OVERVIEW Ai Nani
Looking for a Veneto accomodation? Villa Valmarana ai Nani is a marvellous architectural and artistic site composed by three buildings and an 18th century park. The 3 buildings are the Palazzina (owners’ residence), the Foresteria (guest-house) and the Scuderia (stables).
A wonderful loft-like holiday apartment for 6, complete with wifi and air conditioning, has recently been restored in the top floor of the Foresteria. This is Italian modern architecture as we like it. A simple and linear use of wood, glass and iron matches the 18th century frescoes on the walls (in one bedroom). Simple and comfortable modern furniture completes the picture.
The long-stretched living&dining&kitchen has a mezzanine with a library with precious old books. The windows look out over the unspoilt valletta del silenzio (valley of silence) and the Monastery of Monte Berico to one side and the Villa and its gardens to the other. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The apartment has no garden, but the thrill of staying in a place which has inspired many great artists – let us just mention Goethe – should make up for this. This is a very special Veneto accommodation, particularly for art lovers.
Vicenza can be reached on foot in 20 minutes using an 18th century covered archway. By car it is 5 minutes.
Villa Valmarana, where the Valmarana family still lives, is open to the public for visiting its frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo (1757). The frescoes in the main villa and the foresteria are universally considered the highest expression of the painting of the eighteenth century and one of the highest examples of the Tiepolo’s genius.
Ai Nani is a perfect place for those who wish to spend a few days in Vicenza, the town of Palladio, in a very special atmosphere.
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Internet access
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
- Final cleaning
Service on request:
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
Floorplan of the villa
- Living room
- Dining room
- 1 double room
- 2 twin bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
ESTATE: 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.Read more about Villa Valmarana
- 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.
(rates in € / week)
GUEST REVIEWS, Ai Nani, Villa Valmarana
Wir sind wieder aus dem Veneto zurück und hatten eine schöne Reise mit tollem Wetter.
Die Unterkunft "Valmarana ai Nani" hat auch zu der perfekten Woche beigetragen - eine absolut empfehlenswerte Adresse! Es hat organisatorisch alles gut geklappt: Netter Empfang durch Sig. Valmarana und ihre Mitarbeiter, alles weitere sehr unkompliziert. Es ist immer jemand auf dem Anwesen, den man bei Fragen ansprechen kann. Die Wohnung war sehr sauber und es war alles da, was man braucht.
Insgesamt also eine uneingeschränkt empfehlenswerte Adresse!
Vielen Dank nochmal für die gute Organisation, wir werden sicherlich wieder einmal auf Sie zurück kommen!
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