History

storiaIn 1316, the Fracanzan family purchased lands and buildings in Orgiano. These formed the original nucleus of the present villa complex.

During the centuries that followed, the Fracanzans played an active part in local politics and contributed to the improvement of the surrounding territory, in conformity with the Republic of Venice’s land reclamation policy.

By the beginning of the eighteenth century, the Fracanzans had established themselves as one of the most eminent families in Vicenza and as a means of consolidating their image, commissioned Francesco Muttoni, an architect from Lugano, to plan a villa and garden for them.

The villa became an important literary salon and was the home for many years of Elisabetta Turra Caminer (Venice 1751 - Orgiano 1796), the first female journalist of her time and famous for her enlightenment ideas.

The village of Orgiano was centuriated by the Romans and later settled by the Longobards, and it has continued to be involved in the historical events of succeeding centuries. The villa was occupied by Napoleonic troops after the battle of Arcole, and by Austrian soldiers in 1866. During the First World War it was commandeered by Italian troops, and in 1945 by the Wehrmacht.

In 1870 the Fracanzan assets were taken over by the Orgian family and subsequently passed to the Piovene family.