Padova is a city steeped in creativity and culture. At every turn, you will find works by the great masters such as Michaelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Giotto and Mantegna in it’s frescoes, basilicas, piazzas and palazzos. The University of Padova, which was established in 1222 and is one of Europe’s oldest, has seen great minds such as Galileo and Copernicus grace its halls. Padova is also the setting of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and its 13th-century Basilica di Sant’Antonio is the resting place of venerated Saint Anthony of Padua.
Among Padova’s picturesque neighborhoods is Villa del Conte, home of world-class artisanal chocolates. With such a historic and creative town as backdrop, it is no wonder that even the chocolate has an interesting story to tell. The story of Villa del Conte chocolates spans three generations. It all started with Nazzareno Cattapan’s pioneering spirit and passion for creating only the finest cioccolato, giving birth to what is now Villa del Conte chocolates. Like an heirloom, each recipe of these edible art forms is passed on from father to son. Nazzareno bequeathed the cioccolato legacy to his son Orfeo Celestino, who likewise passed it on to his son. Today, at the helm is the third-generation cioccolato connoisseur, Enrico Cattapan. With 75 years of experience, passionately making traditional fine chocolate in their factory in Padova, they make sure that every piece of Villa del Conte chocolate is of premium quality and contains only the finest ingredients.
Villa del Conte chocolate is made from the highest quality, handpicked cacao beans and shaped by a unique process, passionately perfected throughout the years. With each bite, you will savor a masterpiece of authentic, Italian tradition.
A myriad of chocolate flavors and variety awaits you. My attention was caught by their Praline balls, which are milk or dark chocolate shells enclosing silky, creamy flavors of hazelnut, macadamia, caramel, cacao or coffee. Biting into one will reveal the delicious flavored center. Their Praline sticks on the other hand, had fruit and mint cream filling, with an outer layer of milk or dark chocolate. Truly exquisite.
A foodie and an avowed chocoholic, a visit to storied Padova cannot be complete without a stop at Villa del Conte Chocolates, a truly amazing experience..
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