The Palladian Villas

The Palladian Villas

The Italian town of Vicenza located in Veneto region of the country is known for its rich culture, history as well as for its Renaissance style Palladian Villas which have been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1994.

The villas designed by Andrea Palladio include numerous villas, palaces and Teatro Olimpico. Originally the term villa was used to describe a house in the suburbs or a country house. Different rich families of Veneto region had a town house known as a palazzo and the country house known as the villa. As a rule in the ancient times the palaces and the villas were always named after the family name. Here is a list of some of the most famous of them.

Villa Capra la Rotonda

This is the most famous villa made by Palladio which is located on top of the hill outside Vicenza. It was designed to be much more sophisticated and was termed palazzo by Palladio rather than a villa. The interior of the villa is truly magnificent and is even more stunning than the exterior of the villa. The frescoes in the main salons were done by Anselmo Canera, Giovanni Battista Maganzia and Alessandro. On the second floor there are four main salons, the West Salon or Holy Room is the most important. This salon has large frescoes and ceiling which are quite religious in nature.

Villa Capra la RotondaNote

Location: Via della Rotonda 45, 36100 Vicenza, Veneto

Nearby sights: Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori, Tempio di Santa Corona

Tel.: +39 049 8791380

Nearby hotels: Campo Marzio, Le Dimore del Conte, Hotel Cristina

Official website: http://www.villalarotonda.it

Villa Godi

Villa GodiIt is located in Lugo di Vicenza area and is a patrician villa. This was one of the first villas made by Andrea Palladio. Its construction began in 1537 and was completed in 1542. Unlike most villas designed by Palladio, this one has not been ornamentally decorated. The architecture of the villa includes two apartments on either side of the central axis. The main salon and the loggia are recessed.

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Location: Via Palladio 44, Lugo di Vicenza, Venice

Nearby sights: Museo dei Fossili Pierluigi Malinverni, Villa Piovene

Nearby hotels: B&B Al Filarmonico, Grand Hotel Imperial, Apartments Garda Lake

Official website: http://www.villagodi.com/english/tourism.htm

Teatro Olimpico

Teatro OlimpicoConstructed in 1580 the theater is the oldest surviving one in the world. It was the last masterpiece designed by Palladio, one of the greatest Italian architects. The building is known as one of his best masterpieces.

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Location: Piazza Matteotti 11, Vicenza

Nearby sights: Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori, Tempio di Santa Corona

Nearby hotels: B&B Ca’Lou, B&B Marconi, Agriturismo Riva de Milan

Official website: http://www.teatrolimpicovicenza.it/

Villa Emo

Villa EmoIt was designed as a country-house by the architect Andrea Palladio around 1558 for the Emo family from Venice. The exterior is simple and clean, while the interiors are covered by frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti. The villa is open to the public and it hosts events and exhibitions.

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Location: Via Stazione, 5, 31050 Fanzolo, Veneto

Nearby sights: Palazzo della Ragione, Orto Botanico, Capella degli Scrovegni

Nearby hotels: Hotel Rosa, Albatros Hotel, Hotel Locanda Al Sole

Official website: http://www.villaemo.org

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