Villa Valmarana ‘Ai Nani’
No matter how you look at it, this villa is a show-stopper: the namesake dome caps a square base, with identical colonnaded facades on...
The Palladian Basilica dominates the Piazza dei Signori, its enormous copper dome reminiscent of the hull of an upturned ship. Palladio...
Piazza dei Signori & Around
The heart of historic Vicenza is Piazza dei Signori, where Palladio lightens the mood of government buildings with his trademark play of...
Drink in the history at this marble-topped bar serving bracing espresso and pastries made on the premises. There are also tempting jars...
Savour the taste of summer in Maria's datterino tomato and mozzarella salad or nurse a glass of Recioto with your stuffed quails or...
Villa Valmarana ‘Ai Nani’ information
Lonely Planet review
From La Rotonda, a charming footpath leads about 500m to the elegantly neoclassical Villa Valmarana ‘ai Nani’, the interior of which shelters 1757 frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico. Giambattista painted the Palazzina wing with his signature mythological epics, while his son painted the Foresteria with rural, carnival and Chinese themes.
Nicknamed after the 17 statues of gnomes ('ai Nani') around the perimeter walls, this estate is a superb spot for the occasional summer concert; check dates online.