In this chapter we discuss one of the masterpieces of the architect Andrea Palladio, immersed in the green hills of Vicenza, Villa Piovene.
Villa Piovene is located a few steps away from Villa Godi in Lonedo di Lugo and is one of the Palladian villas included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1996. The road that climbs from the town center through the green hills of high Vicenza, ends in an elegant gate, from which you can see the graceful construction.
The central part of the building was built in 1539 on a project by Andrea Palladio, but it was only in the second half, in the mid-eighteenth century that the architect Francesco Muttoni built the lateral barchessa, renewed the garden and made the double-ramp staircase which leads to the loggia.
Unfortunately, at the moment the villa can’t be visited, as the old Countess Piovene Porto Godi has elected the villa her permanent residence, but it is still possible to visit the magnificent 19th century park and the historic garden.
Curiosity: Villa Piovene and Villa Godi were built in a sort of competition between the two families, which at the time were the most important in the Vicenza area, so much to divide land and rents of the district. Despite numerous attempts to settle, the Godi family and the Piovene family were in constant dispute and the short truces were based, in fact, on very fragile foundations, and soon it came to the murder of one of the two contenders.
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