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The Doge’s hat was kept in this box!

The Doge’s hat was kept in this box!

There are many unusual objects conserved in the villa: this instrument is an example (called a balotin) 	which was used for elections. The voters would insert the balota (a ball) in the white part of the red part of the balotin to express their vote. The secret element of the vote was upheld by the fact that no one could see where the ball was placed. It is from this system of voting that the Italian word ‘ballottaggio’ (ballot) derives.

There are many unusual objects conserved in the villa: this instrument is an example (called a balotin) which was used for elections. The voters would insert the balota (a ball) in the white part of the red part of the balotin to express their vote. The secret element of the vote was upheld by the fact that no one could see where the ball was placed. It is from this system of voting that the Italian word ‘ballottaggio’ (ballot) derives.

Villa Chiericati-Rigo, Designed by Andrea Palladio in 1550s, Vancimuglio, Veneto, Italy. World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Villa Chiericati-Rigo, Designed by Andrea Palladio in Vancimuglio, Veneto, Italy. World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The family name Marcello seems to have origins in the joining of the words ‘mare’ (sea) and ‘cielo’ (sky) which are represented in their coat of arms (but perhaps this is just legend).

The family name Marcello seems to have origins in the joining of the words ‘mare’ (sea) and ‘cielo’ (sky) which are represented in their coat of arms (but perhaps this is just legend).

villa emo  Location: Fanzolo di Vedelago (Treviso District). Accessible by car from Venice (45km).    Hours: May to September only:    Monday, Wednesday-Friday 2:30-6:00 p. m.  Tuesday: 3:00-6:00 p. m.  Saturday: 2:30-7:00 p. m.  Sunday: 10:00 a. m.-12:30 p. m., 2:30-7:00 p. m.  Telephone: 0423/476-414 or 476-334  Fax: 0423/487-043

Accessible by car from Venice Hours: May to September only: Monday, Wednesday-Friday p.

The great pigeon coop once was home to a thousand doves, which were used to feed the habitats of the villa. The dove is considered to be a very precious bird and the nobility preferred it to chicken and turkey.

The great pigeon coop once was home to a thousand doves, which were used to feed the habitats of the villa. The dove is considered to be a very precious bird and the nobility preferred it to chicken and turkey.

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