CITTADELLA, CASTELFRANCO, VILLA EMO
Cittadella, Castelfranco, villa Emo full day excursion. As a result, this is a tour to see the towns of the Middle Ages and a masterpiece of Palladio. In conclusion, this day tour is to discover the period with the story of the Lords and the Signories. As well as the renaissance time with works of Giorgione and Palladio.
Cittadella, a well preserved town of the Middle Ages. In fact, the Carraresi lords of Padua built it in the years 1220-21. In the detail, the Carraresi create their military and administrative strategic center in the town of Cittadella. Hence the position of this walled town is at the intersection of two main roads. The first road is the one that connects Padua to Bassano from south to north. And the second road is the directrix from Treviso to Vicenza that goes from east to west. Most of all, this road was part of the larger system of the Roman Via Postojna. Therefore, this location was the strength of Cittadella.
For sure the history of Cittadella is marked by the war events that affected the region. Ezzelino da Romano conquers the town in 1237. But Cittadella passes to the Scaligers in 1319 and to the Visconti in 1389. Hence, it returns back in the hands of Padua until 1405 when it passes to Venice. And again there are other dominations that succeed in less than one century. As a result, we find Roberto Sanseverino in the year 1483, and the Malatesta in 1504. At the end, Cittadella returns to the Venetians after the war against the League of Cambrai (1509).
The town of Castelfranco Veneto welcomes you with its clock tower. And also with its two entrance gates surrounded by crenelated walls. For sure the town preserves the colors and the fragrances of an ancient history. Hence the center of the castle is a little jewel, with its diverse styles of architecture. From those with a stamp from the middle Ages to edifices with a matrix of the eighteenth-century. Like also the Cathedral and the Theatre.
But most of all, we can’t forget that Castelfranco Veneto is the place of birth of Giorgione. And Giorgione was the artist that starts the Renaissance painting in the Veneto area. As a result, famous for his canvases of unrivaled beauty, from his Altarpiece to the Tempest.
The architect Preti builds the main church of Castelfranco Veneto in the first half of the eighteenth century. Hence, worth a visit the interior where there is the Madonna and Child between St Francis and St Nicasius. As a result, for sure this is a masterpiece of Giorgione to see.
Welcoming and quiet, the town offers a journey where we can taste the products of local recipes. This castle village is a must with its architectural views and landscapes.
VILLA EMO – FANZOLO DI VEDELAGO (1558)
Most probably the construction of the villa Emo is in between the years 1557 and 1560. And for sure in those years the noble Venetian people accept the architect. Hence the design of the villa Emo is late than Villa Barbaro at Maser and Villa Badoer in Fratta. With which Villa Emo shares the general setting. However Leonardo Emo is the owner. And he marries Francesco Badoer’s nephew in the 1565. Therefore in the villa Emo, the painter Zelotti made the frescoes of the main rooms. Seems like he was partner and collaborator of Veronese. This building is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
For a Middle Ages and Renaissance in the Veneto region we suggest also Giorgione and Palladio routes day tour