“There are over 5000 villas and noble summer residences scattered around the region. They typify an era towards the middle of the16th century, when many patrician families invested the profits of their business in property, commissioning Andrea Palladio to create beautiful buildings which represent an unique legacy of history and art.
We would like to recommend just some of them.
You can then create your own itinerary to explore this amazing cultural heritage.”
Known as the “Queen of the Veneto villas”, Villa Pisani is situated on the Rivera del Brenta, just 20 minutes outside Venice.
Nowadays, the Villa is a National Museum, attracting thousands of visitors. It contains various works of art from 18th and 19th centuries, including Tiepolo’s masterpiece “The Glory of the Pisani Family”.
The house is surrounded by a magnificent park, one of the finest of its kind in Europe. It is famous for its elaborate design, and for its box maze. The Villa hosts various important exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art.
Villa di Maser (Villa Barbaro)
Villa di Maser, in the province of Treviso, is regarded as one of Palladio’s greatest masterpieces and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Open to visitors all year round, this remarkable Villa has a truly magical attraction. The owners live in the property and manage the estate, producing a range of excellent wines in the historic cellars. Inside the Villa, six large rooms feature wonderful frescoes by Paolo Veronese. A short stroll through the vineyards takes you to the carriage collection, with various examples of transport from past centuries.
Villa Emo, another of Palladio’s famous creations, is located at Fanzolo di Vedelago, province of Treviso. The Villa is surrounded by a huge park, while the interior is decorated throughout with frescoes by Giovan Battista Zelotti. These paintings take their inspiration mainly from agricultural life, depicting the life of those who work in the fields, and the labour of production. They reflect the owner’s desire to improve the social and economic conditions of the time, opening a dialogue between the different social classes, which had remained quite separate up that time.
Villa Almerico Capra (La Rotonda)
Villa Almerico Capra, known as “La Rotonda”, is one of Palladio’s most famous villas, commissioned by Bishop Paolo Almerico in about 1570. The villa is a place of great beauty, with a serene, peaceful atmosphere, and has attracted many poets and artists over the years by, as well as tourists.
Villa Manin, at Passariano (Udine), is one of the finest artistic monuments in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
It was commissioned in the1600s by the last Doge, Ludovico Manin, and was intended to reflect the power and wealth of his lineage. The Villa consists of a central structure, to be used as the family residence, and other buildings for agricultural use. It is surrounded by 18 hectares of mature parkland. The outside of the villa is adorned with elegant sculptures and Baroque motifs. Inside, you can admire the beautiful central salon, the “Salone delle Feste”, with its 18th-century stucco decor, and also the Chapel of Saint Andrew the Apostle, decorated in the Baroque style, with sculptures by Giuseppe Torretti and paintings by Francesco Fontebasso.
The Villa also houses certain permanent collections, such as the Coach Museum and the Armoury, and stages a number of internationally important events and concerts.
Villa Manin is less than an hour’s drive away from Caorle, following road number SP59 or SP42.