Foscari in Malcontenta is one of Palladio’s work. As a result, this is a day excursion to visit some masterpieces of Andrea Palladio with a professional guide.
VILLA FOSCARI LA MALCONTENTA
This is one of the most known villas by Palladio close to Venice. And which Palladio executed for the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari about the end of the 1550s. Hence it rises in an isolated block with no agriculture annexes. And also, on the edge of the lagoon and the banks of the river Brenta. More than a “villa-farm”, then, it presents itself as a villa suburbana. Therefore, you can reach rapidly Villa Foscari by boat from the center of Venice.
VILLA EMO in FANZOLO
Most probably the construction of this villa Emo is in between the years 1557 and 1560. And in those years the noble Venetian people accept the architect. Hence the design of this villa 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, the painter Zelotti made the frescoes of the main rooms. Seems like he was partner and collaborator of Veronese.
VILLA BARBARO in MASER
In the 1550s, Palladio made this villa for the Barbaro brothers at Maser. Hence it was an important threshold for the architect to define a new type of country buildings. For the first time, the manor house and the barchesse of villa Barbaro are in the same line. As a result to make a compact architecture unity. And this phenomenon is probably due to the position of the villa. In fact, at Maser, the location of Villa Barbaro is on the slopes of a hill. Hence, the linear disposition means a nice view from the road below. Otherwise, for the conformation of the terrain, it had need costly system of terraces. Due also for the barchesse arranged according to the course of the slope.
Some other day excursions on Palladio’s works? Look to our Villas and Palaces by Andrea Palladio section.