Villa Giusti del Giardino called La Guastalla Nuova

Villa Guastalla Nuova, of the fifteenth century (mid ‘400 ), is structured in the manner late Renaissance. It was inhabited by the family Spolverini, a race that had many interests; subsequently became the property of the family Muselli and finally the family of Giusti del Giardino. Today the villa is owned by the family Dal Santo

At one time the house was the hub of various activities with its warehouses and laboratories with a fund of 150 fields of wheat, millet, grapes and mulberries and with the necessary spaces for the cultivation of the silkworm and silk production.

In the days of the Risorgimento villa accomodated the then italian King Vittorio Emanuele II.

It was restored by the owners, after periods of war, especially after the military occupation of World War II, and retains all the charm rational; the large loggia overlooking the noble double staircase access is charming and graceful at the same time. It looks strange, with a squat, square central opening that extends to the sides, with three well-proportioned arches. 

The upper part shows an elegant pediment with a coat of arms important and deliberately out to show off the value of the house.

The central building extends to the side wings restrained taste and opens onto a large courtyard with garden.

The court is, of course, closed to preserve the privacy of the lords and their guests, according to the ancient customs of the ancient Romans already, surrounding on all sides, service buildings, cottages, barns, farm houses, largely covered by pleasant green of the vines and massive towers, which may have been used by both military observers as dovecotes.

The central building at the western end, bordered with a roof garden while to the east includes the baroque chapel, dedicated to St. Mary, which houses the tombstones of the family Spolverini – Dal Verme.

The interior of the house retains terracotta floors and beamed ceilings in the day, except in those plants that have vaulted roof.

As they used to, when the modern conservation techniques were not available, the villa is equipped with a giassara (icebox), buried under a mound of earth planted with trees and guarded by a circular capital, with six columns supporting a roof cuspidate, erect in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron of animals and Christians in the country.

Not too far away, in a strategic crossroads, is another capital, much more modest, but certainly no less significant. It’s dedicated to St. Vincent de Pauls, protector, in France, of the tenants, and that, therefore, he was called perhaps in the terrible moments of the devastating late blight, to extend even to us his good wishes.

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  • Via Guastalla Nuova, 1
    37060 San Giorgio in Salici VR
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