Villa Pisani Bonetti was designed by the great architect Andrea Palladio in 1541 and is one of the most representative works from his juvenile period.
The Villa was commissioned by the prestigious Pisani family and was built in 1544-1545 in Bagnolo di Lonigo. This project marked the beginning of the fertile collaboration between Palladio and the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
The structure of Villa Pisani Bonetti is inspired by the Imperial monumental style of Rome. As in all Villas designed by Palladio, the celebratory purpose is combined with a relevant role in farm management: properly situating the Villa was considered by Palladio as a fundamental step in the designing process. Villa Pisani Bonetti hosts frescoes attributed to Francesco Torbido, a disciple of Giulio Romano. The large kitchen is found on the piano nobile, a most unusual location, as it was moved there due to floods caused by the Guà river.
The Villa – perfectly preserved thanks to its subsequent owners – today is open to visitors for guided tours and events, and hosts contemporary art exhibitions.
The distinctive building “Barchessa”, originally a farm building featuring large arched porticoes, was initially used for agricultural purposes. Today it comes back to life in the 21st century after careful restoration and complete renovation. Today, the preserved and enhanced “Barchessa” serves as a hotel, restaurant, and event location.