The Venetian Villas: extraordinary mansions representing a particular architectural style, which spread over during the historical period known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice (Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia).
During those years, many country houses were transformed into real villas, where gentlemen from Venice used to retire to spend their holidays, hosting their friends or prominent figures related to the world of culture, art and music. The villa became, therefore, a real centre of power and a mark of social distinction for the rich Venetian bourgeoisie.
Undisputed protagonist of this architectural period was Andrea Palladio. He built many of the villas in the region, considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The work of Palladio was particularly consistent and relevant in the city of Vicenza and its province.
Villa Maser is the best known one, where we can find the extraordinary cycle of frescoes by Paolo Veronese, dating back to the sixteenth century, from Veneto region.
Not very far away, we can find another architectural pearl - Villa Emo Capodilista - surrounded by a beautiful park, full of poplars and cypresses. The visit to Villa Capra Valmarana, also called "La Rotonda", representing a unique case of Palladian architecture, is also unmissable.
Other beautiful residences are Villa Pojana, Villa Saraceno and Villa Lombardi Cordellina.
Many elegant buildings are also located along the famous Riviera del Brenta. For those who want to quietly enjoy the view, a boat tour to admire the beauty of Villa Foscari, also known as “The Malcontent”, the grand and sumptuous Villa Pisani, Villa Foscarini-Rossi and Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari is highly recommended.