Palazzo Rosso Farm and Holiday Rental Apartments

Longare – Vicenza

Palazzo Rosso Farm and Holiday Rental Apartments

Palazzo Rosso is a historic 17th century Villa with 7 holiday rental apartments on a 400 acre organic arable farm with 20 acres of vinyards, 15 kms south of the beautiful Unesco world heritage city of Vicenza, in the heart of the Veneto countryside near Venice in northern Italy.

In 2006 one of the barns of Palazzo Rosso was painstakingly restored to offer 6 holiday rental apartments and a swimming pool.

The farm is owned and run by Silvia Zini and her husband Philip Frankland with their two children Peter and Daniela.

Palazzo Rosso has been a working farm since at least the 17th century (we found a map from 1624 with the Villa and farm already visible). It is made up of 400 acres of arable farm. We grow a variety of crops such as Wheat, Mais, Soia, Sugar beet, Sunflower, Rape Seed, Barley, Potatoes, Alfalfa and Rye Grass. We also produce grapes for a local wine cooperative, which include Pinot, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.


We have 6 holiday rental apartments built into the south facing wing of Palazzo Rosso. The 400 year old building was completely and lovingly restored in 2006, retaining all original features such as beams, solid stone walls, fireplaces etc.

During the restoration we installed solar panels to produce both electricity and hot water and a heat pump heating/cooling system to ensure that the entire building would be completely energy efficient and independent.

There is a 300 square metre, 10 metre high beamed barn for guest use, paved with local stone. A 13.5×6 metre pool with jacuzzi jets was installed in the spring of 2008. There are extensive gardens for guests on both sides of the building, as well as an orchard and paddocks for our animals, which include Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, Cows, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Chickens, Turkeys, Geese, Ducks and Cats and Dogs ! The building faces south and has views out over our farmland, with a river and the Berici hills to the west, the Villa courtyard garden to the north and our 15 acre Vineyard to the east.

There is also a 110 square metre Common room on the ground floor with a kitchen and table for 14, bathroom with shower, computer and printer, Tv, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3, Pool table and Table Football. On the first floor there is also a very big covered outdoor terrace (140 square metres) with tables and chairs and a great view out over the south facing garden, pool area, paddocks and our farm.

In the Autumn os 2019 we restored an old stone building in the courtyard garden to accommodate a Hot Tub and glass Sauna which look out over the garden and towards the Villa. We also have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment available for rent in the barn of an old restored farmhouse which is called The Mulberries with a 10m x 5m above ground pool with a 2 acre garden and a 200 metre tree lined driveway.

The beautiful city of Vicenza is a 20 minute drive from Palazzo Rosso and is a Unesco World Heritage Site and the home of the world famous Architect Andrea Palladio. There is a cycle track in front of the farm which winds its way 15 kms to the centre of Vicenza and 20 kms south along a river and parallel to the Berici Hills wine road.

Other important places of interest nearby include Venice, Verona, Padova, Treviso and Lake Garda  which are all less than an hour’s drive (or train ride) from Palazzo Rosso. Other beautiful locations nearby include Bassano del Grappa, Marostica, Asolo, Cittadella, Soave, Montagnana and Mantova, Ferrara and the famous Ferrari town of Modena as well as Trento, Belluno, Rovigo and the Delta del Po and Trieste.

There are also many beautiful day trips to the mountains nearby such as Asiago (Altopiano dei Setti Comuni), Lavarone and the Piccole Dolomiti and Pre-Alps between Vicenza, Trento and Belluno.

Nearby beach trips are the Adriatic Coast of Chioggia and the Venetian Islands of Pellestrina etc.



  • Bike/e-bike rental
  • Educational farm
  • Farm day experience
  • Donkey trekking
  • Cooking class
  • Private day excursion in Vicenza
  • Nordic walking in the Berici Hills
  • Day Spa in Euganean Hills
  • Walking tour in Padova
  • Palladio Villas tour
  • Private day excursion in the Prealps of Vicenza

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