guarded his properties in Mossano.

Tel 0444.886704
Cel.347 2914152 (Presidente Pro Loco)
Fax 0444.776046
Visitable on request with at least 20 days of advance (0444 886704). Free entrance. Partial disabled access. Bus and car parking area available.

S. Bernardino's Cave

Inside S.bernardino's Cave were found the oldest traces of men's presence in the province of Vicenza. Many researches have been carried out on this spot, most recently by Professor Alberto Broglio. Uranium-Thorium datings say the findings are about 250.000/150.000 years old. The cave is however famous because of the massacre of civilians that took place here during the Cambrai War.
On the walled entrance to the cae, we can still see a fresco of S Bernardino, who allegedly spent some time here in meditation. Inside, there is a bas-relief of a Madonna and Child, proof that this cave used to have a religious meaning in past times.

Comune di Mossano
Tel 0444.886704
Cel.347 2914152 (Presidente Pro Loco)
Fax 0444.776046
Ref: Pro Loco Mossano
Visitable on request with at leat 15 days of advance (0444.886704). Free entrance. Disabled facilities. Car and bus parking area available

Villa Giulia

The villa, which was variously modifies during the centuries, was first built for the Veronese Montanari family in the 16th century. Here there lived that Theofilo Montanari whose wife and children died in the massacre of S.Bernardino's cave. Theofilo's and his second wife's daughter Gaspara married Carlo Ferramosca, who beacame the villa's new owner. The villa was eventually inherited by Paolina Ferramosca, who gave it to the Nunnery of S Giustina of Padua.
In 1633 the nuns sold it to the priest Don Agostino Borgo, who because of his debts lost it to the Donà family from Venice, who owned it up to the 20th century.

Via Garibaldi

Mills' Valley Path

Tel 0444.886704
Cel.347 2914152 (Presidente Pro Loco)
Fax 0444.776046
Ref: Pro Loco Mossano
Guided tours on request with at least 20 days of advance (0444 886704). No fees charged. Car and bus park available.

Villa Montruglio Le Prigioni Villa Giulia Mill San Bernardino's Cave