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Palladio: a 16th century architect in Venice

Palladio: a 16th century architect in Venice

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‘The Gateway to Venice’
In this itinerary we will visit three majestic churches that offer a gateway to Venice.
In San Giorgio Maggiore, which still belongs to the oldest Benedictine monastery in Venice, you will have the opportunity to view several precious and renowned works of art.
On to the Giudecca island where we will visit the Zitelle Church, once the chapel of a school for girls.
Finally to what is considered to be Palladio’s masterpiece, the Redentore with its perfect classical facades.
These facades echoed in all three churches form a beautifully balanced trinity on the lagoon in front of San Marco. This must make the entrance to Venice one of the most spectacular and evocative of any water-city in the world.

Palladio in the Surrounding Countryside
This itinerary lasts 8 hours and includes four of the most celebrated masterpieces designed by Palladio and built in the mid 16th century.

Villa Foscari in the town of Malcontenta was completed in 1560. Its striking neo-classical façade reflected in the gentle waters of the River Brenta
Then on to the village of Fanzolo, near Treviso where the sober yet elegant Villa Emo (1550) is situated. A typical villa - farmhouse design with a classical central block and more sober side wings. Not far from here is Villa Cornaro (1550) in Piombino Dese, now owned by an American family. It is a villa-palace with double classical facades, one overlooking the street the other opening onto the garden at the rear.
The town of Asolo, the medieval capital of the small kingdom of the Queen of Cyprus, surrounded by magnificent rolling hills will be the setting for lunch.
Finallly we come to Villa Barbaro in Maser (1555) famous not only for its refined architectural design but also for the precious internal frescoes by Paolo Veronese, a masterpiece. Near the main building we find the family chapel, the Tempietto, a reduced scale copy of the Pantheon in Rome.