Two Days at the Palazzo Rosso Farm in Vicenza, Italy

| October 31, 2009
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A sampling of grapes at Palazzo Rosso

While in Italy, we had the good fortune of staying at the Palazzo Rosso Farm, which is a sprawling 400 property 15 kilometers south of the historic city of Vicenza and 1 kilometer from the beautiful Colli Berici Hills. We were the guest of one of Donna’s long-time friends from high shool who recently decided to pack up and work from Italy for three months. The farmhouse is a 400 year old building that has just been completely restored while retaining all its original features like beams, stone walls, and fireplaces. The quality of the restoration was top notch and exceeded all of our expectations. I thought this was definitely a place that I could come back to.

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The vineyard and farmhouse at Palazzo Rosso

The grapes on the vine were free for the sampling and tasted great. As you can see from the photo above, the scenery was quite beautiful with vineyards and farmland on one side and rocky cliffs on the other. In the distance we could see church steeples and Palladio’s Villa Capra “La Rotonda” glistening on the sunlit hillside. The light was great when we arrived at the farm so I did not waste any time getting my camera out to take a few shots around the property

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Tempting colors and textures of the grapes at Palazzo Rosso

There were a few abandoned buildings on the property that had obviously seen better days, although the patina of their surfaces blended seamlessly into the surrounding landscape adding to the charm and atmosphere of the farm. We walked the entire farm that night and watched the sunset before retiring to the poolside for a few glasses of local wine and a night at the local pizzeria.

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An abandoned structure at Palazzo Rosso Farm

The next morning I got up early to try and capture the the quite calm and thick atmosphere of what was sure to be a misty morning sunrise. Cindy’s daughter and I walked the property again to take pictures and discuss the merits of composition in photography. After an hour, our shoes were thick with mud, which we promptly cleaned off before walking to the local cafe for a very good cup of one Euro cappuccino with Donna and Cindy.

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Vicenza Sunrise at Palazzo Rosso Farm

I encourage everyone to stay at a place like this while in Italy. Getting away from the tourist crush to sample some of the true local flavors of Italy is a very rewarding experience. There is plenty to do here beyond relaxation with a great selection of local sites and miles of beautiful countryside. We were less than a hour from Lago Garda of James Bond fame, which will be the subject of a post in the near future. Ciao for now!

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Category: Italy, Photography, Travel