The compositional harmony of the park and garden connected to this Venetian Villa inhabited by talented musicians is an enrichment to one of the most charming medieval towns of western Friuli. Roses are the piece of resistance of this location, reflective of the owners’ lasting botanical passion throughout the centuries.

During the first half of the 19th century, the garden and the land surrounding the residence once property of the Attimis and then of the Freschi families underwent major transformations. Count Carlo Sigismondo Freschi, violinist and alchemy, mathematics, and botany scholar, brother to the more famous Gherardo, agronomist and promoter of the economic renewal of the Friuli region (who lived in the nearby hamlet of Ramuscello), radically renovated the garden and created a large park seamlessly blending into the countryside by tearing down the old walls surrounding the property. Carlo’s endeavour captivated his daughter-in-law Carlotta, who had a deep love of roses which she cultivated profusely. Her roses were also a source of inspiration for her husband Antonio’s musical compositions. The outdoor property includes a courtyard of honour, which also served as a riding stables, complemented by adjoining flowerbeds, where rose bushes predominate, while the park, at the back of the building is developed on slightly differentiated levels, reflecting a 19th-century layout intended to vary and broaden landscape perception with features such as hillocks, paths and streams. The site, with its multiple and picturesque dwellings that were inhabited by various family descendants and designed so as to form a small village set in the wider frame of the fortified centre has preserved its original harmony thanks to the care provided by a descendant of the Freschi family, perceptive and competent landscape architect and botanist Benedetta Piccolomini.