Villa Valmarana at Vigardolo (Vicenza)

 
 

Vigardolo, district of Monticello Conte Otto, province of Vicenza, Via Vigardoletto  33.  Train station at Cavazzale on the Vicenza-Schio line(*), about 2 km/1.2 miles to the southwest.  The villa is located along the Vicenza-Thiene bike route.


This small villa was built in 1542 on commission of the Valmarana family, one of the riches and most noble families of Vicenza.  Although the villa is not included in the second book of architecture, an autograph sketch located in London testifies that the original design is by Andrea Palladio.

 

The villa has a very simple gabled form, while in the middle of the facade the entrance Serliana [a motif like a Palladian window] surmounted by circular portholes is reminiscent of Villa Pojana.   To the sides there are small farm support buildings.


The villa is currently open by appointment only and is used for events and weddings.


Latest visit:  6 April 2014


All photos by Paolo Bonavoglia, unless indicated otherwise.


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