In this chapter we discuss one of the most precious gems of the lower Vicenza area, made by the architect Andrea Palladio, the Villa Pojana.
Villa Pojana is another incredible work by the architect Andrea Palladio, who designed this villa around 1546, in Pojana Maggiore, in the province of Vicenza. The work was commissioned by Bonifacio Poiana, representative of a family from Vicenza who, thanks to the service rendered to the Republic of Venice during the War of the League of Cambrai, became the owner of vast lands.
The villa is one of the most popular villas of Palladio, it is simple, raised on a base and practically lacking in architectural elements in stone, like capitals, probably to contain costs. The main floor on the inside is dominated by a large hall decorated by the sculptor Bartolomeo Ridolfi and by painters Bernardino India and Anselmo Canera, who seems to remember the thermal baths of ancient Rome.
The structure resembles that of the nearby Villa Saraceno, both for its decorative sobriety and for its size. As with many other villas built on the plains in those times, the link between architecture and cultivated fields is even more visible since the topography did not allow the site to be raised, and for this reason stairs are inserted with the intention of accentuating the central plan of the building, thus creating a gap with the cornfields and pastures.
- Info Villa Pojana
- Place: Poiana Maggiore - Vicenza
- Address: via Castello 43
- Phone: 0444 898554
- Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 and 3:00 - 6:00
- Saturday 10:00 - 1:00 and 3:00 - 6:00
- Sunday 10:00 - 1:00 and 3:00 - 6:00