LZ MANAGEMENT LUXURY PRIVATE TOUR
From Piazzale Roma (Venice), after about 20 minutes driving distance, you will stop to visit Villa Foscari La Malcontenta, the only one built by Andrea Palladio along the Brenta canal Between Venice and Padua. Villa Foscari was built to the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari at the end of the 1550s and rises in an isolated block with no agriculture annexes, not far from the edge of the lagoon of Venice and along the banks of the Brenta riviera.
Your tour will continue along back roads, driving by villages and cultivated countryside of the region. After 30 minutes of a driving distance, you will have a coffee break in a village where you will discover another villa by Palladio reported on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Villa Cornaro. Today the villa is privately owned, but just from outside, it gives you the beauty of its architecture.
Your morning excursion will end in a castle village where you will have your lunch. Castelfranco Veneto welcomes you with its clock tower and imposing entrance gate surrounded by crenelated walls that preserve the colors and fragrances of ancient history. Castelfranco is the city of Giorgione, an extraordinary artist of the Veneto Renaissance times, famous for his canvases of unrivaled beauty, from his Altarpiece to the Tempest.
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In the afternoon, close to Castelfranco Veneto, you will visit the second Palladian building: Villa Emo. In this villa, the buildings which functioned for the management of the estate, casually arranged around the threshing-floor of the Quattrocento villa, achieved an unforeseen architectural synthesis that united in a linear continuity the manorial house, barchesse, and dove-cotes. The Palladian villa as the product of a new typology – where the practical necessities of agricultural life were translated into unheralded forms and a new language inspired by ancient architecture – without doubt finds its most definitive incarnation in the Villa Emo. The 16th century interior frescoes of Zelotti are well preserved and of intense expression.
You will continue your journey to reach Villa Barbaro located at 15 minutes driving distance from Villa Emo. The building was commissioned by the Barbaro brothers: Daniele and Marcantonio. Also in this villa, the manor house and the barchesse are in line to make a compact architectural unity. Probably this solution was applied for the location of the villa, on the slopes of a hill. This disposition gives a great view from the road below. Paolo Veronese has decorated the rooms with a splendid cycle of frescoes, known as the most extraordinary of the Venetian Cinquecento.
In the end, you will return back to Venice by the countryside roads. The ride will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. At your discretion, you can have a short stop halfway for a cup of tea or something else.