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The stately building known as Villa del Catajo (or Castle of Catajo) stands along the Battaglia Channel, and this positions gave rise to its name (Ca'=House + tajo=cut of the terrain i.e. channel).
It was built in three years between 1570 and 1573 by Pio Enea degli Obizzi, who was a famous and wealthy captain of fortune (mercenary). For this reason, in a period when defensive castles were not built any more, he wanted a villa shaped as a fortress, to remind to everyone the origin of his richness.

The palace has hundreds of rooms and is elegantly decorated with frescoes of Gian Battista Zelotti, a scholar of Paolo Veronese (16th century). Initially frescoes used to cover also the entire external walls, giving to the building an astonishing look, in the middle of the countryside.

During the Renaissance period, marvellous and unbridled parties were organised in the Castle of Catajo. Just think that the Cortile dei Giganti (Courtyard of the Giants) shown in the picture sometimes was entirely flooded and naval battles were staged for the delight of the guests....

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