One day guided tour. The Villas are mostly open to the public from March to October, have different opening and closing times, and entrance fees.
Palladian Villas, a status-symbol of the past
Along our roads, half-hidden behind rich vegetation or on the top of a hill there are many buildings reminding the past time when living and spending hours at home in the countryside meant intense pleasure. These are the villas, places for meditation and at the same time a good reason to consolidate family fortunes. Some of them are of incomparable splendour, others more modest, others negleted and weather-beaten. There are more than 3.000 villas in the Venetoprovince. Andrea Palladio is the architect who has left the prestigious sign of an unrepeteable time.
Andrea Palladio and other architects
He is an unicum in the power of his works, an example of human inventiveness. With his various kind of villas he created a marvellous harmony between the building and the territory, and adapted himself to cultural and economic requirement of the various purchasers. Together with Palladio there are great architects who equally deserve to be known and appreciated as Scamozzi, Muttoni, Falconetto, Sanmicheli, Sansovino, Giulio Romano, Varotari, Massari …
Painters, decorators, sculptors, a world of artist in the villas
The villa took origin from the columbary tower in the fourteenth century which is wisely linked with another tower through a porch and a loggia. This simple model of villa is destined to an evolution, which during the Renaissance, recalls the big roman villas with their open galleries an terraces in the country, on a hill, at the sea and at the lake. During the centuries villas have been richly decorated in order to reflect the grateness of the family , its power and prestige. A residence in the mainlad meant for a family even more than a palazzo in the city. From the 16th to the 19th century, in the villas worked artists as Paolo Veronese, G. Fasolo, G. Zelotti, G. Padovano, B. del Moro, Tiepolo father and son, L. Dorigny …