An Architecture Trail - Private Tour

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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: No. It is a cultural tour and kids might find it difficult.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (advanced)

On the path of Palladio's, Canova's and Carlo Scarpa's contributions to international architecture

This tour wants to offer a panorama of influential architects who where born and operated in the Veneto region from '500 to '900.
Following a chronological order we start with a visit of two countryside villas by Palladium. Palladio lived in XVI but his architectural theories became famous worldwide and he influenced many architects in the centuries to follow; think for example of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello or Virginia State Capitol.
A stroll in medieval Asolo will offer a sweet and relaxing panorama thanks to its surrounding hills.
After lunch we proceed to Possagno to admire the outstanding shape of Canova's Temple. Canova is a representative of Neoclassicism, a cultural trend that developed all over Europe in XVIII and XIX and looks back to Greek and Roman aesthetics.
Our tour ends with a visit to the tomb of Carlo Scarpa, a local architect and designer born at the beginning of 1900, whose linear and essential style made him very popular in Japan.


Upon meeting we board our private van and drive to villa Emo, built by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) in mid 1500 for a reach Venetian family. We then proceed to Asolo, whose centre is listed among Italy's most beautiful villages. The charming centre saw the presence of many men of letters and novelists from the moment the Venetian noble woman Caterina Cornaro settled there. This is also a good place to stop for lunch. Villa Barbaro in Maser is the second Palladian villa we visit. The atmosphere due to its location and the beautiful frescoes by Veronese is great! A short drive will take us to Possagno the small town where Canova was born (1757-1822) and projected an elegant temple as a funerary monument for himself and his brother. Very close is a pastry store popular for merengues. . . . . . . On the way back to Venice we stop at Altivole for Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) tomb

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Venice car Terminal (Tronchetto),
Port, your hotel if you are located on the mainland

End location: Back to where we met.
If you want to travel with your luggage because you are catching a flight after the tour, we can drop you off at the Airport.
If you need to take a train we can drop you off at Venice-Mestre train Station.

Duration: 9 hours

This is a full day tour and as we drive in the countryside, not on the highway, the duration can be affected by traffic.


Mercedes van (7 seats, 2 are for driver and guide): clean, air-conditioned, comfortable and roomy. If you need another vehicle (a car or a 9 seats) please, ask for a quotation.

What’s Included

I'll be your guide during the whole tour.
A private driver is available from the time we meet till our return to Venice.
We'll visit two Palladian villas, the old village of Asolo, Canova's temple, Carlo Scarpa' tomb for the Brion family.
Villa Barbaro in Maser is closed on Mondays and from 11th Dec to 9th Feb.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 EUR - Food and drinks, souvenirs, tickets to Palladian villas

What’s Extra

Entrance tickets to the villas (12 Eur approx per person).


Licensed guides have no restrictions.
For tours run on the mainland, vehicles will be driven by professional drivers.

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