Villa Forni Cerato is one of the 7 works of Palladio that you will see on this day tour. In the detail, this excursion is for people that are looking to discover just buildings of Palladio. Most of them are private residences, not open to the public.
Villa Forni Cerato
The villa Forni is one of the early works by Palladio, built around the 1565. Hence the middle section has a narrow flight of stairs that lead up to a “serliana”. Where the openings stand out sharply on the wall surface. Therefore, above the rectangular openings, we can see a bas-relief. In the detail, it represents river gods and without doubt the works of a sculptor influenced by A. Vittoria.
Villa Forni Cerato – abandoned
Villa Valmarana Bressan
Surrounded by a vast and luxuriant park. As we can see, there is a simple façade with the only opening of the “serliana” archway in the center. Hence this is the feature of villa Bressan that suggests the attribution to Andrea Palladio. In the spacious hall, there are frescoes of the 18th century. And also an excellent frieze by C. Pasqualotto is all around the upper part of the central room. Furthermore, in one of the rooms, they have recently discovered paintings of the 16th century.
Villa Valmarana Bressan – private residence
Open April to October: Wednesday to Friday
Wednesday, Saturday, Sanday 10.00am – 12.30pm // 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Villa Gazzotti Marcello Curti
With no doubt, Andrea Palladio designed the villa Gazzotti that was perhaps one of his early works. Hence, the proportion of the façade is harmonious, the three beautiful arches being its focal point. As a result, the building dates between 1540 and 1545.
Villa Gazzotti Marcello Curti – private residence
Seems like this villa is made to the brothers Thiene. Most of all Giulio Romano made the project of the building. Hence Palladio modifies it when he becomes the director of the works. Therefore the villa is along the river Tesina. Furthermore, it is in the center of the two great agriculture courts of the Thiene family. However, the project of the villa is quite different from the others. In conclusion, this is an unfinished work. Inside the rooms, Giovanni De Mio with perhaps Bernardino India made the frescoes.
Villa Thiene – town hall
Open Monday and Thursday: 9.30am – 12.30pm // 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Villa Chiericati da Porto Rigo
This villa dates back to the second half of the 16th century. Hence for Palladio, this is his favourite architecture scheme. For sure the balance of the villa is perfect. And also the pronaos with its large columns that support the tympanum is of remarkable elegance.
Villa Chiericati da Porto Rigo – private residence
Villa Valmarana Zen
Badly damaged by air raids, this villa had a full restoration. First of all Andrea Palladio draws the project in 1570. And as a result on a reproduction in his Books of Architecture. Anyhow the design will change during its construction. The Villa should have had a portico and a loggia in the central section bound by tower like wings. Of remarkable interest is the chapel dates back the 1615. And also the statues and the wrought-iron gates.
Villa Valmarana Zen – close
Stone bridge in Torre di Quartesolo
The bridge with three arches spans the Tesina river in the village of Torri di Quartesolo. And maybe the project originates from an idea of Palladio in 1569. However, the construction starts in 1580. Hence Groppino was the supervisor of the works. Seems like Palladio took as his model a work of the ancient Rome period that he had seen and appreciated in Rimini. And from which derive the tabernacles placed against the pillars. We talk about the bridge of Augustus and Tiberius built between 14 and 21 AD. As a result, this stone bridge is the only one of Andrea Palladio and joint to the present days.
All these buildings are in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Are you looking for some other day excursion on Palladio’s works? the section “Villas and palaces by Andrea Palladio” is the right answer