In the 16th century, over a hundred magnificent villas, all executed
by a single man, blanketed the Veneto countryside around the city
of Vicenza. The man responsible for these astounding works was
the most important architect of his time: Andrea Palladio.
A stonemason turned classical architect and theorist, Palladios
legacy directly builds on that of other great Renaissance masters
such as Michelangelo, and continues to influence architects throughout
A visit to Northern Italy, therefore, cannot be considered complete
without travels throughout this Palladian landscape, admiring
highlights from this great body of work. Thomas Jefferson, while
ambassador to France, is even believed to have made the trip,
later modeling his own Monticello after Palladios La Rotonda.
Today, a number of these villas, many still privately owned, can
be visited and enjoyed much as they were four centuries ago. Several
still preserve the period furniture and sumptuous frescoed interiors
commissioned by their original occupants.
To better appreciate the finer points of these architectural masterpieces,
as well as the gentlemanly life of leisure that grew up alongside
them, your home base for two nights will be a Palladian villa
now converted into a lovely hotel. Two delicious trattoria lunches
are included in our itinerary.
Trip length: 2 days, 3 nights