Rotonda is one of the 4 works of Andrea Palladio in the Veneto region that you will see in this day excursion.
VILLA ALMERICO CAPRA LA ROTONDA
This masterpiece of Palladio is the most famous of the Venetian villas. For sure the symbol and the architecture synthesis of this great phenomenon of the palladian villa. As well as one of the most important and imitated of our history. Hence the idea at the base of the villa Rotonda is simple, almost schematic. In fact a cube masonry concluded by a dome and enriched, at the façades, by four pronaoses. Hence the pronaos of la Rotonda with hexastyle of ionic order preceded by wide staircases. In conclusion, all the four sides are equal. This simple combination is of a harmony and of an absolute perfection. As a result, this is a building that influences anyone who sees it. One of the few works of architecture able to talk to anyone, of any time and every country.
VILLA TRISSINO TRETTENERO – private residence
The owner of this palladian villa was a noble. And his name was Gian Giorgio Trissino. Therefore He built the villa in the 1537 on the pre-existing Badoer Castle. Hence he was the mentor of Andrea Palladio. And then he was a scholar and the author of “Italia Liberata dai Goti”. Hence he proved himself to be also an architect with talent. About this palladian villa, the façade is between two towers that date back the middle ages. Furthermore, it’s a version of Raphael’s Villa Madama in Rome. In the detail, the pilasters separate the arches of the ground floor. And they are duplicate on the first floor. Just between the rectangular windows with pediment on the top. Unfortunately, in the villa Trissino there is no trace of the interior paintings.
This villa dates back 1570. And the owner was Angelo Caldogno. Therefore the façade is harmonious. Due to its three vaulted openings framed with large stones. However, a flight of steps leads to the loggia of the villa Caldogno. The tympanum gives further emphasis to the rusticated frame of the great arches. And in contrast to the smooth and luminous façade. Furthermore, G A Fasolo, G B Zelotti, A Maganza and G Carpioni have painted beautiful frescoes in various rooms of villa Caldogno.
Villa Caldogno – town hall building
Saturday: 9:00-12:00 / 15:00-18:00
VILLA PORTO THIENE in a court of several houses
This is an extraordinary work of ten brick columns. And it dominates the farmyard of the castle of the Porto family. Precisely it marks the first stage of a project which Palladio conceives on behalf of Iseppo (Giuseppe) Porto. In fact, the name of the patron is on the plinths of the splendid stone column bases, next to the date 1572. Iseppo Porto is the rich protagonist of one of the most important families of Vicenza. And brother in law of both Adriano and Marcantonio Thiene (patrons of the palace with the same name in Vicenza). This noble is already the owner of a palace which Palladio had designed him twenty years earlier.
All of them are in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the section “Villas and Palaces by Andrea Palladio” you find other day excursions of this genius.