Palladian villas of Veneto, Italy genealogy project (2022)

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The Palladian villas of the Veneto are villas designed by architect Andrea Palladio, all of whose buildings were erected in the Veneto, the mainland region of north-eastern Italy then under the political control of the Venetian Republic. Most villas are listed by UNESCO as part of a World Heritage Site named City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

The World Heritage site includes the following villas:

  • Villa Trissino (Cricoli),Vicenza
  • Villa Trissino(Sarego),Vicenza
  • Villa Gazzotti Grimani,Vicenza
  • Villa Almerico Capra «La Rotonda»,Vicenza
  • Villa Angarano,Bassano del Grappa,Vicenza
  • Villa Caldogno,Caldogno,Vicenza
  • Villa Chiericati-Rigo,Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza,Vicenza
  • Villa Forni Cerato,Montecchio Precalcino,Vicenza
  • Villa Godi,Lonedo diLugo Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Pisani (Bagnolo),Bagnolo diLonigo,Vicenza
  • Villa Pisani (Montagnana),Montagnana, Padua
  • Villa Pojana,Poiana Maggiore,Vicenza
  • Villa Saraceno,Agugliaro,Vicenza
  • Villa Thiene,Quinto Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Valmarana (Vigardolo),Bolzano Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Valmarana (Lisiera),Monticello Conte Otto,Vicenza
  • Villa Badoer, «La Badoera»,Fratta Polesine,Rovigo
  • Villa Barbaro,Maser,Treviso
  • Villa Emo,Vedelago,Treviso
  • Villa Zeno,Cessalto,Treviso
  • Villa Foscari, «La Malcontenta»,MiraVenice
  • Villa Cornaro,Piombino Dese,Padua
  • Villa Serego,San Pietro in Cariano,Verona
  • Villa Piovene,Lugo Vicentino,Vicenza

The villas

The term villa was used to describe a country house. Often rich families in the Veneto also had a house in town called palazzo. In most cases the owners named their palazzi and ville with the family surname, hence there is both a Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza and a Villa Chiericati in the countryside, similarly there is a Ca' Foscari in Venice and a Villa Foscari in the countryside. Somewhat confusingly there are multiple Villa Pisani, including two by Palladio.

UNESCO inscribed the site on the World Heritage List in 1994. At first the site was called "Vicenza, City of Palladio" and only buildings in the immediate area of Vicenza were included. Various types of buildings were represented in the original site, which included the Teatro Olimpico, some palazzi and a few villas. However, most of Palladio's surviving villas laid outside the site. That is why in 1996 the site was expanded, hence "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto". Its present name reflects the fact that it includes villas designed by Palladio throughout the Veneto.

Villa architecture

By 1550, Palladio had produced a whole group of villas, whose scale and decoration can be seen as closely matching the wealth and social standing of the owners: the powerful and very rich Pisani family, bankers and Venetian patricians, had huge vaults and a loggia façade realised with stone piers and rusticated Doric pilasters; in his villa at Bertesina, the (briefly) wealthy minor noble and salt-tax farmer Taddeo Gazzotti had pilasters executed in brick, though the capitals and bases were carved in stone; Biagio Saraceno at Villa Saraceno had a loggia with three arched bays, but without any architectural order. In the Villa Saraceno as in the Villa Pojana Palladio was able to give presence and dignity to an exterior simply by the placing and orchestration of windows, pediments, loggia arcades: his less wealthy patrons must have appreciated the possibility of being able to enjoy impressive buildings without having to spend much on stone and stone carving.

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Palladio's reputation initially, and after his death, has been founded on his skill as a designer of villas. Considerable damage had been done to houses, barns, and rural infrastructures during the War of the League of Cambrai (1509–1517). Recovery of former levels of prosperity in the countryside was probably slow, and it was only in the 1540s, with the growth of the urban market for foodstuffs and determination at government level to free Venice and the Veneto from dependence on imported grain, above all grain coming from the always threatening Ottoman Empire, that a massive investment in agriculture and the structures necessary for agricultural production gathers pace. Landowners for decades had been steadily under stable Venetian rule, been buying up small holdings, and consolidating their estates not only by purchase, but by swaps of substantial properties with the other landowners. Investment in irrigation and land reclamation through drainage further increased the income of wealthy landowners.

Palladio's villas (that is, the houses of estate owners) met a need for a new type of country residence. His designs implicitly recognise that it was not necessary to have a great palace in the countryside, modeled directly on city palaces, as many late fifteenth-century villas (like the huge Palazzo Porto Colleoni Thiene, also called a "Villa") in fact are. Something smaller, often with only one main living floor was adequate as a centre for controlling the productive activity from which much of the owner's income probably derived and for impressing tenants and neighbours as well as entertaining important guests.

These residences, though sometimes smaller than earlier villas, were just as effective for establishing a social and political presence in the countryside, and for relaxing, hunting, and getting away from the city, which was always potentially unhealthy. Façades, dominated by pediments usually decorated with the owner's coat of arms, advertised a powerful presence across a largely flat territory, and to be seen did not need to be as high as the owner's city palace. Their loggie offered a pleasant place to eat, or talk, or perform music in the shade, activities which one can see celebrated in villa decoration, for instance in the Villa Caldogno. In their interior, Palladio distributed functions both vertically and horizontally. Kitchens, store-rooms, laundries and cellars were in the low ground floor; the ample space under the roof was used to store the most valuable product of the estate, grain, which incidentally also served to insulate the living rooms below. On the main living floor, used by family and their guests, the more public rooms (loggia, sala) were on the central axis, while left and right were symmetrical suites of rooms, going from large rectangular chambers, via square middling sized rooms, to small rectangular ones, sometimes used as by the owner as studies or offices for administering the estate.

The owner's house was often not the only building for which Palladio was responsible. Villas, despite their unfortified appearance and their open loggie were still direct descendants of castles, and were surrounded by a walled enclosure, which gave them some necessary protection from bandits and marauders. The enclosure (cortivo) contained barns, dovecote towers, bread ovens, chicken sheds, stables, accommodation for factors and domestic servants, places to make cheese, press grapes, etc. Already in the 15th century it was usual to create a court with a well in front of the house, separated from the farmyard with its barns, animals, and threshing-floor. Gardens, vegetable and herb gardens, fish ponds, and almost invariably a large orchard (brolo) all were clustered around, or located inside the main courtyard.

Palladio in his designs sought to co-ordinate all these varied elements, which in earlier complexes had usually found their place not on the basis of considerations of symmetry, vista, and architectural hierarchy, but of the shape of the available area, usually defined by roads and water courses. Orientation was also important: Palladio states in I quattro libri dell'architettura that barns should face south so as to keep the hay dry, thus preventing it from fermenting and burning.

Palladio found inspiration in large antique complexes which either resembled country houses surrounded by their outbuildings or which he actually considered residential layouts – an example is the temple of Hercules Victor at Tivoli, which he had surveyed. It is clear, for instance, that the curving barns which flank the majestic façade of the Villa Badoer were suggested by what was visible of the Forum of Augustus. In his book, Palladio usually shows villa layouts as symmetrical: he would have known however that often, unless the barns to the left and right of the house faced south, as at the Villa Barbaro at Maser, the complex would not have been built symmetrically. An example is the Villa Pojana, where the large barn, with fine Doric capitals, was certainly designed by Palladio. It faces south, and is not balanced by a similar element on the other side of the house.

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Le ville palladiane sono un insieme di ville venete (del territorio della repubblica di Venezia), concentrate per la maggior parte nella provincia di Vicenza, edificate intorno alla metà del Cinquecento dall'architetto Andrea Palladio per le famiglie più importanti del luogo, soprattutto aristocratici ma anche alcuni esponenti dell'alta borghesia della Repubblica veneta.

Insieme alla città di Vicenza con i suoi 23 palazzi palladiani, 24 ville del Veneto sono state inserite, tra il 1994 e il 1996, nella lista Patrimoni dell'umanità dell'UNESCO

Elenco delle ville

  • Villa Trissino (Cricoli),Vicenza
  • Barchesse di Villa Trissino(Sarego),Vicenza
  • Villa Gazzotti Grimani,Vicenza
  • Villa Almerico Capra «La Rotonda»,Vicenza
  • Villa Angarano,Bassano del Grappa,Vicenza
  • Villa Caldogno,Caldogno,Vicenza
  • Villa Chiericati,Grumolo delle Abbadesse,Vicenza
  • Villa Forni Cerato,Montecchio Precalcino,Vicenza
  • Villa Godi,Lonedo diLugo Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Pisani (Bagnolo),Bagnolo diLonigo,Vicenza
  • Villa Pisani (Montagnana),Montagnana, Padua
  • Villa Pojana,Poiana Maggiore,Vicenza
  • Villa Saraceno,Agugliaro,Vicenza
  • Villa Thiene,Quinto Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Valmarana (Vigardolo),Bolzano Vicentino,Vicenza
  • Villa Valmarana (Lisiera),Monticello Conte Otto,Vicenza
  • Villa Badoer, «La Badoera»,Fratta Polesine,Rovigo
  • Villa Barbaro,Maser,Treviso
  • Villa Emo,Vedelago,Treviso
  • Villa Zeno,Cessalto,Treviso
  • Villa Foscari, «La Malcontenta»,MiraVenice
  • Villa Cornaro,Piombino Dese,Padua
  • Villa Serego,San Pietro in Cariano,Verona
  • Villa Piovene,Lugo Vicentino,Vicenza

Altre ville palladiane (o parti di esse) non comprese nell'elenco UNESCO:

  • Villa Thiene, costruita solo una barchessa, Cicogna ofVillafranca Padovana,Padua
  • Villa Repeta,Campiglia dei Berici,Vicenza
  • Villa Porto,Molina diMalo,Vicenza
  • Villa Porto,Vivaro diDueville,Vicenza
  • Villa Contarini,Piazzola sul Brenta,Padua
  • Villa Arnaldi,Sarego,Vicenza

Tra i progetti di villa che furono pubblicati da Palladio ne I quattro libri dell'architettura (1570) ma furono realizzati solo parzialmente, vi fu villa Mocenigo "sopra la Brenta", modificata a tal punto da rendere irriconoscibile il progetto palladiano, e villa Mocenigo a Marocco, che venne costruita solo in parte e poi demolita.


Le ville palladiane si distinguono dalle ville romane e dalle ville medicee toscane: non erano destinate unicamente allo svago dei proprietari, ma erano - anzitutto - dei complessi produttivi. Circondate da vaste estensioni di campi coltivati e vigneti, le ville comprendevano magazzini, stalle e depositi per il lavoro agricolo. Di norma presentano ali laterali, le barchesse, destinate a contenere gli ambienti di lavoro, dividendo razionalmente lo spazio del corpo centrale, destinato ai proprietari, da quello dei lavoratori, in modo da non sovrapporre le diverse attività. Il corpo centrale è a sua volta suddiviso in senso verticale, dove ogni piano assolve a funzioni diverse.

Grazie anche alle loro descrizioni e ai dettagliati disegni pubblicati da Palladio nel trattato I quattro libri dell'architettura (1570), le ville palladiane divennero per secoli oggetto di studio per gli architetti europei e non, che si ispirarono ad esse per le loro realizzazioni.

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L'architettura della villa

La reputazione di Palladio agli inizi, e anche dopo la morte, si è fondata sulla sua abilità di disegnatore di ville. Durante la Guerra della Lega di Cambrai (1509-1517) erano stati inferti ingenti danni a case, barchesse e infrastrutture rurali. Il raggiungimento dei precedenti livelli di prosperità nella campagna fu probabilmente lento, e avvenne soltanto negli anni quaranta del Cinquecento, con la crescita del mercato urbano delle derrate alimentari e la decisione a livello governativo di liberare Venezia e il Veneto dalla dipendenza dal grano importato, e specialmente da quello che proveniva dal sempre minaccioso Impero ottomano. Questo enorme investimento in agricoltura e nelle strutture necessarie alla produzione agricola accelerò il passo. Per decenni i proprietari terrieri avevano acquistato costantemente, sotto lo stabile governo veneziano, piccole tenute, ed avevano consolidato i loro domìni non solo attraverso l'acquisto, ma anche con lo scambio di grandi poderi con gli altri possidenti. Gli investimenti nell'irrigazione e le bonifiche mediante drenaggio accrebbero ulteriormente il reddito dei ricchi latifondisti.

Le ville del Palladio - cioè le case dei proprietari fondiari - rispondevano alla necessità di un nuovo tipo di residenza rurale. Secondo Howard Burns, i suoi disegni riconoscono implicitamente che non era necessario avere un grande palazzo in campagna modellato direttamente su quelli di città, quali sono di fatto molte ville della fine del XV secolo (come l'enorme villa da Porto a Thiene). Qualcosa di più piccolo, spesso con un unico piano principale abitabile, era adatto come centro per controllare l'attività produttiva, da cui derivava probabilmente la maggior parte del reddito del proprietario, e per impressionare gli affittuari e i vicini oltre che per intrattenere gli ospiti importanti. Queste residenze, benché fossero talvolta più piccole delle ville precedenti, erano ugualmente efficaci al fine di stabilire una presenza sociale e politica nelle campagne ed erano adatte per il riposo, la caccia, e per sfuggire dalla città, sempre potenzialmente malsana.

Le facciate, dominate da frontoni di solito decorati con le insegne del proprietario, annunciavano una potente presenza in un vasto territorio pianeggiante, e non avevano bisogno, per essere visibili, dell'altezza dei palazzi cittadini. Le loro logge offrivano un luogo piacevole ed ombreggiato per pasteggiare, per conversare o per le esecuzioni musicali, attività queste che si possono vedere celebrate nella decorazione della villa, ad esempio a villa Caldogno.

Negli interni Palladio distribuiva le funzioni sia verticalmente che orizzontalmente. Cucine, dispense, lavanderie e cantine si trovavano al piano terreno: l'ampio spazio sotto il tetto veniva impiegato per conservare il prodotto più prezioso della tenuta: il grano, che incidentalmente serviva anche per isolare gli ambienti abitabili sottostanti. Al piano principale, abitato dalla famiglia e dai suoi ospiti, le stanze più pubbliche (la loggia e il salone) si trovavano sull'asse centrale mentre a destra e a sinistra vi erano delle infilate simmetriche di stanze, dalle grandi camere rettangolari, attraverso le stanze quadrate di medie dimensioni, fino a quelle rettangolari piccole, usate talvolta dai proprietari come studi o uffici per amministrare il fondo.

L'abitazione dei possidenti spesso non era l'unica costruzione di cui Palladio era responsabile. Le ville, nonostante la loro apparenza non fortificata e le loro logge aperte, discendevano ancora direttamente dai castelli ed erano circondate da un cortile recintato da un muro che le dotava della necessaria protezione dai banditi e dai malintenzionati. Il cortile ("cortivo") conteneva barchesse, torri colombaie, forni per il pane, pollai, stalle, abitazioni per i fattori e per i servitori domestici, stanze per fare il formaggio e cantine per spremere l'uva. Già dal XV secolo si usava creare una corte davanti alla casa, con un pozzo, separata rispetto al cortile di servizio e con le sue barchesse, gli animali e gli spazi per battere il grano. Giardini, orti di verdure e di spezie, vasche per i pesci e, quasi invariabilmente, un grande frutteto (il "brolo") erano tutti raggruppati o localizzati all'interno del muro di cinta.

Nei suoi disegni Palladio cercò di coordinare tutti questi differenti elementi che nei complessi precedenti non erano collocati in considerazione delle visuali simmetriche e delle gerarchie architettoniche, ma soltanto in base alla forma dell'area disponibile, generalmente delimitata da strade e corsi d'acqua. Anche l'orientamento era importante: nei suoi Quattro libri dell'architettura (pubblicati a Venezia nel 1570), Palladio afferma che le barchesse dovrebbero essere esposte a Sud in modo da tenere asciutta la paglia, per evitare che fermenti e bruci.

Palladio trovò ispirazione nei grandi complessi antichi che somigliano alle dimore di campagna circondate dalle loro dipendenze, o che forse credeva davvero fossero dei complessi residenziali - esemplare è il Santuario di Ercole Vincitore a Tivoli, che egli aveva rilevato. È chiaro per esempio, che le barchesse ricurve che costeggiano l'imponente facciata della villa Badoer riprendevano quel che era ancora visibile del Foro di Augusto. Nel suo trattato Palladio mostra generalmente gli impianti di villa simmetrici, ma in realtà era consapevole del fatto che qualora non fosse stato possibile esporre entrambe le ali delle barchesse a Sud, come nel caso di villa Barbaro a Maser, il complesso non sarebbe mai stato costruito simmetricamente. Un esempio è la villa Pojana, dove la grande barchessa con raffinati capitelli dorici è certamente disegnata da Palladio. La barchessa esistente è esposta a Sud, e non viene bilanciata da un elemento corrispondente dall'altro lato della facciata principale.

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Secondo Giulio Carlo Argan, "le ville non hanno più nulla del castello né sono luoghi di delizie e di spassi, come il Palazzo Te a Mantova: sono ampie case di campagna, con annessi i rustici per la gestione della tenuta; la loro pianta è aperta, sciolta, articolata secondo lo spazio, le pendenze del terreno, le opportunità climatiche; i saloni non sono luoghi di rappresentanza ma ambienti destinati all'ospitalità, alla vita mondana, ai balli, ai concerti". "I parchi e i giardini, come natura educata o formata dall'uomo, collegano l'architettura ai larghi spazi coltivati, alle colline, ai boschi: segnano il passaggio, attraverso una progressiva elezione formale, dalla luce diffusa della natura alla luce cristallizzata nelle nitide superfici e nei ritmi compositivi delle costruzioni".

La vita in villa e la sua filosofia

Palladio riteneva che la villa fosse, oltre che centro di proprietà terriera, anche luogo di salute, benessere, studio e riflessione. Egli scrisse nei Quattro Libri: «Le Case della Città sono veramente al Gentil'uomo di molto splendore, e comodità, avendo in esse ad abitare tutto quel tempo, che li bisognerà per la amministrazione della Repubblica, e governo delle cose proprie. Ma non minore utilità, e consolazione caverà forse dalle case di Villa, dove il resto del tempo si passerà in vedere, e ornare le sue possessioni, e con industria, e arte dell'Agricoltura accrescer le facilità, dove anche per l'esercizio, che nella Villa si suol fare a piedi, e a cavallo, il corpo più agevolmente conserverà la sua sanità, e robustezza, e dove finalmente l'animo stanco delle agitazioni della Città, prenderà molto restauro, e consolazione, e quietamente potrà attendere a gli studi delle lettere, e alla contemplazione; come per questo gli antichi Savi volevano spesso volte usare di ritirarsi in simili luoghi, ove visitati da' virtuosi amici, e parenti loro, avendo case, giardini, fontane, e simili luoghi sollazzevoli, e sopra tutto la loro Virtù; potevano facilmente conseguir quella beata vita, che qua giù si può ottenere». (I quattro libri dell'architettura, II, pag.45)

Con le ville, i loro giardini, l'ambiente in cui sono costruite, Palladio affronta il tema, dibattuto nel XVI secolo, del rapporto fra civiltà e natura e lo risolve "affermando il profondo senso naturale della civiltà, sostenendo che la suprema civiltà consiste nel raggiungere il perfetto accordo con la natura senza perciò rinunciare a quella coscienza della storia che è la sostanza stessa della civiltà". Questo "spiega l'enorme fortuna che il pensiero e l'opera del Palladio avranno nel Settecento, quando i filosofi dell'Illuminismo sosterranno il fondamento naturale della civiltà umana".

La villa attraverso l'architettura e le decorazioni pittoriche dava quindi sfoggio della ricchezza, della nobiltà e del buon gusto della famiglia proprietaria. L'edificio, centro di direzione dell'azienda agricola, divenne luogo in cui l'aristocrazia curava i propri interessi non solo economici ma anche culturali, con lo studio e la meditazione (l'otium, secondo la definizione già data da Cicerone), senza trascurare il divertimento (caccia, danza, giochi di società, passeggiate nel brolo) ed il riposo dalla vita impegnata e faticosa della città (il negotium che in latino significava "occupazione", "affare".


What was significant about Palladio's villas? ›

Palladio's villas were built with their relationship to the immediate landscape in mind, reframing their surroundings as economic, political and cultural counters to the city. These days they offer a tranquil alternative to the busy cities of Venice, Verona and Padua at the height of the season.

Can you stay in a Palladian villa? ›

The villas have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 (more villas were added to the Palladian Villas of the Veneto registry in 1996), and most can be visited fully or in part (some villas only allow access to the external gardens).

How many Palladian villas are there? ›

The city of Vicenza and the Palladian villas of the Veneto is a serial site including the city of Vicenza and twenty-four Palladian villas scattered in the Veneto area.

What does Palladian style mean? ›

Palladianism was an approach to architecture strongly influenced by the sixteenth century architect Andrea Palladio. Characterised by Classical forms, symmetry, and strict proportion, the exteriors of Palladian buildings were often austere.

Why is it called a villa? ›

villa, country estate, complete with house, grounds, and subsidiary buildings. The term villa particularly applies to the suburban summer residences of the ancient Romans and their later Italian imitators. In Great Britain the word has come to mean a small detached or semidetached suburban home.

What is the purpose of villa? ›

The term villa designates several types of structure that share a natural setting or agrarian purpose. Included in the architecture of a villa may be working structures devoted to farming, referred to as villa rustica, as well as living quarters, or villa urbana.

Where is Palladio buried? ›

He was initially buried in a family vault in the church of Santa Corona in Vicenza, the city in which he spent most of his life, but later re-interred at the civic cemetery, where a chapel was built in his honour.

What makes a room a villa? ›

If a hotel resembles an apartment building, then a villa is like a private standalone home. This means a villa is completely self-contained: it includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms – basically, everything you'd expect from a home.

Is Palladian the same as Georgian? ›

The styles that resulted fall within several categories. In the mainstream of Georgian style were both Palladian architecture—and its whimsical alternatives, Gothic and Chinoiserie, which were the English-speaking world's equivalent of European Rococo.

What is the oldest house in Venice? ›

The Ca' da Mosto is a 13th-century, Venetian-Byzantine style palace, the oldest on the Grand Canal, located between the Rio dei Santi Apostoli and the Palazzo Bollani Erizzo, in the sestiere of Cannaregio in Venice, Italy.
Ca' da Mosto
Architectural styleByzantine
Town or cityVenice
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Which is the distinct feature in a Palladian style building? ›

Palladian architecture is famous for its stately symmetry, classical elements, and grand appearance. Columns and pillars, such as Corinthian columns, are often seen supporting open structures or porticos. Symmetry is an important feature of this style, with each half of a building mirroring the other.

What type of building is Palladio best known for? ›

Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily Vitruvius, is widely considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the history of architecture. While he designed churches and palaces, he was best known for country houses and villas.

What are the examples of Palladian style? ›

Outstanding among the preserved examples are the Queen's House at Greenwich (completed 1635), the Banqueting House at Whitehall (1619–22), and the Queen's Chapel at St. James Palace (1623). At the beginning of the Georgian period (1714–1830), a second and more consuming interest in Palladio developed.

Who is the famous Italian Palladian architect? ›

Andrea Palladio, original name Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, (born Nov. 30, 1508, Padua, Republic of Venice [Italy]—died August 1580, Vicenza), Italian architect, regarded as the greatest architect of 16th-century northern Italy.

What does a Palladian window look like? ›

Palladian window, in architecture, three-part window composed of a large, arched central section flanked by two narrower, shorter sections having square tops.

What is called a villa? ›

Villa is a standalone house that comes with a yard or veranda. These are usually in areas where there are other villas as well. Similar houses or villas in the same locality foster a sense of togetherness or a feeling of community that building flats have and yet they give you the privacy that bungalows promise.

Is villa Italian or Spanish? ›

Villa is a Spanish and Italian surname.

How would you describe an Italian villa? ›

The Italian Villa style is typically asymmetrical while the Italianate style emphasizes symmetry. Italian Villa have towers and are free-standing. Italianate buildings lack towers, and while they are often free-standing, the style was popular for urban row houses in cities such as San Francisco and New York.

What are disadvantages of villas? ›

Pros and cons of investing in villas
No overcrowdingMay only be available in suburban locations
Land ownershipLow rental yield
Easy to customiseLess popular in the rental market
High levels of hygieneHard to exit
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What are the benefits of a villa? ›

Advantages of living in a villa
  • Villa offers complete privacy. In almost all residential projects and apartment buildings, there are multiple units on the same floor. ...
  • Beautiful environment. ...
  • Villa can get you high returns on rent. ...
  • Customization. ...
  • A good neighborhood. ...
  • Good Amenities. ...
  • Independence. ...
  • Eco-Friendly.
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What is the difference between a house and villa? ›

They both stand in their plots that came with the building, but it's not about the similarities between the two ends. Villas are often modern in design, double-story, and offer all the latest in lavish lifestyles, while independent houses (also known as bungalows) typically offer traditional living space designs.

What was the most famous villa designed by Andrea Palladio? ›

At the top of a hill in northern Italy, not far from Venice, stands a majestic villa. Designed by Andrea Palladio, the Villa Almerico-Capra, commonly known as La Rotonda, would become one of the most recognizable buildings of the Renaissance.

Who gave Palladio name? ›

Trissino exposed Palladio to the history and arts of Rome, which gave him inspiration for his future buildings. Trissino also gave him the name by which he became known, Palladio, an allusion to the Greek goddess of wisdom Pallas Athene and to a character of a play by Trissino. The word Palladio means Wise one.

What did Palladio create? ›

In effect it was an early form of Neoclassical architecture. Palladio's greatest works include: the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore (1562, Venice), Villa Cornaro (1552-54, Piombino Dese, Treviso), Villa Capra (La Rotunda) (1566-91 Vicenza), and the Church of Il Redentore (1577-92, Venice).

What is the average size of a villa? ›

Technically, you can build a villa in any size, with some ranging up to 2,000 sq. ft. The average size is closer to 1,000 sq. ft., with many being 1,200 sq.

What is C type villa? ›

Home > Type C. Villa with four bedrooms built on one level with sizeable basement and garage. The layout offers three independent spaces all of which have individual pool access. Daytime, night-time and entertainment areas are ideally designed to enjoy hosting events, friends and family gatherings.

How many floors is a villa? ›

A villa usually comprises one or two floors. Ideally, the ground floor accommodates a bedroom, living room, drawing/dining room, bathroom and a kitchen. This is the basic requirement.

How do you tell if a house is Georgian or Victorian? ›

The Victorians had their own distinctive decorative elements which can distinguish a Victorian house from a Georgian one. These include stained glass panes in the windows, ornamented ridge tiles on the roof, shapely wooden barge boards beside the roof and the odd finial.

What makes a house a Georgian? ›

Georgian houses are characterized by their: Rigid symmetry in building mass as well as window and door placement. Brick, stone, or stucco (brick is most predominantly used) Hip roofs, sometimes with dormers.

How deep is the water under the houses in Venice? ›

The Grand Canal – the big canal that runs through the heart of Venice – is deeper, at an average of 5 metres, while the Canale della Giudecca – which separates the main part of Venice from the island of Giudecca – is around 12 to 17 metres deep.
Canal Grande5 meters
Canale Della Giudecca12 to 17 meters
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How many years does Venice have left? ›

It has been said for many years that Venice is sinking, but a new study suggests it could be as soon as 2100. A recent climate change study has warned that Venice will be underwater by 2100 if the acceleration of global warming is not curbed.

Why are houses in Venice built on water? ›

Originally, it was thought that 5th century Venetians were forced to flee from the mainland because of conquerors and invaders. The idea was that building Venice on top of its lagoons provided protections that the original settlers sought after.

What period is the Palladian style? ›

Palladianism was an architectural style fashionable in Britain between 1715 and 1760. It was based on the designs of the 16th-century Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508 – 80), widely considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the history of architecture.

How is the temple style both similar and different to Palladian style of architecture? ›

A temple style building features a design based on an ancient temple, while a Palladian building is based on Palladio's style of villa construction (see Renaissance Architecture).

What are the characteristics of architectural style? ›

An architectural style is characterized by the features that make a building or other structure notable and historically identifiable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, building materials, and regional character.

What color is Palladio? ›

One of our all time best selling colours, Palladio, is a light shade of beige.

What two Venice churches did Palladio design? ›

This ingenious solution was refined and perfected in the facades of San Giorgio Maggiore (1566, completed in 1610) and Il Redentore (1576, completed in 1592).

Who designed bar Palladio? ›

Designed by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans, Bar Palladio Jaipur is located within a daringly restored garden belvedere in the historic Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.

Which neoclassical architect is best known for Palladian style? ›

Palladian architecture is a European architectural style derived from the work of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580).

What are the three major architectural styles? ›

Architectural design adopted highly formalized decorative and structural characteristics, with a clear evolution of architectural style through three defined orders; Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.

What is the difference between Palladian and neoclassical? ›

In contrast with Palladianism, which followed Palladio's Renaissance-era interpretations of classical forms and details, Neoclassicism attempted to interpret them directly from antiquity.

What is the meaning of Palladio? ›

Definition of Palladian

: of or relating to a revived classical style in architecture based on the works of Andrea Palladio.

Why was Palladio so important? ›

Palladio reinterpreted the architecture of ancient Rome for his own time, says Hind. He believed his flexible design principles could be applied to any type of building. From the grandest to the most humble. From an imposing seat of government, to a country cowshed.

What is unique about Italian architecture? ›

Aside from the famous columns, arches and domes, there are two other elements that are uniquely Italian in their design and structure. The windows and doors! Even passing rows of housing on a simple street, you can't help but stop and stare at the windows and entranceways.

Are palladium windows dated? ›

The Palladian window was extremely popular in the Federal period of the late 18th century through the 1830s. The Palladian window reappeared on Colonial Revival structures during the early 20th century. A Federal era Palladian window, seen below, generally has more detail than a Colonial Revival era Palladian window.

What is a half moon window called? ›

A lunette window is commonly called a half-moon window, or fanlight when bars separating its panes fan out radially.

What is unique about Palladio's Villa Rotonda? ›

A building with four façades

As an architect, Palladio was acutely interested in engaging viewers, something he often accomplished by making use of striking façades. What makes La Rotonda extremely unique is that it displays not one, but four of them.

Why is the Villa Rotonda important? ›

Villa la Rotonda is perhaps the most significant building of the Renaissance, revered for both its connection to Roman classicism and innovative design that would impact architects (including Thomas Jefferson) for generations to come.

What made Palladio's country estates different from other Renaissance villas? ›

And yet, unlike other villas in the Veneto, Palladio designed La Rotonda without adjacent farm fields, or service buildings such as barns or warehouses.

Why is the Rose Seidler house Significant? ›

Designed by the young Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max, the house overturned almost every convention of suburban home design. It was in fact the promise of designing a house for his mother that brought Harry to Australia, and its success helped launch his Australian and soon after international career.

Which architectural characteristics are evident in Palladio's villa Rotunda? ›

Villa Rotonda demonstrates Palladio's mastery in crystallizing classical ideals of geometric form, absolute symmetry, and harmonic proportion in plain, dignified designs.

What was the villa Rotunda used for? ›

In the case of Villa Capra, specifically commissioned by a clergyman, are represented on various allegories to religious life. The house itself is a suburban residence that served as a meeting place for the aristocracy in the region of Vicenza and the celebration of leisure activities – for the literary class.

Why was the villa Rotunda built? ›

Completed in 1592, la Villa Capra “La Rotonda” was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1567. Commissioned by Paolo Almerico, he asked the architect to create a place for his recreation, a building that combined the housing needs with duties, a place where he could spend his last years between lethargy and 'holy agriculture.

Why is it called the Rotunda? ›

A rotunda (from Latin rotundus) is any building with a circular ground plan, and sometimes covered by a dome. It may also refer to a round room within a building (a famous example being the one below the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.). The Pantheon in Rome is a famous rotunda.

What shape is a Palladian window? ›

The Palladian window became an emblem of Palladio's work which consists of a semi-circular arch above two rectangular window casings, creating a stunning window opening. Since a Palladian arched window is an odd shaped window, a few options are advised.

Who owns villa rotunda? ›

Finally, the lower part of the central circular hall was decorated by French painter Louis Dorigny in the second half of the 17th century. Acquired by count Attilio Valmarana in 1912, the villa is owned today by his heirs and open to the public since 1980.

What was the most famous villa designed by Andrea Palladio? ›

The most famous suburban villa constructed by Palladio was the Villa Capra "La Rotonda", not far from Vicenza, begun in 1566 for Count Paolo Almerico, the canon of Pope Pius IV and Pope Pius V.

What are old Italian mansions called? ›

A villa is a type of house that was originally an ancient Roman upper class country house. Since its origins in the Roman villa, the idea and function of a villa have evolved considerably.

What are three characteristics of the Renaissance style in architecture? ›

Renaissance style places emphasis on symmetry, proportion, geometry and the regularity of parts, as demonstrated in the architecture of classical antiquity and in particular ancient Roman architecture, of which many examples remained.

Who owns Rose Seidler House? ›

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

What is unique about the Rose Seidler House? ›

The house featured glass walls, asymmetrical composition, cubic shapes and a flat roof; this was architecture unlike anything built in Australia before. Rose Seidler House won the RAIA Sir John Sulman Medal for 1951, one of the most prestigious awards in Australian architecture and the first of five he won.

How do you access Rose Seidler House? ›

The closest train stations are Turramurra and Wahroonga (North Shore line), both about 3.5km from Rose Seidler House. From either station, the walk to the house takes about 40 minutes. From Turramurra station, the 575 bus will take you to Cherrywood Avenue, and from there it's a 3-minute walk to Rose Seidler House.


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