Vicenza and Palladian villas in Veneto

Years ago I asked a history teacher to tell stories about Venetian villas, which… Baladin Villas called and close to town Vicenza I heard in Brenta Channel. The only comparison I could imagine at the time was the villas along the river Vecht in the province of Utrecht. I already decided after that that I would like to visit him one day.

In fact, the Palladian villas don’t have much Venice To do this, it was designed by the architect Palladio who lived and worked in Vicenza. It was only after he became famous and had already designed a dozen villas that Venetian novices hired him to build such villas for them in the countryside outside Venice, particularly the along the Brenta Canal. Born in Padua with his real name Andrea de Pietro della Gondola, Palladio rose from a simple builder to a career as a respected architect, a title he only acquired after his thirtieth birthday.

Cabernet and Merlot vineyards tondom Vicenza

But the fame of this versatile Renaissance man quickly went away. Palladio (1508-1580) was a generation later Leonardo DeVinci (1452-1519), but he was not inferior to the genius of his predecessor. The number of buildings he came across seemed indescribable in his entire life. He designed not only 23 palaces and government buildings in Vicenza, 24 large villas in the Veneto region, but also a number of churches, including two in Venice, including the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Below is an overview of his most important works.

Basilica of the Palladiana in Vincenza

He also wrote standard works on style and architecture which have been used for centuries. (I Quattro Book of the Architettura, 1550). His style is found in stately homes throughout Europe, particularly in England and France but also in Russia until the end of the 18th century. In the United States, its influence is evidenced by Monticello (Thomas Jefferson), Harvard Hall (of the university) and the winning design of the Capitol.

Folklore in Marostica, near Vicenza

Vicenza and Palladio Villas are located in Brenta Channel Standing in the Veneto A. Region Unesco World Heritage In Italy. At first the site was called “Vicenza, Palladio” and only buildings such as the Basilica of Palladiana, the Teatro Olimpico, de Palazzi and villas in the immediate vicinity of Vicenza were included. But since only a small number of Palladian villas were actually in Vicenza territory, and many were along the Brenta Canal, the protected site was expanded.

What distinguishes the style of Palladio in Vicenza

Palladio Style - Basilica of Vicenza

Palladio’s approach to architecture was strongly influenced by classical forms and strict proportions, which make Palladio’s buildings appear strict from the outside. However, inside, the elaborate ornamentation, gilding and ornamentation created a luxurious and luxurious environment. He strove to revive the principles of ancient Roman architecture, emphasizing the importance of proportion, symmetry and the correct use of classical orders.

Frisco at Villa Caldogno outside Vincenza

Vicenza, the city of Palladio

To see his work, it is best to visit Vicenza, a city which, like many beautiful places, attracts many international visitors. Vicenza is about the size of Zwolle, but it is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, thanks in large part to the textile, steel, gold, jewelery and silver industries. microprocessors (Federico Fagen, co-inventor of the microprocessor, was born in Vicenza) It’s not ideal for tourism, but Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, many museums, art galleries art, squares, villas, churches and an elegant Renaissance palace. In addition, Vicenza has a very special property Jewelery Museumwhich we have already talked about.

Loggia Valmarana

A little history of Vicenza

In 157 BC. The city was a Roman center and was given the name Vicetia or Vincentia, which means “victorious”. Citizens acquired Roman citizenship, even at that time a center for brick factories, marble quarries, wool-making and agriculture because it was an intermediate station on the important road to Mediolanum (Milan ) in Aquileia and what is now Trieste, three bridges over the Bacchiglione and Retrone rivers are still of Roman origin, and outside Porta Santa Croce there are Roman aqueduct arches.

Deauville between Vincenza and Marostica

Vicenza came under the rule of the Republic of Venice in 1404, and since then the history of Vicenza has been closely linked to the history of the city of Doge. Until the time of Palladio in the 16th century, the city was an underdeveloped area and not much happened. The developer put Vicenza on the map literally and figuratively and important buildings were built to give a better image of the city.

Photo gallery

After 1814, Vicenza passed into the hands of the Austrian Empire. In 1848, the population revolted against the Austrians who led a violent regime. Also during the First and Second World Wars, Vicenza was a focal point of resistance and several bombardments were carried out on the city. In the 1960s, economic development experienced amazing growth. Huge industrial areas have grown around the city, massive and unregulated urbanization and the employment of foreign immigrants have increased. Thus, the suburbs are terrible witnesses of Italian mass concrete construction.

Loggia del Capitaniato in Vicenza

If you are looking Factory outletsYou can visit major clothing companies such as: Diesel, Bal Zileri, Marzotto, Bottega Veneta, Marlboro Classics, to name a few, Campagnolo Bicycle Factory and Dainese Sportswear are here.

Where to eat in Vicenza

Remo Villa Carrollato

There is so much to say about Remo Villa Cariolato that it is hard to find an entry. It is above all a good restaurant that serves excellent food and is very popular. The restaurant had been around for some time, but had recently moved into the villa that had belonged to Domenico Cariolato, who at the age of 24 joined in 1000 Garibaldi, a small army that sailed from a seaside town near Genoa in a legion of small boats around. Sicily. to invade. The Italian Unification Museum in Vicenza exhibits the letters exchanged by Garibaldi with Cariolato. The late 19th century villa and grounds have been carefully renovated and are now used by the magnificent restaurant. Eating here is an experience in itself, as well as being one of the best restaurants in the area.

Strada di Bertesina 313, 36100 Vicenza – Tel. [+39] 0444 911007 – Closed Monday, Sunday noon only – Website


A warm welcome and excellent slow food with dishes from Colli Berici. The name Isetta is the name of the grandmother of the family who ran this cozy osteria. All the products they use here in the kitchen are locally sourced, and many Slow Food Presidia products are also used. What you shouldn’t miss is groceries and baked truffles.

Osteria Isetta – Via Pederiva 96, Val Liona 36040, Grancona, Vicenza – Tel. 0444-889521 – Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Website:

Where to stay?

The Barchesa of Villa Pisani

If you wish to spend the night in one of Palladio’s villas, you can do so at Villa Pisani, in the adjoining barchessa. La Barchessa di Villa Pisani is located in the historic Villa Pisani, in the picturesque countryside of northern Italy. The villa was designed by architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site “The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of Veneto”. The villa was built as a country residence for the Pisani family, nobles of Venice, and is close to the Goa River. Villa Pisani contains the enormous and characteristic “Barchessa” building, originally a farmhouse with large arched porticoes. At first it was used for agricultural purposes, but in the 21st century it has come back to life after careful restoration and complete renovation. Today, the restored and refurbished “Barchessa” serves as a hotel, restaurant and event venue.

Via Risaie 1/3, Bagnolo di Lonigo – tel. +39 0444 831207 – Web – Reservations and rates: La Barchessa

Agriturismo Corte Bertsina

Beautifully located farmhouse with renovated accommodation, suite for up to three people, lots of wood, wooden floors, beautiful garden with private terrace for outdoor dining. Everything is wheelchair accessible. A few steps from the center.

St. di Bertesina, 276, 36100 Vicenza, Italy – Reservations and prices: Corte Bertesina

Route with important places in and around Vicenza

It is in the middle, because in Vicenza, of course, we will see the architectural marvels of Palladio. The Tourist Office of Vicenza has developed a walking route, which included all the important structures, and why we want to improve it. You can download the brochure with the itinerary here, or you can pick it up at the Tourist Office. the road passes

  • Olympic Theater
  • Chiricatiya Palace
  • Casa Cogolo
  • Palace of Monte Migliorini
  • Valmarana Chapel
  • Porto Iseppo Palace
  • Porto Barbaran Palace
  • Thiene Bonin Longare Palace
  • Basilica Palladiana
  • Loggia del Capitaniato
  • Bojana Palace
  • Valmarana Braga Rosa Palace
  • Dome and Porta della Catedral
  • Porto Briganzi Palace
  • Capra Palace
  • Loggia Valmarana

Tip: To see the villas in the countryside and along the Brenta Canal, a boat trip is recommended. The roads are narrow and often very busy in high season.

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