Lonely Planet review for Palazzo Barbaran
North of Corso Palladio, three Palladian beauties line Contrà Porti. The finest is the newly restored Palazzo Barbaran, built by Palladio c 1569–70 with a stately double row of columns on the facade and a delightful double-height courtyard loggia that seems to usher in the sunlight. Frothy stuccowork and Giambattista Zelotti’s frescoes of gambolling gods lift the roof right off spacious ground-floor galleries. If you use the bathroom under the stairs, take a moment to contemplate through the bathroom window Palladio’s clever use of cross-vaulting.