Castello del Catajo

Category

Castles, villas, palaces

Period

1500s

Area

Padua

Presentation

Considered among the most 'unusual' of the Villas of the Veneto, it has served as a mansion, ducal palace and an imperial residence. In 1570 the Catajo Castle was conceived by the Obizzi Family, one of Renaissance Europe's foremost providers of mercenary forces, as their theatre to receive and amuse their guests. Soon it became an imposing stately palace where parties, dramas and balls unfolded. Further expanded during the 1800s to make room for the court of the Este Archdukes of Modena the Castle eventually became a residence of the Habsburgs, Emperors of Austria. At the Catajo you'll find the walls of the castle dotted with defensive towers and a labyrinth of passageways between courtyards; loggias, stairs for horses that leads to the piano nobile can all be enjoyed at this picturesque site. You can marvel at the perfectly preserved Gianbattista Zelotti's fresco paintings, telling the story of the Obizzi family in 40 panels, one of the most important Renaissance pictorial cycles.

Services on location

? Acqua
? Corrente elettrica
? Servizi
? Ascensore
? Parcheggio
? Possibilità di pernottamento

Contact

info@castellodelcatajo.it