Villa Valmarana “ai Nani”
and Villa “la Rotonda”

«Today I went to see a wonderful villa called the Rotonda… Architecture has never, perhaps, achieved a greater degree of magnificence» (Goethe - 22 settembre 1786)

«Today I went to see a wonderful villa called the Rotonda…
Architecture has never, perhaps, achieved a greater degree of magnificence»
(Goethe – 22 settembre 1786)

A short way from Vicenza (about 3km) are two splendid villas,
Villa Valmarana “ai Nani “ and Villa “La Rotonda”, supreme examples of the culture of the Veneto villas. The tour takes about 2hrs.30mins. Because of their nearness, these two villas are often combined with a visit to the old town which can be visited in the morning leaving the villas for the afternoon. Moreover, considering the convenient location of the sites, in the case of a full day’s tour, right after lunch one may also enter the Sanctuary of Monte Berico, on the way to Villa Valmarama.


Villa ValmaranaVilla Valmarana also known as ‘at the dwarfs’ was built in the second half of the sixteen hundreds and is celebrated for its beautiful frescoes by Tiepolo executed in 1757. Moreover only in this villa is it possible to directly compare the style of Giambattista Tiepolo with that of his son Giandomenico who frescoed the guest house.
Villa Valamrana also known as ‘at the dwarfs’ was built in the second half of the sixteen hundreds and is celebrated for its beautiful frescoes by Tiepolo executed in 1757. Moreover only in this villa is it possible to directly compare the style of Giambattista Tiepolo with that of his son Giandomenico who frescoed the guest house.


Close to the Valmarana villa, within walking distance, we find the Rotonda, undoubtedly the most famous villa designed by Palladio. The distinctive feature of this building, one that has marvelled so many tourists and architects from all over the world, is the perfect union of architecture and landscape, the two worlds mingle: nature enters the villa and the villa crowns the hillside below.
The solution adopted by Palladio in creating four identical façades is innovative in the context of a private dwelling. Surmounted by a dome, the villa looks like a classic temple, and not by chance, since the purchaser was a rich prelate. Words are not enough to describe this building that really deserves a visit.

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