One week tour focused on the Palladian villas and their stunning gardens in Veneto, one of Italy’s wealthiest regions. Many of the grand villas were designed by the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential individuals in the history of Western architecture.
The tour starts from the visit of Padua, picturesque city of Renaissance arcades, squares and bridges, known worldwide for its Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova. Another biggest tourist attraction is the Scrovegni Chapel, with its priceless frescoes by Giotto. The historical city center is an attractive place to explore. The tour also features a visit to the Padua Botanic Garden, which was established in 1545, making it the oldest university botanical garden in the world, and to the gardens of Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio, described as one of the most entertaining gardens in Italy.
Discover Vicenza, known as the great Palladian city, is celebrated the world over for its splendid and varied architecture. Palladio was responsible for at least a dozen of its city palaces, not to mention countless villas in the surrounding countryside. You will have the opportunity to admire Vicenza’s historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Palladian Masterpiece Villa Capra La Rotonda, one of the most recognizable buildings of the Renaissance.
The tour continues towards the gardens of Villa Barbaro in Maser and the beautiful little town of Asolo. Villa Emo, about an hour away from La Rotonda, is also worth a visit.
You will explore the grand gardens of Villa Pisani (also named The Nazionale), in Stra, near Venice, which is certainly one of the most famous examples of Venetian Villa along the Brenta banks.
Arrival in Venice Airport, transfer to Padua and stop to admire two biggest tourist attraction: the Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova and the Scrovegni Chapel. The historical city center is an attractive place to explore. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel centrally located.
After breakfast visit of the Padua Botanic Garden, which was established in 1545, making it the oldest university botanical garden in the world, and to the gardens of Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio. Return back to the hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Visit Vicenza’s historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Palladian Masterpiece Villa Capra La Rotonda. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast head towards Maser to visit the gardens of Villa Barbaro and the beautiful little town of Asolo. Villa Emo is also worth a visit. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast departure towards Venice. Stop for a visit to the grand gardens of Villa Pisani (also named The Nazionale), in Stra, in the province of Venice. Then transfer to Venice Airport.
Many aspects make Padova a famous spot. Cultural hub since the times when Galileo Galilei taught in its still renowned university, it also hosts works or art of the greatest Italian artist such as Giotto, Donatello and Veronese. Picturesque city of Renaissance arcades, squares and bridges, Padova prides of its world-known Sant’Antonio da Padova Basilica. Guided walking tour featuring St. Anthony’s Basilica, the historical centre with Palazzo della Ragione, Café Pedrocchi, the University, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti and the marvelous Scrovegni Chapel.
Founded as a medicinal resource by the University of Padua in 1545, and it was the first-ever university botanical garden existence. Within its thematic collections, the Padua Botanical Garden counts carnivorous plants, medicinal plants, poisonous plants, plants from the Euganei Hills, rare plants and plants first introduced to Italy by way of the Garden itself. This remains one of the finest examples of a 16th century botanical garden in Italy, with a fine collection of plants from all over the world.
The gardens of Villa Barbarigo were created for Antonio Barbarigo during 1665-69 and with their carefree atmosphere and garden ‘rooms’ full of surprises have been described as one of the most entertaining gardens in Italy. One of the most striking features is a series of ascending pools decorated with statues and fountains, and in one case a graceful Watergate which has Diana, goddess of hunting sitting astride the pediment with her dogs close a hand.
Vicenza is set against a backdrop of mountains. Also known as the great Palladian city (from the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio), is celebrated the world over for its splendid and varied architecture. It also offers visitors elegant shops and cafes. Palladio was responsible for at least a dozen of its city palaces, not to mention countless villas in the surrounding countryside. Palladio’s main works include Palazzo Chierati, the Teatro Olimpico and on a hill just outside of town, the famous Villa Rotonda. Walking tour of Vicenza’s historic city centre, a UNESCO protected heritage. View of Corso Palladio, Palazzo Thiene, Palazzo Barbaran, Palazzo Chiericati, the Basilica Palladiana, the Duomo, and the wonderful Teatro Olimpico.
Visit of Villa La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio. It is Palladio’s most celebrated work. Its temple like facades, its symmetry along with its natural setting, give the villa an air of splendid perfection and seem to echo the principals of Palladian architecture. Built for a local priest, it was actually conceived as a “Party House” a place to entertain friends and acquaintances rather than a home. An interesting idea, when considering the background of the Patron. Although, Paolo Almerico was no saint having spent time in a Venetian prison on a murder charge before being acquitted.
Villa Barbaro was built by Andrea Palladio for Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro during 1560-68 as a farmhouse at the centre of an agricultural estate and has the unique attraction of being the only Palladian villa in Veneto to retain some of its original garden. The garden was laid out in front of the villa and Palladio’s great achievement was to unite the villa, garden and surrounding landscape and seemingly create a single architectural structure. As the gardens at the front were essentially a public space, Palladio also designed a secret garden behind the villa, a small enclosed courtyard dominated by a magnificent nymphaeum, decorated with statues of classical gods.
The attractive walled town of Asolo is in a picturesque setting in the lower forested foothills of the Dolomite mountains and listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. The surrounding countryside is never far away, and the varied glimpses of the hills that you get as you explore have led the town to be nicknamed the ‘city of a hundred horizons’.
Villa Pisani, also named The Nazionale, is certainly one of the most famous examples of Venetian Villa along the Brenta banks. It is situated in the municipality of Stra, in theprovince of Venice and it develops on bend in the river Brenta, extending on a surface of 11hectars and an external perimeter of 1500 meter. The park of Villa Pisani as been awarded in the 2008 as “the most beautiful park in Italy”. The park offers incredible scenarios, original architectures, green houses and the famous labyrinth.