Pisani in Montagnana, Pojana, Bonetti, Badoer, Saraceno and Trissino in Meledo are the 6 works of Palladio for this day excursion. Hence the location is in the south of the Veneto region.
Villa Pisani in Montagnana
In 1552 he designs this building to his friend Francesco Pisani. Hence the project takes place in the neighborhood of the village of Montagnana. And noteworthy Pisani was a noble of Venice. Furthermore, he was the patron and the friend of important artists. For sure such as Veronese and Maganza. And as well as Vittoria and Palladio. These last two artists work in the construction and decoration of his home. Anyway, the building was in progress in September 1553. For sure in 1555 the works end with the sculpture decorations. And for the first time, a two-storey portico of engaged columns and a two-storey loggia crowned with pediments appear in a villa. In addition, a Doric frieze surrounds the whole building. On the garden front, the façade of the wall takes on life in the plastic excavation of the portico and the upper loggia.
Villa Pisani in Montagnana – private residence
This villa is designed with an unusual appearance. But the actual construction of villa Pojana doesn’t quite follow the original project. Anyhow the central section dates back the 1566 while the left wing is from the 18th century. Furthermore, on the sides of the front staircase, G Albanese (1568) made the statues of Jove and Neptune. And in the interiors, the artists B India and A Canera made the 16th century frescoes. The stuccoes are works of B Ridolfi.
Villa Pojana – Regione del Veneto
Open Wednesday to Friday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm // 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Winter period: by appointment only
Villa Pisani Bonetti in Bagnolo
The Chapter XIV of the Second Book of Palladio begins with this villa. This book treats of “Villas of some noble Venetians”. However, Villa Pisani Bonetti dates back in between the 1541 and 1542. And the union of the classic triumph arc and the type of medieval towers is particular. Furthermore, the frieze on the façade is the symbol of the noble counts of Bagnolo.
Villa Pisani in Bagnolo – private residence
The Villa is open all year round by appointment
Villa Badoer in Fratta
This villa dates back to the 1554 and the owner was the Venitian noble Francesco Badoer. Hence it’s in the south of the territory, in the flat and foggy country of Polesine. However, the building rises on the site of an ancient medieval castle. And Here Palladio has connected the manor house to the two barchesse that are in a semicircle. As a result, this solution protects the stables and the annexes. Furthermore, the manor house of the villa rises on a high basement. Most of all it recalls important precedents. First of all the Villa Medici at Poggio a Caiano. And Villa dei Vescovi not far.
Villa Badoer – private association
Open Saturday, Sunday 9.30 am – 12.30 am // 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Holidays: August 15th, December 8th, December 26th
Closed: December 25th
Other opening time by reservation.
At the end of the 1540s, the noble Saraceno calls the architect to redesign an existing farm. The site was at Finale di Agugliaro. And also the area was a property of his family. Seems like the project of Palladio was to remodel the whole complex. For sure in the Quattro Libri, he shows the building clamped between two great right-angled barchesse. But the whole restoration remains unfinished. And as a result, the Palladio’s intervention was just to the manor block. On the right side of the farm-yard, the buildings are still Quattrocento. While the barchessa was from the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Villa Saraceno – Landmark Trust
Open from 1st April to 31st October:
Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Villa Trissino in Meledo
This small building is only a part of a majestic complex. And the project was for the Trissino family. Therefore the design in “The Four Books of Architecture” locates the dwelling on the hilltop site. And also it shows four façades and several porches. Close to the villa, we find the original gothic house.
Villa Trissino Meledo di Sarego – private residence
To be visited only by appointment from April to November:
from 10.00am to noon and 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Other Palladio’s works day excursions are in the section “Villas and Palaces by Palladio“.