Between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries almost 4,000 stately villas were built in Veneto: the immense historical and architectural heritage bequeathed to us by what was a real fashion tells us about a past of industriousness that has generated wealth, in turn transformed into beauty. The Venetian villas fulfilled a dual practical and celebratory function: they were at the same time a well-organized agricultural estate and a refined stately home.
A commonplace to dispel is the belief that Palladian villas and Venetian villas are the same thing. In reality, if we consider the total number of Venetian villas, those built by the architect Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century are only a small minority. Of the nearly 4,000 thousand Venetians, only 166 can be visited and of these 24 are works by Andrea Palladio, all recognized as Unesco Heritage.
Here are the 4 most interesting and easiest to visit:
Villa La Rotonda in Vicenza;
Villa Barbaro on the Asoolani Hills, province of Treviso;
Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago, province of Treviso;
Villa Badoer in Fratta Polesine, province of Rovigo.
Ville della Riviera del Brenta
The Riviera del Brenta, called the "Venice of the Mainland", is the most fascinating area of the Venetian hinterland. From a tourist point of view, the most interesting part of the Brenta Riviera is the one that goes from Stra to Fusina, where the river meets the Adriatic Sea (about 25 km); the ideal center of the Riviera is the pretty town of Dolo.
Here we find:
Villa Pisani in Stra, province of Venice;
Villa Foscari - La Malcontenta in Mira, province of Venice.
Ville dei Colli Euganei
The context is that of the Euganean Hills, the low reliefs of volcanic origin that grow about ten kilometers or so from the center of Padua: a very green area of sweet beauty.
Here we find:
Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio on the Euganean Hills, province of Padua;
Villa dei Vescovi in Luvigliano, province of Padua;
Catajo Castle in Battaglia Terme, province of Padua.
You can't miss the experience of visiting aristocratic historic villas!