Palladian villas

Cultural & Theme Tours in Northwestern Tuscany

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You’ll be amazed by the number of elegant palazzi, cafés and romantic corners you can find in Vicenza and its surroundings: visiting the Palladian villas will become a real emotional journey that will awaken all your senses. Most of the palladian Villas were built to become the aristocratic summer dwellings of important families and were decorated by the most brilliant artists of the time. With this tour you'll enjoy some of the most scenographic and elegant villas, set in a lovely and idillic enviroment. The most relaxing way to get to know italian art and architecture.You can match this tour with "Vicenza and Palladio" 69120P2 for enjoying a full day experience
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda, Vicenza, Province of Vicenza, VenetoThe villa Rotonda stands at the top of a hill, not far from Vicenza and Venice. Designed by Andrea Palladio, the Villa would become one of the most majestic symbols of the Renaissance: its aspect recalls ancient Roman classical models but its innovative design had a lasting impact for future generations of architects all over the world! The four identical striking façades make La Rotonda extremely unique, and at the center a dome emerges over a central hall. Palladio's main concern was harmony and mathematical consonance, so he used the square and the circle as essential, yet elegant forms.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza, Province of Vicenza, VenetoThe villa is set in a lovely small valley, 20 minute walk to Vicenza (less than 10 minutes by car).Its name "ai nani" ("of the dwarfs") comes from the stone figures set up on the garden wall, which portrays different social classes in the form of grotesque dwarfs. The Villa and the Foresteria (the guesthouse) are world famous for their frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, dated from the 18th century. In the Villa, upon the suggestion of the owner, Tiepolo at the hight of his artistic maturity, paints its grand epic poems, choosing when possible sentimental episodes: Iphigenia in Aulis, Iliad, Aeneid, Furious Orland, Liberated Jerusalem. In every season of the year the visitor is immediately embraced by flower beds of multi-colour and scented flowers and by the unmistakable fragrance of the Olea Fragrans and Calycanthus trees.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

What’s not included

  • Private transportation
  • Entrance tickets to the villas
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Valmarana ai Nani
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