Arriving at Villa Valmarana ai Nani one is captured by in a sense of peace and beauty. Perhaps it’s the light, always so particular, or the refined dimensions and harmony of the structure… The visit begins with the rooms in the Palazzina and the Foresteria, with a “Smart Guide”. This comprehensive, engaging multi-media tool “accompanies” visitors with stories and anecdotes about the extraordinary cycle of frescoes by the elder and younger Tiepolo, helps to note the differences in painting style between the two artists and brings to life the experiences of illustrious personages who sojourned in the villa, as well as curious legends of events that took place within the Villa’s walls.
After this visit, continue through the Berici Hills to reach Villa Pisani Bonetti, one of the most representative works of Andrea Palladio’s early period, and now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Villa, like many other Veneto Villas, was once located alongside a river (today no longer passable). Thus the beautiful façade is hidden, while the so-called “back side of the Villa,” today the main entrance, enchants with the purity and perfection of its lines.
Inside visitors can admire frescoes attributed to a follower of Giulio Romano; truly unique is the Cucinone – the Great Kitchen -, which was relocated to the first floor in the 18th century due to the overflowing river waters.
Today the Villa has become a point of reference for lovers of contemporary art, as the site of a Foundation that periodically organizes noteworthy exhibitions.
Today the Villa has become a reference point for contemporary art lovers , as it is the base of a Foundation that periodically organizes noteworthy exhibitions.