Villaverla

Villaverla
Comune di Villaverla
Location of Villaverla
Villaverla is located in Italy
Villaverla
Villaverla
Location of Villaverla in Italy
Villaverla is located in Veneto
Villaverla
Villaverla
Villaverla (Veneto)
Coordinates: 45°39′N 11°30′E / 45.650°N 11.500°E / 45.650; 11.500Coordinates: 45°39′N 11°30′E / 45.650°N 11.500°E / 45.650; 11.500
CountryItaly
RegionVeneto
ProvinceVicenza (VI)
FrazioniNovoledo
Government
 • MayorRuggero Gonzo
Area
 • Total15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation
75 m (246 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2015)[3]
 • Total6,127
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Villaverlesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
36030
Dialing code0445
ISTAT code024118
Patron saintSt. Dominic
Saint day8 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Villaverla is a town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. It is west of SP349 and south of A31.

Origins[]

From Roman times, the original name of the nearby village that eventually became Villaverla was "Roveredum." The center of that first village was likely located in the area where April 25th Road and Roare Road intersect, suggested by archaeological finds at an old brickyard nearby (Roman coins and traces of arched brick walls of Roman origin.)

Around 1004 AD, Giovanni Verla (Giovanni of Werla) and perhaps other of his family members, came from the area of Werlaburgdorf Germany with Holy Roman Emperor Henry II in a military campaign to put down a revolt by Arduin, Marquis of Ivrea. Giovanni and his relatives (originally referred to as the Werlas, later as Verlas or Verlatti, and today Verlato) were subsequently granted land by the Emperor in the towns of Thiene, Zane and what was then Roveredum.[4]

The name "Villaverla" literally means "Village of the Verla." This was a reflection of both the influence that the Verlato family had at the time and the manner in which the family was referred to (i.e. Verla or Verlatti) during the time the modern town's name was being adopted. The name Villaverla began to be adopted around the end of the 13th century and was well established by around 1663 when Pagliarino wrote his history of the area.

A villa/palazzo for the Verlato family (Today known as the "Villa Verlato") was completed in Villaverla around 1574, and was designed by renowned architect Vicenzo Scamozzi [5] This most likely influenced both the future physical development of the town as well as the adoption of the name Villaverla in the place of Roveredum. The Villa Verlato has survived the centuries and is located today in the center of the town at 9 Piazza del Popolo.

Twin towns[]

Villaverla is twinned with:

People[]

Website[]

http://www.comune.villaverla.vi.it/web/villaverla/

Sources[]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  4. ^ B.Pagliarino, “Chronicles of Vicenza”, Vicenza 1663
  5. ^ "Vicenzo Scamozzi, villa Verlato (1574)".