Mussolente

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Mussolente
Comune
Comune di Mussolente
Mussolente is located in Italy
Mussolente
Mussolente
Location of Mussolente in Italy
Coordinates: 45°47′N 11°49′E / 45.783°N 11.817°E / 45.783; 11.817Coordinates: 45°47′N 11°49′E / 45.783°N 11.817°E / 45.783; 11.817
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Vicenza (VI)
Frazioni Casoni
Area
 • Total 15.36 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Elevation 117 m (384 ft)
Population (31 December 2007)[1]
 • Total 7,615
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demonym Misquilesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36065
Dialing code 0424
Patron saint SS. Pietro e Paolo
Saint day 29 June
Website Official website

Mussolente is a town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. It is north of SS248.

Points of interest[edit]

The town has two villas of architectural interest: Villa Drigo and Villa Negri. Villa Drigo was originally called the Ca' Soderini after the noble Florentine family for whom it was built. After decades of decay, it was bought in 1900 by Giulio Drigo who restored the building and its surrounding park (considered one of the finest in the Veneto region). The writer Paola Drigo (Giulio's wife) lived in the villa for many years and managed the estate on her own after her husband's death in 1922. A description of her life in Mussolente can be found in her autobiographical novel, Fine d'anno, published in 1936.[2]

Villa Negri was designed in 1763 by Antonio Gaidon (1738–1829) for Antonio Negri Miazzi, a nobleman from nearby Bassano del Grappa.[3] Gaidon also worked on the design of the Chiesa della Madonna dell'Acqua (Church of the Madonna of the Water), which stands on a hill overlooking the town. The former parish church of Mussolente, it was constructed on the site of previous medieval churches and consecrated in 1802. The church was declared a sanctuary in 1964 and entrusted to the Priests of the Sacred Heart. A painting of the Madonna and Child by Andrea da Murano (floruit 1462–1502) hangs above its main altar. The church's bell tower is separate from the main building, and at its base stands a ruined chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas.[4][5]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ Giancotti, Matteo (5 October 2004). "La scrittrice e il suo parco. Così rinacque Villa Soderini". Corriere del Veneto. Retrieved 21 September 2014 (Italian).
  3. ^ Farinella, Calogero (1998). "Gaidon, Antonio". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Vol. 51. Treccani. Online version retrieved 21 September 2014 (Italian).
  4. ^ Bonaldi, Mario and Bordignon, Vasco. "Mussolente - Il santuario della Madonna dell'Acqua'. Bassano del Grappa e dintorni. Retrieved 20 September 2014 (Italian).
  5. ^ Semenzato, Camillo (1961). "Andrea di Giovanni, detto Andrea da Murano". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Vol. 3. Treccani. Online version retrieved 20 September 2014 (Italian).

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