Villa LoredanVilla_Loredan.html

Villa GeraVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Gera.html

Villa OnigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Onigo.html

Villa ToderiniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Toderini_at_Codogne.html

Villa Cappello ImperialeVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Cappello_Imperiale.html

Villa TiepoloVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Tiepolo.html

Villa SeregoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Serego.html

Villa Valmarana - VigardoloVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Valmarana_at_Vigardolo.html

Villa PortoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Porto.html

Villa ErizzoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Erizzo_at_Mestre.html

Villa ZenoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Zeno_at_Cessalto.html

Villa PIsani - Bagnolo di LonigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pisani_at_Bagnolo_di_Lonigo.html

Villa BarbarigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Barbarigo_at_Noventa_Vicentina.html

Villa TamagninoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Tamagnino.html

Villa SimionVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Simion.html

Villa ErizzoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Erizzo.html

Villa BadoerVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Badoer.html

Villa MorosiniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Morosini.html

Villa SelvaticoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Selvatico.html

Villa CornaroVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Cornaro.html

Villa BarbaroVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Barbaro.html

Villa Foscari “la Malcontenta”Villas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Foscari.html

This website presents an English translation of Le ville venete in bici [Venetian Villas on Bicycle], part of an extensive website created and maintained by Paolo Bonavoglia, a high school math teacher from Venice, Italy, who in his spare time is an avid biker, a photographer and a wannabe architect.  His complete website can be viewed at and consists of well-over 300 webpages covering many aspects of bicycle touring [cicloturismo] and describing bike routes throughout Europe and more specifically Northern Italy.

We created this stand-alone website so that English-speaking travelers to Italy, who wish to visit Palladio and other villas of the Veneto on bicycle, will have a single resource that can be referenced easily when traveling.  To that end, each page includes a map indicating the exact location of the villa and its nearest train station[s].  For an overall interactive map of the Veneto, showing all these villas and many more, please see this custom Google map, and as of February 2012, Paolo’s webpage also includes an overall map of the Veneto with all the villas indicated.

The primary text of this website was researched and written by Paolo Bonavoglia and translated into English by Richard Bosch Architect.  The majority of photos are also by Paolo Bonavoglia.  The maps were prepared by Richard Bosch.  Other resources have been assimilated and credited as appropriate. 

As Paolo states in his introduction: “The bicycle is, among other things, an ideal way to visit the numerous villas that are to be found within the Veneto and Friuli regions. There are so many: many along the Brenta River and Canal, many on the flat, coastal plain, and many in the hills and foothills.

“Along with other factors they may have in common: they are almost always country houses built between the 16th and 18th centuries on behalf of this or that family of the Venetian aristocracy. The style was defined by Palladio who designed and constructed many of these villas that in turn inspired many others.”

A note about the lack of alphabetical order

These pages were created in the same sequence that the villas were visited over the past 16 years, and more intently over the past four years.  Paolo’s website now has a sortable database that can be used.  This website also will introduce an alphabetized list in August 2015.

A note about the locational maps

As of November 17, 2014, maps for the first 99 villas [through Villa Tiepolo] are in place and correct.  For an overall map, please refer to this custom Google map
for accurate villa locations and their closest train stations. The bright green pins correspond literally to this collection of villas.  More recently Paolo also has added a map showing all the villas to his Le ville venete in bici page.  RB

A note about drawings

It is the intent, over time, to include sketches and drawings, as available, especially of the Palladio villas.  If viewers to this site know of sketches or drawings that are already available and wish to share them please email that information to Richard Bosch Architect.  All material will be properly credited. RB

For those wanting to take a day off from biking:

The “Burchiello” - the canal boat that runs between Padova and Fusina - is an excellent way to visit three of the villas on this page - Villa Pisani, Villa Seriman and Villa Foscari “la Malcontenta” - and to see many more from the upper deck. 

From the upper deck one can see the following 14 additional villas:

  1. Moro

  2. Mocenigo

  3. Gradenigo

  4. Valmarana

  5. Contarini Dei Leoni

  6. Soranzo Conestabile

  7. Ferretti Angeli

  8. Badoer Fattoretto

  9. Lazara Pisani

  10. Soranzo

  11. Cappello

  12. Foscarini Rossi

  13. Recanati-Zucconi

  14. Bon

The Burchiello can be reached by taking the train to Padova or taking the ferry that runs between the Zattere in Venice to Fusina.  Villas that are visited include: Villa Pisani, Villa Seriman and Villa Foscari “La Malcontenta”.

Bike routes other than visiting villas

Other bike routes in Italy, described by Paolo Bonavoglia, and that have been translated into English [or in process]:

  1. Bicycling in Venice

  2. The Veneto by bicycle

  3. Bicycling in Trentino-Alto Adige

  4. Friuli by bicycle

  5. Tuscany by bicycle

  6. Lazio by bicycle

Here are other bike routes, described by Paolo Bonavoglia, but outside of Italy, all translated into English:

  1. Bicycling in Austria

  2. Bicycling in Czechia [aka Czech Republic]

  3. Bicycling in Denmark

  4. Bicycling in France

  5. Bicycling in Germany

  6. Bicycling in Holland

  7. Bicycling in Hungary

  8. Bicycling in Slovakia

  9. Bicycling in Slovenia

  10. Bicycling in Switzerland

Last update October 26, 2015


Palladio villas

Andrea Palladio [translated by Isaac Ware 1738], The Four Books of Architecture, Dover, New York 1965

Vincent Scully, The Villas of Palladio, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1987

Lionello Puppi [translated by Pearl Sanders], Andrea Palladio, Electa Editrice, Venice 1973

Bruce Boucher, Andrea Palladio The Architect in His Time, Abbeville Press, New York 1998

Exhibit catalog, Palladio, Canova, Treviso 1981

Michele Furnari, Formal Design in Renaissance Architecture from Brunelleschi to Palladio, Rizzoli, Milano 1995, pp 171 – 172 [Villa Barbaro, Villa la Rotonda]

Wolfgang Lotz [edited by Deborah Howard], Architettura in Italia 1500 1600, Rizzoli, Milano 1997, pp 147 – 157 [in Italian][Villa Barbaro, Villa Pojana, Villa la Rotonda]

James Ackerman, The Villa, Form and Ideology of Country Houses, Thames and Hudson, London 1990  pp 89 – 107

Paul Van der Ree, Gerrit Smienk, Clemens Steenbergen, Italian Villas and Gardens, Prestel, Munich 1993  pp 227 - 269 [Villa Barbaro pp 242, Villa Contarini pp 246, Villa Cornaro pp 251, Villa Emo pp 255, Villa Godi pp 259, Villa Piovene pp 262, Villa Rotonda pp 265]

Colin Rowe, The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1985 pp 1 – 27

Villa Cornaro, only

Check out Sally Gable’s fascinating book: Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House, which is extremely interesting and revealing about the reality of taking ownership of a Palladio villa, including rotting wooden beams and scorpions within the walls.  None of your usual architectural historian BS.

Venetian villas in general

Franco Borsi and Geno Pampaloni [editors], Ville e Giardini in the series Monumenti d’Italia, Istituto Geografico de Agostini 1984, pp 138 – 242 [in Italian]

Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski, Italian Architecture of the 16th Century, Princeton Architectural Press, New York 2002 pp 195 – 199 [Sansovino: Villa Garzoni and Sanmicheli: Villa la Soranza - demolished in 1818]

Georgina Masson, Italian Villas and Palaces, Abrams, 1966, pp 88 – 117


Villas of the Veneto

112 villas that can/should be visited by a combination of bicycle and train

text and photos by Paolo Bonavoglia

translated by Richard Bosch Architect/Traduzioni Culturali

Villa/Palazzo MoroVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Palazzo_Moro.html

Villa/Palazzo MocenigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Palazzo_Mocenigo.html

Villa/Palazzo GradenigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Palazzo_Gradenigo.html

Villa SerimanVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Seriman.html
Villa ValmaranaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Valmarana.html

Villa Contarini Dei LeoniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Contarini_Dei_Leoni.html

Villa Soranzo ConestabileVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Soranzo_Conestabile.html

Villa Ferretti AngeliVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Ferretti_Angeli.html

Villa Lazara PisaniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Lazara_Pisani.html

Villa SoranzoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Soranzo.html

Villa PisaniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pisani.html

Villa CappelloVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Cappello.html

Villa Morosini GatterburgVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Morosini_Gatterburg.html

Villa Foscarini RossiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Foscarini_Rossi.html

Villa MocenigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Mocenigo.html

Villa MalvoltiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Malvolti.html

Villa EmoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Emo.html

Villa Teotochi AlbrizziVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Teotochi_Albrizzi.html

Villa GiustinianVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Giustinian_%5BCastello_di_Roncade%5D.html

Villa di RoveroVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_di_Rovero.html

Villa ContariniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Contarini.html

Villa Pasole BertonVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pasole_Berton.html

Villa GiovanelliVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Giovanelli.html

Villa MolinVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Molin.html

Il CatajoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Il_Catajo.html

Villa BarbarigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Barbarigo.html

Villa DuodoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Duodo.html

Villa Almerico - la RotondaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Almerico_-_la_Rotonda.html

Villa FranceschiniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Franceschini.html

Villa PojanaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pojana.html

Villa ManinVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Manin.html

Villa Morosini 25 AprileVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Morosini_25_April.html

Villa Morosini PolesellaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Morosini_Polesella.html

Villa Nani MocenigoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Nani_Mocenigo.html

Villa FarsettiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Farsetti.html

Villa Grimani MolinVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Grimani_Molin.html

Villa AlgarottiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Algarotti.html

Villa MarcelloVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Marcello.html

Villa GarzoniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Garzoni.html

Villa Foscarini PontelongoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Foscarini_Pontelongo.html

Villa VendraminVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Vendramin.html

Villa Recanati-ZucconiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Recanati-Zucconi.html

Villa Duodo-ZoppolatoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Duodo-Zoppolato.html

Villa SaracenoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Saraceno.html

Villa Valmarana ai NaniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Valmarana_ai_Nani.html

Villa ChiericatiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Chiericati.html

Villa TrissinoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Trissino.html

Villa ThieneVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Thiene.html

Villa Valmarana - LisieraVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Valmarana_at_Lisiera.html

Villa AllegriVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Allegri_at_Oriago.html

Villa RepetaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Repeta_at_Campiglia_dei_Berici.html

Villa VenierVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Venier_at_Mira.html

Villa Pisani - MontagnanaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pisani_at_Montagnana.html

Villa CaldognoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Caldogno_at_Caldogno.html

Villa GodiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Godi.html

Villa Da Porto CasarottoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Da_Porto_Casarotto.html

Villa Forni CeratoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Forni_Cerato.html

Villa WidmannVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Widmann.html

Rotonda BadoerVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Rotonda_Badoer.html

Barchessa Villa ThieneVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Barchessa_Villa_Thiene.html

Villa GazzottiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Gazzotti.html

Villa AngaranoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Angarano.html

Villa CordellinaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Cordellina.html

Villa PioveneVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Piovene.html

Barchessa Villa TrissinoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Barchessa_Villa_Trissino.html

Villa RobertiVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Roberti.html

Villa dei VescoviVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_dei_Vescovi.html

Villa CapodilistaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Capodilista.html

Villa Morosini VendraminVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Morosini_Vendramin.html

Villa Cellini GiustinianVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Cellini_Giustinian.html

Villa BonVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Bon_at_Mira.html

Villa Negri PioveneVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Negri_Piovene.html

Villa RezzonicoVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Rezzonico.html

Villa CondulmerVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Condulmer.html

Villa Porto ColleoniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Porto_Colleoni.html

Villa Capra BassaniVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Capra_Bassani.html

Villa PIsani la RoccaVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Pisani_La_Rocca.html

Villa TiepoloVillas_of_the_Veneto/Pages/Villa_Tiepolo_at_Zianigo.html

Villa LoschiVilla_Loschi.html

List of villas in alphabetical order

Coming in December 2015 [maybe]

Eight more villas coming in November 2015 - stay tuned!

Villa CornerVilla_Corner.html



Villa QueriniVilla_Querini.html

Villa MoscheniVilla_Moscheni.html