A (hi)story of hospitality
Hospitality at Villa Quaranta has ancient origins.
From the old «hospicium» to the following post house, a history of hospitality developed and culminates now in the top-level accommodation standards provided by Villa Quaranta Park Hotel.
The roots of hospitality
The oldest part of the current building complex, i.e. the small church of S.Maria dell'Ospedale, dates back to 1218 and was probably associated to a hospice, a «hospicium» that was already mentioned in 1141. The seventeenth-century Villa was first documented in 1653, while other buildings were later erected around the church.
At the beginning, the Villa belonged to the noble family Quaranta, but later it changed hands at different times between the 1700s and the 1900s and different noble families became its owners in turns. It is located on the Statale del Brennero trunk road, in front of a former post house (probably dating back to the XVIII century) called 'La Dogana' (The Customs).
The centre of Ospedaletto arose and developed originally as a rest stop on the route toward Austria and a part of the Villa functioned certainly as a lodging that also provided refreshments to travellers.
Its guests also include one prominent figure. In 1822, Russian Emperor Alexander I arrived and stayed at the Villa during his travel to Verona - where he had an important international meeting with the delegates of the Holy Alliance States.
Today, reception and accommodation at Villa Quaranta Park Hotel continue this long history of hospitality with modern, high-level standards.
The villa, in brief
Built around the half of the XVII century, the Villa is surrounded by the evocative parkland area and the landscape gardening of the Italian Garden.
The Villa extends on three floors and displays the first Baroque trend signs, even though its overall architectural style is based on simple lines and a rigid central symmetry. Its windows and doors are embellished with cornices above which trapezoidal decorative elements are visible. The most interesting architectural feature is the central three-arched loggia located on the piano nobile (the lords' living floor).
Inside the villa, there are a waiting room and a large hall with a vault ceiling - called Salone degli Zar ('The Emperors' Hall'). Both of them are decorated with wall paintings representing bench backrests. A marble staircase, featuring little angel plaster works, leads to the upper floor where the Loggia dell'Angelo and the Salone delle Arti are located. The Loggia dell'Angelo provides a beautiful view onto the park, whereas the Salone della Arti has frescoed representations of countryside scenes.
The other rooms are named after people related in various ways to Villa Quaranta history.
Finally, outside the Villa and near the entrance, a plate reminds of Alexander I Emperor of Russia.