Villa Odino

Historic Residence - Green Vacations - Romantic Lodgings - Airport Hotel

     
Character: Very gracious riverside mansion with its own large park.
Advantages: Centrally located; very friendly management; easy and inexpensive 19-minute train ride from Venice.
Location: In Quarto D'Altino, a tiny town 10 km from Marco Polo Airport, 25 km from Venice and 15 km from wonderful Treviso. Any location in the Veneto is an easy day trip from here, including Lake Garda and Cortina D'Ampezzo. Click here to see the map for Villa Odino.
Size: Thirty guestrooms, including singles, doubles, triples, junior suites, suites, and ten rooms near the pool, some of which have private gardens.
Features: Elevator, direct dial telephone, wireless Internet access, satellite TV, pay TV, piped radio, air conditioning, mini-bar, wall safe, modern bathrooms, all with hair dryer, some with Jacuzzi showers or bathtubs. Some rooms overlook the river or garden, some are non-smoking. Bikes available, swimming pool, 24-hour room service, gourmet restaurant 200 yards away, price includes breakfast.
Minimum stay: One night.
Disadvantages: Honestly, we can't think of any!
Car needed: Not if you are planning to use this as a base for visiting Venice or the local towns. To tour the countryside, having a car is better.

     

Every year In Italy Online hands out a very unofficial Favorite Italian Town award, and in 2001 the hands-down winner was Treviso. Few foreign travelers have time to make it to this peaceful haven just outside Venice, and a scant number of tourists is one of the cardinal virtues essential to make any list compiled by our very picky committee. But perhaps what most makes a town one of our favorites is that it has an unmistakable character all its own, some ineffable atmosphere that would allow you to know exactly where you were even if you were flown here blindfolded from halfway around the globe. Treviso has this in spades, mainly thanks to the enchanting network of fast-flowing streams that is an integral part of the town's urban layout. Park your car anywhere along the avenue outside the ancient walls, stroll through any ancient gate, walk down any cobblestoned street and within five minutes you will be crossing a footbridge over one of those streams, which lap the very foundations of the venerable old palazzi. The locals, who seem to have a real penchant for colorful flowers, grow them in boxes beneath practically every window, and even on the slats of the giant water wheels you encounter every now and then. Many of the second-floor façades are lined with wooden balconies vaguely reminiscent of the one favored by Juliet who did, after all, live just down the road in Verona. There is a sleepy provincial air about Treviso - add to this its intrinsic beauty and its fabulous cuisine (this is the home of radicchio, and it's nothing like the stuff you find at the supermarket, believe us!) - and you have a place which infects you with its lazy appreciation of the good life. And after all, isn't the good life - La Dolce Vita! - what we all go to Italy to experience?

One of Treviso's streams flows under the walls and wends its way through the Veneto countryside for a handful of miles, bordering the lush lawns of countless patrician estates such as Villa Odino, which occupies a riverbank near the tiny hamlet of Quarto D'Altino. Thousands of years ago this spot marked the northern extremity of the Flaminia, the consular road built by the Romans for their Alpine warfare. The first Christian emperor, Constantine, made the town a Bishop's See, and after that prosperity ruled until 452 AD, when Altino was annihilated by none other than Attila the Hun. Centuries passed, during which barely a mouse stirred in this wasteland but then, in the 16th century the Venetians reclaimed it and erected a little country church here. Eventually, in 1563, the Bishop of Torcello, that most exquisite and eminent cathedral in the Venetian Lagoon, had a luxurious summer home built for himself. The property was passed from prelate to prelate, undergoing many renovations, until finally, in 1990, it was purchased by the Pasini family to be converted into a hotel. During the long and painstaking process of bringing the gracious old beauty back to life, the family's paramount concern was to respect the centuries of history that were built right into her walls. Today, when you stroll along the riverside or throw open your windows and gaze across to the far shore, it only takes the blink of an eye to imagine what it must have been like here 100 or 1000 years ago.

Luckily for us, the plumbing belongs to the 21st century! Each of the 20 guest rooms in this stunning 4-star hotel offers direct-dial telephone, wireless Internet access, pay-TV, piped radio, satellite TV, mini-bar, air conditioning and wall safe. There are non-smoking rooms, rooms overlooking the river or the garden, two suites with whirlpool bathtubs (one of which has two separate rooms), three junior suites with a sitting area and single or double sleep sofa, one junior suite with a single and a double sleep sofa, and single rooms with three-quarter size beds. Each room has a beautiful marble bathroom with tub or shower. There are also ten brand-new rooms in the guest house near the pool. The five superior rooms on the ground floor have private gardens and Jacuzzi showers. The rooms upstairs (deluxe, junior suite and suite) have tubs. Every morning you'll find your choice of complimentary newspaper just outside your door. Take it with you to breakfast, served buffet-style in the sunny dining room or beneath an umbrella on the patio. Be sure to try some of Signora Pasini's homemade pastries along with your fresh fruit and espresso.

V illa Odino's location makes it a superb base for visiting the entire Veneto, including Venice, Verona, Padua, Vicenza, and the Paladin villas along the Brenta. The train to Venice takes just 19 minutes and costs only 4 Euro each way (free parking is available at the train station). In the summer a boat leaves every morning and sails down the river to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, with time out for lunch on the island. Just outside the property is an entire nature reserve which you are welcome to explore, perhaps on one of the villa's bicycles. Of course you'll want to set aside a day to visit beguiling Treviso. And as always, we remind you to schedule some time for relaxation. Whether you decide to cool off in the 20X40-foot swimming pool or sunbathe on the "beach" next to the river, you are certain to encounter some of that Dolce Vita that pervades this little known part of the Italian peninsula.

     

     


For this property:
A child 0-3 years old sleeps free in its parents' double room.
A child 4-12 years old pays 20-25 Euro/night in its parents' double room. The hotel has a bar, front desk and room service, all of which operate 24 hours a day. Light snacks are also served at the pool.
There are two double rooms and one junior suite on the ground floor of the original villa; the remaining rooms are up one flight of stairs.
Special rates are offered for hotel guests at a characteristic restaurant only 200 yards away.
The hotel provides a shuttle service to and from the local train station. It costs 2 Euros (return service) for adults and 1 Euro (return service) for children up to 12 years old; children up to 3 years old are free. You can request this service from the hotel once your booking is reserved.

Please note that you need a car to stay here.

As of September 1, 2011, a City Accommodation tax of 1-5 Euro/person/night will be charged by the property at your departure. The exact amount depends on the time of year and is subject to change at any time.

It is not possible to guarantee Internet access at any property, because the property does not generate the service, it merely provides access from a server. If the server experiences any kind of problem at all, the property regrets it cannot be responsible for any inconvenience caused by subsequent lack of service.
Distances from Villa Odino
Venice 25 kilometers
Treviso 15 kilometers
Marco Polo Airport 10 kilometers
Verona 114 kilometers
Padua 38 kilometers
Vicenza 67 kilometers
Milan 272 kilometers
Bologna 160 kilometers