Today Rizzi-Albarea Villa conserves
a Church, up to the year 1100, that presents style superposition and
repairs that have been made across the centuries by the abbesses,
because of the many fires and collapses that have occurred in about
1000 years of history. The abbesses belonged to the most important
noble families of Venice. Cultured and rich, these abbesses use to
invite the most famous painters of their time to work and restore.
The present ceiling, attributed to Tiepolo's School, is in fact the
last repairing done by the nuns in 1722. On the front of the Church,
you can still see, because they have been restored, the two unique
stone sections that have survived, and on which are carved the dates
of the two restoring and the names of the Abbesses (1350 and 1722).
The "Via Crucis" has a painting attributed to Tintoretto's
School, and then the paddle and the altar, with the polycrome marbles
of the XIVth century, and a very beautiful and ancient wooden statue
of Mary and baby Jesus: "La Vergine del Rosario", to whom
in the Middle of Ages was dedicated a Church (then called "Santa
Maria di Albarea") and to whose feet the young and future brides
used to go and pray in those times, to obtain special benedictions,
and giving their rosaries after receiving the grace. Some of these
rosaries are still conserved. Every year in May, the Rizzi repeat
the ancient tradition of the procession, with Masses and Rosaries
dedicated to the Virgin, whose statue has recently been repaired.