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Castello del Catajo

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Castello del Catajo

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J L wrote a review Sep 2018
New York59 contributions36 helpful votes
A pile of a buildings with no real core. Additions done with little thought for the whole. The frescos are very fresh and numerous but show very average artistic merit. Lots of visitors run through this castle despite its lack of substance or design. The garden is not particularly well maintained or interestingly laid out.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from marcom9847, Direttore at Castello del Catajo
Responded Oct 1, 2018
Dear visitor, the Catajo castle is one of the most fascinating buildings in Italy for its historical stratification. Different eras and different owners have been able to add new areas with the ability to always integrate them with the previous ones and with the surrounding landscape, with a result of bundled harmony. Its architecture has been conceived as a large open-air theater made of terraces and courtyards for theatrical performances and where the surrounding nature is a marvelous scenography, something very different from "A pile of buildings with no real core. Additions done with little thought for the whole ". The perfectly preserved frescoes inside are 500 years old and are the work of Giovanni Battista Zelotti, one of the most important exponents of the Venetian Renaissance. The cycle of frescoes in Catajo Castle is unique in its genre because it represents a first case in the Venetian Renaissance art history, it is in fact the first cycle of self-celebrating frescoes, thus representing a case for the history of art. Its importance is - among other things - well described in a beautiful book just released in your city, New York, by Irma B. Jaffe "Zelotti 'epic frescoes at Cataio" which describes its importance at best. The castle has indeed many visitors, most of them can fortunately understand these immense values perfectly.
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Anthony H wrote a review Aug 2018
Krailling, Germany338 contributions25 helpful votes
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We received a private tour as part of the social program.at a meeting. The castle and grounds are quite beautiful and they are in the process of creating it to its former grandeur. The rooms which are finished contain beautiful frescoes, each telling a story of the powerful family that owned the castle. They were invoked with the kings in England as well as the Medici family and Venice. There is often a mixture of styles and symbolism. Our guide had a very heavy Italian accent, which actually added to the experience.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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izif_37 wrote a review Jun 2018
Ljubljana, Slovenia2,821 contributions1,040 helpful votes
The castle - Vila is huge and really something special! Actualy it was built as vila, but the owners liked an idea of having castle, so they built up walls, but they are not really meant for serious defence. The history about family is interesting and can be seen like a cartoon on beautiful frescoes. The castle once had 350 rooms, but ir was left in bad shape and the new owners are working hard to renovate it step by step. So by visiting it we also support that! Dont forget to visit the lovely garden as well!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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quantockm wrote a review Oct 2017
Taunton, United Kingdom309 contributions137 helpful votes
Unlike some other visitors experience we had a really excellent guide who spoke in both italian and english. The tour was unhurried with plenty of time to view the fantastically fresh frescos which tell the family history ( both real and untrue!) Worth every euro.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Blossom S wrote a review Jul 2017
Arzignano, Italy741 contributions126 helpful votes
The place are huge but only few room available to visit for €9 is little bit expensive for what you get. Everything is close you have to waiting the guide open for you, and after that she close again let another group coming and would be nice put information every room on every picture and direction to go, instead have guide. keep you on rushing can't enjoy at all. No guide English speaker but they have the guide book in English but not so detail.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from AndreaDFC, collaboratore at Castello del Catajo
Responded Aug 5, 2017
Dear Blossom, We are very sorry that your experience hasn’t been positive. Catajo Castle is not a public museum but a private property. We are obliged by law to provide guided tours, it is a way for us for guaranteeing people’s safety within the Castle, given the huge dimensions of the building, and a way to ensure the preservation of the frescoes. We provide bilingual tours (usually Italian and English) during the week (on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons) only on Sunday we provide visits in Italian only (given the fact that on Sundays 99% of the visitors is Italian). When the tour is provided in Italian only, we provide our visitors with a booklet in their language, so they can follow the tour. At the moment, as you remarked, only a few rooms can be seen, but the tour does not only consist in that: the tour is an itinerary of about 1 hour and 10 minutes, that includes the frescoed halls of the Noble Floor, two terraces with panoramic view of the Euganean Hills, corridors hollowed out in the rock of the mountain, and a monumental park of 14000 m2 that visitors can see on their own. Best regards, The Catajo Castle Management
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