Villa Foscari La Malcontenta

Villa Foscari La Malcontenta

Villa Foscari, known as “La Malcontenta,” is a Palladian villa on the Brenta Riviera. Andrea Palladio built it in 1554 at the behest of two commissioners, the brothers Alvise and Nicolò Foscari, descendents of the Doge Francesco Foscari; it was the only residence designed by the celebrated architect from Vicenza in the province of Venice.

The architecture of Villa Foscari is a masterpiece of formal equilibrium: Palladio designed a perfectly symmetrical, three-story, central-plan building. The forms were inspired by a hexastyle Ionic-order temple.
The first floor of the Villa is decorated with a grand cycle of frescoes by Gian Battista Zelotti (who partnered, on many other works, with Paolo Veronese), with themes drawn mainly from Ovid’s Metamorphosis.

The present owners, descendents of the family that originally commissioned Palladio, completed renovation work begun in 1925 by its then-owner Albert Clinton Landsberg, who had found it in a state of total neglect.

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Opening times and prices



April to October

From Tuesday to Saturday 9.00-12.00


By reservation only except Monday

From March to November





Visits price


Entrance fee: € 10,00



Entrance fee: € 8,00 (min. 20 pax)

Entrance fee: € 6,00/8,00 students

Free: Children under 7 


Number of people: Min 1 - Max 50


Lunch area: Not available


Architectural barriers: Partly inaccessible 


Car parking: Outdoor area near the villa


Bus parking: Outdoor area near the villa





Via dei Turisti, 9
30034 Mira (VE)

+39 041 5470012 +39 041 5203966

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