Where the genius of Andrea Palladio was discovered
In Cricoli, in Vicenza, stands Villa Trissino, named after its owner, humanist Giangiorgio Trissino. The building is not Palladian, but it is linked to the figure of Andrea Palladio, because it was Trissino himself who first discovered and recognised Palladio’s talent when he was a stonemason working on the villa’s construction site. Realising his potential, he took him to Rome, introducing him to the aristocracy and helping him to make his fortune.
The residence has two towers, within which is a triple-arched loggia on the ground floor, inspired by the façade of Raphael’s Villa Madama in Rome. An Italian-style garden sits within the boundary wall, with a rusticated ashlar entrance in the centre. In the recent restoration that was funded by the villa’s owners, the spacious basements, with 16th-century stone walls and terracotta brick vaults, were brought back into use.
The villa is open to visitors from April to November by appointment only.