La Scuola Guesthouse
La Scuola is a charming B&B located in a peaceful authentic Italian village between Venice and Lake Garda in the yet to be discovered region of Veneto.
Feel like a Venetian nobleman!
Perfect location to visit Venice and the Dolomites.
Ideal for families and groups who like to mix their luxury escape with art and architecture.
How would you describe Villa Veneta in a nutshell?
The villa is an amazing mix of Art Nouveau embellishments and a classic Italian villa where the interior artworks and garden work together.
What is the story behind Villa Veneta?
The villa was first established in the 16th century with only two floors and we have many documents detailing its development into the three-storey structure seen today. In the early 20th century, it was refurbished by a man who loved the Art Nouveau style and combined elements of this with the existing structure.
We are originally from the Veneto area but have been living away for most of our lives. When we returned a few years ago for business, we decided that we wanted to purchase a property in the region and fell in love with the villa at first sight. We began living there four years ago and it was such a privilege to own. Unfortunately, work meant we had to return to Barcelona and Milan a year ago, so we decided to rent it out to guests.
In your opinion, what makes Villa Veneta so special?
Because of the original frescoes, the Art Nouveau decorations and our contemporary art collection, you really breathe a lot of art inside the villa. It’s also a green paradise with more than 200 plants — it’s like being on another planet! While there is lots of privacy, you never feel isolated as the villa is just a short walk from the centre of Treviso.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Villa Veneta?
It’s like living as the aristocracy did two centuries ago, with all the charm of that period but with modern amenities.
Is Villa Veneta best suited for adults or families with children?
The villa is fantastic for families as it is very safe and the property is enclosed. You only need to take care of young children around the lake. Even pets are welcome to stay. In my opinion, the property is best for a big family or a group of friends, but we have also organised team building weeks for companies. There are plenty of rooms where you can hold seminars and large spaces for working together, as well as two kitchens if you want to hold cooking competitions. It’s very versatile. The only thing is that we don’t rent out rooms to separate groups or guests as the communal areas are all shared.
You enter through the main gate into a big park and are greeted by the facade of the villa. It’s set across three main floors, plus a basement, an attic and a few terraces. Behind the villa is a discreet patio with a fantastic barbecue and the swimming pool, as well as the lake. There are a total of 5 bedrooms for 10 people, one bunk room for up to 4 children and an extra sofa bed for another 2 adults or 2 children.
On the ground floor is a large kitchen, the main ballroom and the music room with a Steinway & Sons piano. It’s also here that you’ll find the winter garden, which is inside the house but feels like you are in the middle of the park. There's a TV room with a 65” HD screen and a large dining room that can seat more than 20 people.
On the first floor, you’ll find a salon where you can read or listen to music and two bedrooms. One is directly connected to the master bathroom and the other has exclusive use of a separate bathroom.
The upper floor is an independent apartment with its own entrance, Provence-style kitchen and a terrazzo where you can enjoy elevated views across the park. The apartment features two double bedrooms and another one with bunk beds for children, as well as stairs that lead to an attic romantic double bedroom with an independent bathroom.
Layout: Four floors with 1 big living room, 1 ballroom, 2 studios, a winter garden, music room with Steinway & Sons tail piano, 2 fully equipped kitchens, an independent apartment, 3 terraces and an attic, 4 bathrooms and a service toilet, plus basement and laundry.
We have a 13x4-metre swimming pool (that’s not heated) and there are sun loungers, a big umbrella and a patio with a large round table where you can dine alfresco. Aside from playing mini-football, there are also bicycles for guests to borrow and a small boat that you can use to row and fish on the spring-fed lake. It’s incredibly clean but a chilly 13-degrees Celsius throughout the year! There’s also a Tesla charger and covered parking for five vehicles, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and a laser printer.
On request, we can organise everything from a personal chef to a masseuse and manicurist or a private chauffeur. Guided tours can be organised into Venice or the surrounding region and security surveillance of the property is also possible, although it’s not necessary.
I’d highly recommend visiting some of the small towns nearby, such as Asolo and Possagno where Antonio Canova created many of his marble works. If you are into architecture, you can visit the Brion Sanctuary, which was designed by Carlo Scarpa and attracts architecture students from across the globe. Also not to miss is the Villa di Maser, considered one of the world’s best examples of a Palladian-style villa.
We have very good connections with some of the region’s top prosecco producers — Bisol and Bortolomiol — and can organise tastings on request. I’d particularly recommend this if you are visiting in September or October during the harvest, which is such a great experience. The regional cuisine is also highly unique, combining seafood from the Adriatic Sea with products grown in the Veneto region. Not to miss dishes include polenta and baccala.
Venice is an easy day trip from Treviso and I’d recommend a cruise on the Venice Lagoon to visit the vegetable gardens of Sant’Erasmo and the Orto di Venezia winery. We also have a friend who is a Michelin-star chef at Caffè Quadri overlooking Saint Mark’s Square, so we can make reservations for guests there if you’re after a stylish lunch or dinner.
In the summer months, you can easily spend a day at the beach of Lido di Venezia or coincide your visit with the film festival in September.
Villa Veneta is located in Treviso, an ancient city that’s surrounded by defensive walls in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. It’s positioned in a quiet residential area (no loud music is allowed after 11 pm) but in just eight minutes on foot (or four minutes by bicycle), you can be in the heart of the city.
The Treviso railway station is an eight-minute drive from the villa and it’s easy to reach from both Treviso Airport and Venice Marco Polo Airport. Venice is 38 kilometres away and is easily accessible by car in 25 minutes or by direct train.
Treviso is like a small Venice, with lots of canals, natural springs and immaculate architecture. Its waterways (città d’acque) and tranquil atmosphere alongside its art and attractions, frescoes facades, a maze of streets lined with arcades and the ancient walls make the perfect base to visit Veneto and enjoying a quiet Italian break.
The centre is pedestrianised, so it is really easy to walk around and there are great bars and restaurants serving high-quality cuisine. Because Treviso is so close to Venice, not a lot of people know about it. But everyone who does visit is surprised by its beauty and gastronomy. It’s also close to Cortina where the Winter Olympics will be held in 2026 and in just over an hour, you can be in the Dolomites.
The best months to visit are September and May when the weather is not too hot and a lot of things are happening in the natural world. But of course, June, July and August are also good and great for relaxing by the swimming pool. Easter is also nice because of the festivities and it would be quite a special experience to stay around Christmas/New Year’s during the ski season.
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