The treasures of Vicenza: art, painting and architecture
The Palladian villas, commissioned by the most important local families, are known worldwide and together with Vicenza, have been part of Unesco's World Heritage List for almost twenty years.
After the innovation started with Andrea Palladio in the 16th century, many other architects took inspiration later on from his art and continued and build villas in Palladian style also during the following centuries. Some of them were then decorated by one of the most important Italian painters ever: Tiepolo.
With a short distance to the city center, it's possible to admire both Palladian villas and beautiful frescoes by Tiepolo in an exciting half day itinerary.
* This tour can be matched with #404755 Vicenza: the masterpieces of Palladio.
** Many monuments are closed during the winter season, but their gardens are often open, and we can sightsee the villas from a different point of view.
We'll start with the Rotonda*, the most famous monument created by Andrea Palladio in the 16th century.
The Villa is a symbol of harmony between Nature and Architecture, and taken as inspiration from many artists worldwide: for the competition to plan the President's House in Washington, Thomas Jefferson proposed his own design that was a variation on the Villa Rotonda.
With a short walk, we'll reach the Villa Valmarana ai Nani, with its frescoes of ancient myths painted by Tiepolo in the 18th century. The Villa takes its name from the statues of the 17 stone dwarves ("Nani" means dwarves in Italian ), originally placed in the garden. We'll also visit the interesting Foresteria (guest house) also painted by Tiepolo, and enjoy a 15 minutes movie in the immersive room, telling the history of the villa.
* The Rotonda is closed on Mondays, in this case, we can visit the baroque church of Monte Berico, with a painting by Paolo Veronese, private cloister and beautiful view from the terrace instead.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet at the railway station or I can come and pick you up at any hotel in Vicenza
End location: We can go back to the railway station or to any hotel in Vicenza on demand.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 EUR - The ticket for entering the Rotonda is to be paid on the spot, depending on the possibility of entering the villa (€ 10 fee) or the garden only (€ 5 fee).
We may need a taxi to reach the villas (about 10 minutes drive from the railway station, € 30 in total go and back).
I'm not a professional driver: I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.