Palazzo Martini

Palazzo Martini sorge nel cuore del paese di Mezzocorona, avvolto nel verde dei vigneti e del giardino, e ben rappresenta una tipica dimora di nobiltà di campagna del tempo. Di semplice e garbata eleganza, l’edificio padronale a due piani, risale alla seconda metà del XVII° sec., e nello stile concilia il decoro della nobiltà con il temperamento contadino, semplice e concreto.

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Palazzo Martini

Palazzo Martini is located in the heart of the village of Mezzocorona, nestling in the greenery of the vineyards and the gardens. It is perfectly representative of the typical residence of the country aristocracy of the time. Simple, yet elegant and refined, the main building on two floors dates back to the second half of the 17th century and the style combines the sophistication of the aristocracy with the simple, practical temperament typical of the country folk.

It was built by the De Vescovi Family and then passed on to the noble family of the Counts Martini, originally from Riva del Garda but resident in Calliano at the time. It was the dowry of Teresa De Vescovi, who married the Count Carlo Martini (1714).

The 17th-century facade features some remarkable stone embellishments around the windows and the access portal and is enriched by a fresco depicting the Holy Family dated 1663 and by the crests of the De Vescovi and Martini noble families. The first one appears over the portal, while the second one is carved in stone and inlaid by the side of the entrance.

The windows on the first floor are barred, while those on the second floor feature some refined hexagonal leaded glass and are topped by small oval windows that illuminate the ceilings. The northern side of the Palace looks onto a small courtyard shaded by birch trees. The severe facade is interrupted by the projecting Erker (oriel window), an architectonic element typical of northern countries, where the continuous row of windows captures the light at all times of day.

The frescoes, embellishments and furnishings spread around inside the palace represent centuries of history and styles, from the 18th to the early 20th century.

On the ground floor, from the right side of the portal, it is possible to access the estate office that was once used for the administrative procedures of the large farming business. Next to it are three little utility rooms featuring a characteristic vaulted ceiling.

The actual home was on the first floor and featured a dining room, two bedrooms and a living room with some remarkable decorated tiled stoves dating back to the 17th and 18th century.

The richly decorated second floor was used for formal occasions and to host important guests. The ceilings of the two main halls are adorned with some remarkable canvases painted by Joachim Anton Mayr, a leading artist of the Trentino Baroque movement, while the refined decorations that can be admired in the "Sala delle Feste" (ballroom) and in the library are the work of Giovan Battista Le Gru, a French artist who lived in Verona in the late 18th century. Some paintings by unknown artists, dating back to the 17th and 18th century, depict a number of noblemen.

The whole complex is completed by a rich collection of prints dating back to between the 18th and early 20th century: especially worthy of note is the series of family portraits painted by Count Lattanzio Firmian in the mid-18th century. The second floor also hosts the tiny chapel with the South-Tyrol-style altar piece dedicated to the Virgin Mary, dating back to the late 18th century.

A number of rooms still preserve their wooden coverings: in the bedrooms they are simple and decorated with flowers and round paintings depicting historical and cultural figures, or views in the living rooms.

Facing the palace is the pleasant garden, where a huge Bohemian oak tree watches over the building. Going southwards from the garden, it is possible to access the largest of the two vineyards that surround the building complex, while, to the west, a gate leads to the paved inner courtyard with the original centre that was part of several fortified farmsteads of the Rotaliana Plain and thus dates back further than the private building to which it abuts on one side.

Here the barrel-vaulted ceilings, the livery stables and the large hay and grain barns on the upper floor are built around the square courtyard that feature the typical stairs and wooden balconies running the whole length of the building. To the north-west, access to the other vineyard interrupts the continuity of the buildings.

In 2003, the last generation of the Counts Martini sold the building to the Cassa Rurale di Mezzocorona (savings bank), which on special occasions opens this architectonic jewel of our village to the public. The most important of these special occasions, offering the chance to enjoy the ancient atmosphere of this place, is without doubt the “Mostra del Teroldego” (dedicated to a famous local red wine), held every year at the beginning of September in this splendid setting worthy of one of our finest local specialities.

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Via Dante, 8 - Mezzocorona

Mercoledì, 22 Aprile 2015 - Ultima modifica: Lunedì, 20 Marzo 2017