Seventeenth century venetian villa located in the heart of the Po Delta Nature Reserve

28 July 2017 / 06 August 2017
Professor Wilma Vernocchi, soprano, at the piano Liisa Pimia

Ca’ Zen is a fascinating Country House built in 1700, and listed among the Venetian Villas. It was built by the noble Zen, and then passed on to the Marchesi Guiccioli. Today it belongs to the Avanzos. This charming Home is located in the heart of the Po Delta, and is famous for its romantic link with the English poet Lord Byron, greatly in love with Teresa Gamba, the young and beautiful wife of Alessandro Guiccioli . His love for Teresa, Ca’ Zen, and the Great River Po inspired his stunning lines “ Stanzas To The Po” which begins “.
“River! That floweth by the antient walls where dwells the lady of my heart”
In the sixties Ca’ Zen lived another great love affair, between Elaine Westropp Bennett ( born in the south of Ireland) and Cavaliere Pericle Avanzo . After their marriage the couple lived here .. happily ever after.. It was Elaine’s idea to open this charming home to visitors from all over the world, wanting to discover this lesser known, yet beautiful part of Italy. From Ca’ Zen it is possible to visit Venice, Ravenna, Ferrara, Mantua, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Chioggia, Comacchio, Adria, Rovigo. The Po Delta is ideal for cycling, boating, canoeing, horse riding, fishing. The beaches of Rosolina and Porto Tolle are only 20 minutes away by car . The nearest airposts are Venice (Marco Polo), Treviso( Antonio Canova) Verona(Catullo) Bologna- (Guglielmo Marconi) The nearest train stations are Rovigo, Adria, Chioggia.
Ca’ Zen offers bed and breakfast in 13 lovely bedrooms, and serves lunch and dinner previous booking .Our cooking is based on homemade products. Italian and English lessons by prior arrangement , boat excursions and riding lessons on request.

Our bedrooms:
- West Wing: “the Azzurra bedrrom” and “The Rossa Bedroom” ( two lovely double bedrooms each with private bathroom), The Suite ( two double bedrooms with one shared bathroom ), The Mansarda ( two double bedrooms with one bathroom in common)
- East Wing:”The Camera Studio “( a double bedroom with private bathroom), “The Barca Room” ( a single bedroom with private bathroom), “The Aia Room” ( a double bedroom with private bathroom) “ The Chiesetta Room “ ( a double bedroom with private bathroom ). The rooms in the East Wing are accessible also to disabled people.
- Cottage: A few yards away from the main Villa there is a Cottage with a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, two double bedrooms and one bathroom - Free Wi- Fi
- Lunches and dinners by prior arrangement

Ca’ Zen is located in a green and peaceful oasis and has space for studying and for concerts. This masterclass will organize two concerts for the performance of those participating .

Soprano Wilma Vernocchi , is a well known artist of the La Scala Milan. For years she has been also teaching internationally in many music academies. Wilma Vernocchi says “ The knowledge and learning of music and singing have no age, culture, or language barriers. It is – and has been- pure joy for me to organize seminars on Italian Opera all over Europe and Asia. We all know that 10 days study will not be sufficient to disclose all the secrets of this sophisticated beautiful and complicated art, but will certaily help singers to acquire some of the basic knowledge of Il Bel Canto Italiano, considered to be a universal and incomparable art in the whole world” (

LIISA PIMIA pianista finlandese, vive in Helsinki.
Maestro collaboratore al pianoforte e docente dell'opera lirica nell'Accademia “J.Sibelius”- Helsinki è collaboratrice all'Opera Nazionale della Finlandia.
Docente per gli scambi Erasmus presso i conservatori “G. Verdi” di Milano e “G. B. Martini” di Bologna, parla correttamente finlandese, inglese, svedese, francese e italiano.

For information and hotel reservations: (Maria Adelaide Avanzo)

For information on study programs:
e-mail: Wilma Vernocchi)
e-mail: ( Liisa Pimia)