By the end of the 18th century, Romanticism, the fashion of the time, had spread to Verona. English-style gardens started appearing —rolling landscapes, exotic plants, meandering paths, hidden corners with faux archaeological ruins— instead of the Italian style, which was predominantly green and ordered. Following this trend, the brothers Giacomo and Guglielmo Mosconi reshaped the land behind the house, adding two prominent features, a garden and a small wooded area. They installed a pond, fed by springs located on the property with an island in the center and accessible by a wooden bridge. The island was planted with tall, standing Taxodium, conifers in the cypress family. The brothers also constructed a Northern European-style Kaffeehaus on the edge of the pond, facing the island. Ippolito Pindemonte himself had a hand in the final design of the romantic gardens, and it is partly to him we owe the predominence of the English style.
Apart from the non-indiginous plants the island and some Lebanese cedars, the trees are more consistent with local vegetation. In 1820, the Persian described a “garden with a variety of exotic plants” which inspired the Veronese painter Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca.
On the far side of the pond stands the Kaffeehaus, built at the suggestion of the poet Ippolito Pindemonte, who had been impressed by springs and fields he had seen while vacationing in France with close friend and host Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the afternoon it served as a reading area, perhaps for visitors returning from a walk. In the evening, it lent itself to parlor games such as chess, the air filled with the lilting strains of a harp, played by the daughters of the Countess.
The villa’s icehouse, also located in the garden, was built in the late 18th century and used until the first half of the last century.
The original statues, chairs and a small bubbling fountain still stand within the garden. The ample walled space, located directly behind the villa, encloses the grounds as well as an extensive vineyard, giving the entire landscape the feel of a country garden. On the front side of the elegant villa, a gate marked by boss pillars with gables and decorative vases encloses the courtyard and an anterior garden. Its symmetrical shape is centered on a large, circular basin and flowerbed, used for ornamental purposes, but also to indicate the correct direction for incoming and outgoing carriages to the villa.