The lands on which the Fioravanti Onesti wine is cultivated today has an antique history, object of historical and architectural studies.
As of 1680, in fact, in various documents the “Villa da Lezze” is spoken of as being designed by the most celebrated architects of the era, the Venetian Baldassarre Longhena, already famous for having constructed important buildings such as the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and Cà Rezzonico in Venice. Among the many recollections, the description of the magnificent palace written by Lorenzo Cricco in his journey in 1832 is sufficient.
…of this the luminous example of the grandiose building, which was erected in this province by the celebrated architect of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Baldassare Longhena, in Rovarè, for the Nobleman da Lezze. There are pleasant memories (the sublime structure no longer exists) of the imposing structure of that palace, which could have served for the sojourn at court of a prince. One cannot describe the magnificence of the staircases, the width of the loggia with frontespizio, held up by isolated marble columns; the sublime halls so lucid, decorated with stuccoes of great craftsmanship, and many modelled statues, with parapets of communication to the many upstairs rooms. One cannot describe the profusion of marble, of the grandeur of the rooms, leading to pleasant gardens bathed with fisheries and ponds; among the fragrance of orange trees together with statues, and flanked by long orangeries and cool porticoes and leafy paths.
A long silence covers perhaps a fire, or a demolition of the Villa, so as not to pay the taxes imposed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Of the remains of the great palace, there is only a tower, some ‘barchesse’ now turned into storerooms and orangery. The main house was moved into these buildings.