Overview of the Villa Valmarana
Villa Valmarana ai Nani is a marvellous architectural and artistic site above Vicenza composed by three buildings and 18th century park. Vicenza is a lovely 20 Minute walk down 18th century steps covered by a vault. By car you will be downtown in 7 minutes.
The three buildings – the Palazzina (Owners’ Residence) (1669), the Foresteria (Guest-House) and the Scuderia (Stables) (1720) – are surrounded by a park divided into a “giardino all’italiana” with dovecote and picturesque well, a hornbeam alley which leads to a Pagoda in the woods.
This not being enough, from Villa Valmarana you can take a footpath which leads you to one of Palladio’s most famous villas, La Rotonda.
Back to Valmarana: The Palazzina and the Foresteria are world famous for their frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, hired in 1757 by Giustino Valmarana. The frescoes were made in a little over 4 months.
The Villa takes its name “ai Nani” (which means dwarfs) from the statues of the 17 stone dwarfs on the walls surrounding the house.
The Valmarana family still lives in the Villa, which is universally considered the highest expression of the painting of the eighteenth century and one of the highest examples of the Tiepolo’s genius.
Villa Valmarana’s gardens and formal reception rooms are open to the public between the beginning of March and the beginning of November, the gates close at 6 pm. Sometimes the villa is let for weddings or similar.
HOUSES ON THIS ESTATE AVAILABLE FOR WEEKLY RENTAL
Number of beds : 6
Villa Valmarana ai Nani lies up in the hills above Vicenza, door to door with another world famous villa, Paladdio’s La Rotonda. You can walk down to the center of Vicenza in 15 minutes.
- Vicenza center of town 2,4 km – 5 min
- Padua 40 km – 35 min
- Venice 70 km – 50 min
- Verona 60 km – 45 min
- Lake Garda 80 km – 1 hr
- Bassano del Grappa 35 km – 45 min
- Asolo 50 km – 1 hr
- Mantova 95 km – 1 hr
Activities & Places of interest
- The Venetian Villas: The hinterland of Venice is famous for the numerous villas (apparently more than 3.000) built between the 15th and the 19th century by whealthy venetians. Some of them are open to the public, for instance Villa Barbaro in Maser, Villa Emo in Fanzolo, and the Villa La Rotonda outside Vicenza. Other interesting villas are the villa Valmarana “Ai Nani” with frescoes by Tiepolo, the Catajo castle and villa Barbarigo which has a baroque garden with boxwood labyrinth.
- The main cultural landmarks of northern Italy: Villa Valmarana’s strategic location makes easy day trips to Padua, Venice, Vérona, Ferrara, lake Garda, Este, Montagnana, Monselice, or Arqua’Petrarca. Each of these towns offers highly interesting sight-seeing. In Padua you will not want to miss „Cappella degli Scrovegni“ with wall to wall frescoes by Giotto. This work of art is considered to be the beginning of the Renaissance.
- Villa Valmarana lies in walking distance of the church of Monte Berico which has a tomb designed by Palladio and a beautiful altar piece painted by Paolo Veronese.
- 1,5 acres of contemporary art and design at the Bisazza Foundation, which was opened in June 2012 in Montecchio Maggiore (6 miles from Vicenza)
- Interesting fashion outlets such as Armani (in the village Trissino) and Bottega Veneta (in the outskirts of Vicenza).
- The Guardian published an interesting article about Vicenza on november 25th 2012.