Villa Foscarini Cornaro, built around the middle of the sixteenth century and home of the most beautiful names of the Venetian aristocracy, represents a gem of Renaissance architecture set in the green of the Venetian countryside, not far from the ancient Roman city of Oderzo and a few kilometers from Venice and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The noblewoman Elisabetta Cornaro Foscarini was born from one of the most prestigious families of Venice, the Cornaro. Four times a relative of the noblewoman went up to the doge's seat, while her sister, Caterina Cornaro, became Queen of Cyprus. In 1712 he married the prosecutor of San Marco Pietro Foscarini . The groom, born on 26 October 1680, also held the post of "captain of Vicenza". On 29 August 1745 Pietro Foscarini died leaving the widow Elisabetta the usufruct of all his possessions.
Elizabeth, also called " the Procuratessa ", retired to the Palladian villa of "Gurgus Molendinorum" (Gorgo dei Mulini), also known as Gorgo al Montegàn (Gorgo al Monticano). Here the main activity was the production of silkworms reared in the large barn. Elisabetta Cornaro Foscarini became a friend and lover of Marco Foscarini, brother of the late husband and fifty-ninth doge of Venice. Marco and Elisabetta lived and remained owners of the Villa Foscarini Cornaro until the year 1811.
During the Second World War, Villa Foscarini Cornaro was partially used as a barracks for Germanic troops, and then became a ministerial seat. Now Villa Foscarini Cornaro, after its careful restoration, has become an exclusive charming relais with one of the most important convention centers in the Triveneto area.