Set amidst the far-reaching horizons of the Friulian plain and the natural amphitheaters of the Colli Orientali, at the edge of the Bosco Romagno, the Villa Romano-Rodaro rises on top of one of the most beautiful hills of the village of Spessa.

Surrounded by 25 hectares of estate vineyards, the 17th-century complex was purchased by the Rodaro family in 2002. Consisting of a central nucleus and two lateral wings, the real surprise of the residence is its lower storey, which boasts beautifully-preserved paintings by Jàcun Pitôr. 

From the Napoleonic tax rolls on, it belonged to the noble Conti Romano family. The villa was sold to the Rodaros by Elizabeth, Conte Antonio Romano's wife, as a mark of her esteem for the Rodaros’ centuries-long commitment to the development of the local Cividale community. 

The Villa preserves intact its enchanting exterior, where the harmonious interplay between the openings and the masonry recalls the Venetian architectural style of that era’s noble estates. Its state of perfect preservation is a tribute to the sensitivity of Paolo and Lara Rodaro, who have succeeded in stewarding, with love, this cultural asset, thus adding even more lustre to the history of those who preceded them.      


In the early 1900s, the peripatetic naïf  artist Giacomo Meneghini  (1851-1935), known in Friuli as Jàcun Pitôr and in Slovenia as Jakob Malar, decorated with sacred and secular scenes the totality of the room that leads to the small private barrel cellar. Good-natured but rough-hewn in manners, the artist lived as a bohémien, sleeping in the hay barns and cadging food and shelter in exchange for paintings of those whose hosted him. A popular humour imbued his works, expressed in sayings that were ironic and often wise, and still today often apropos. The room painted by Jàcun Pitôr at Villa Romano-Rodaro is eloquent testimony to his stay here; in fact, protected against the sunlight, his paintings are perfectly preserved. 

The room and the small barrel cellar can be visited by reservation 

RODARO PAOLO - Via Cormòns 60, Località Spessa, Cividale del Friuli (UD) 33043, Friuli Venezia Giulia ITALY T./F. +39-0432-716066
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