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In this chapter we discuss another work of the architect Andrea Palladio, located in the countryside of the lower Vicenza area, Villa Saraceno.

Villa Saraceno, located in the isolated Vicenza countryside between the historic center of Vicenza, and the wonderful walled cities of Montagnana and Este. In this area of the Vicenza province, we find other splendid Palladian works to visit, such as the Pisani factory in Bagnolo, villa Pojana in Poiana Maggiore and finally villa Saraceno.

The villa has perfectly preserved the structure and functionality that the sixteenth-century patrons had designed for her.

Villa Saraceno

In fact, this work was designed by Andrea Palladio around 1548 for Biagio Saraceno, a prominent public man, who asked the architect to restructure an existing agricultural courtyard. The use of stone is limited to the frames of the windows and doors, a choice that highlights the overall simplicity, with a short staircase leading to the loggia on the main floor, embellished with three arched openings, surmounted by a beautiful tympanum with pilasters .

The building is crossed frontally and posteriorly by two rivers, which insert it into the suggestive natural panorama of the lower Vicenza area. The structure recalls the typical Venetian palace, which presented itself with a door towards the water perpendicular to another door towards the earth.

Villa Saraceno

A typical solution that allowed an ideal continuation between land and water, so that passing through the villa, it created a sublime decoration perfectly contextualized to the surrounding landscape. Its interior develops around a central T-shaped hall, the loggia and the hall retain only part of the decorations of different hands made after 1570.
Since 1989 the structure has been owned by the British foundation The Landmark Trust, which took care of the renovation, and which today rents the entire property from which sixteen beds have been obtained. To visit it, unless you intend to reside there, you must make arrangements in time with the caretaker. Villa Saraceno together with the other Venetian villas since 1996 have become part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

◊ THE PALLADIAN VILAS

The Palladian Villas

The wonderful Palladian Villas, a World Heritage Site in the Vicenza area, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio.

◊ THE TERRITORY

The Vicenza Province

Famous for the nicknames about cats.

◊ THE VICENZA PROVINCE ◊

It is one of the most industrialized and richest areas in Italy but, at the same time, still maintains many green and wild areas. You’ll beamazed by the charm of this city thanks to its Palladian villas, sumptuous palaces, the great green valleys that run throughout the territory, such as the Valsugana, and the great enchanted woods of the Seven Municipalities Plateau. Do not miss the typical towns of Vicenza, set in the territory as precious diamonds, which preserve works and typical products of the highest prestige. This province, famous for the nicknames about cats, will surprise you day by day for its artistic beauties scattered throughout the territory. Plan your holidays in the province of Vicenza, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you to take the right path for your trip.

 

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