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In this chapter we discuss one of the wonders of Vicenza and one of the most famous works by Andrea Palladio, Villa Angarano.

Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel is one of the Palladian wonders of the Vicenza area, located north of Bassano del Grappa in the Contrà San Eusebio, at the mouth of the Valsugana. The project presented by the architect Andrea Palladio around 1548 for the residence of his great friend Giacomo Angarano, was only partially realized, in fact, only the two lateral wings belong to the famous architect, who considered creating two U-shaped barchesse , which pressed the central body particularly protruding.

Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel

Among the many Vicenza nobles, Palladio maintains a certain esteem towards Giacomo Angarano, who realizes three projects for him, a palace in Vicenza, which will host the wedding of Palladio's daughter, in 1564, a bridge over the Cismon stream and the villa from Angarano. In particular, the architect reports in his books how much the villa enjoyed the proximity of the Brenta river, both for the primary good of the water, both for the number of fish and especially for the possibility that the river was navigable. The project stopped when Stefano Angarano's son Stefano died in 1558, who was forced to sell the villa in Angarano in order to return the dowry to his son's widow. The consequence for the villa was immediate, the work stopped and the building passed into the hands of several owners, up to Paolo Gradenigo, who in 1654 married Maria Molin.

Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel

The Gardenigo family, important exponents and senators of the Republic of Venice, were the architects of the variations of the complex, which we can still see today. The central body was built between the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries by the architect Domenico Margutti, a pupil of Baldassare Longhena.

On the barchessa on the right side we find a small noble church of San Maria Maddalena, a work attributed to Margutti, instead the eighteen statues that crown the structure are by Giacomo Cassetti, called il Marinali, and represent sacred subjects. Subsequently, the villa passed into the hands of the Pisans, in the early nineteenth century once again into the hands of the Venetian Michiel family, and later to the Bianchi Michiel counts. Even today the Villa Angarano is owned by the Bianchi Michiel family, who live in harmony within these walls, passing on the importance of a prestigious past from generation to generation.

Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel

The villa is located in an alluvial soil, immersed in a climate particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines and olives, probably thanks to the breeze blowing during the day and night from the Valsugana. In fact, this area, as Palladio himself also testifies, has been cultivating and producing excellent wine for many centuries. Today it is part of the DOC Breganze, the road of Torcolato wine and Breganze wines, an enotourist route that extends in the Vicenza foothills, in an area between the Astico and Brenta rivers. Do not miss the traditional Grape Festival of San Eusebio and its market inside the Villa Angarano in mid-September. Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996, along with other Palladian villas in the Veneto region.

◊ THE VALSUGANA

The Valsugana

One of the most beautiful valleys in the Veneto region, marked by stories, legends and traditions.

◊ 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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