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Ca’ Marcello’s centuries old park

The  whole  park  is  90.000  square  meters  wide  and  surrounds the villa on every side.
The  Marcello  archive  disappeared  in  a  fire,  leaving much  to speculation. A garden is  not thought to have existed here  until the  eighteenth  century, when  the   house was  impressively renovated  for  large-scale  entertaining.  In  that  period  the  new façade was enriched adding the semi-columns, the balconies, the lateral loggias, and the series of statues on the tympanum and  the  terrace.  The  comparison  between  18th  century’s  front façade  and  the  back  one  is  very interesting:  the  back  façade has  remained  unchanged  since  16th  century,  more  rigorous and sober with its Palladian classical stamp.

The centuries-old park can be divided in two different architectural areas: the Italian garden and the English garden.

The Italian style garden

In front of the villa the Italian Garden holds eighteenth and nineteenth century statuary of mythological figures, centred around a fountain and simple grass parterres. There are several flowering plant varieties, which flourish alternatively from April to October. From this point you get a complete view of the lateral arcade wings (barchesse). On each side the gate piers are surmounted by statues of the Four Seasons, with Winter depicted as an old man and Summer grasping a scythe. This austerely elegant lay-out was put in place in the twentieth century to replace a fussier, nineteenth century composition. The more recent introduction of soft powder-blue plumbago in pots successfully lightens the severity of the stone.

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The English park

Continuing  the  walk  in  the  wide  and  luxuriant  English park, through long rows of hornbeams, lime trees and oak trees you can find some essences which are  very rare in their longevity. It  is  worth  mentioning  the  three-hundreds-year  old  hornbeam and liriodendron, which are among the oldest in Veneto. Trees of  particular  interest  are  also  the  age-long  red  beech and plane.  A  small  portion  of  the  park  is  dedicated  to  the nursery
and   to   the   flowers.   Apart   from   the   naturalistic-botanical
heritage, the walk leads the visitor to an picturesque sixteenth-century dove cote (colombaia),  used for breeding the pigeons (useful  to  send  daily  messages  to  Venice,  but  also  exquisite ingredients of many traditional Venetian recipes). You can also see  a  private  chapel  and  a  large  fish-pond  (obtained  by  filling the  quarry,  needed  to  build  the  house,  with  running  water). Some  parts  of  the  park  are  left  as  woods  with  age-long trees and  numerous  statues  representing  animals  and  realistic  or fairytale characters (among them the curious series of “the  dwarfs” and of the “musician monkeys”).

Functional architectures

The park of Ca’ Marcello is an excellent example of the Venetian Villa’s typical landscape architecture. The main function of gardens, orchards and parks of the villas were to help self-sufficient daily life inside the property.
Elements such as fish ponds, dovecote, kitchen gardens and orchards allowed to produce and store varied and fresh food at hand and the barchesse, unmistakable arcaded buildings, contained the products of agriculture, real engine of the Venetian Villa.
The usefulness was the basis of the design choices, in which the beauty gave overall balance and harmony with the residential main body.

Barchesse

The barchesse are an architectural element that characterizes almost all of the Venetian Villas, located beside the main house or as stand-alone buildings.
Those of Ca’ Marcello are remarkable structures with rounded arches, placed ahead of the front of the villa. They are composed of different areas related to the agricultural activities of the past, like the ‘mezzà’ (the farm’s management center), the cellar and the granaries.

La peschiera

Originally this place was the pit for the extraction of the sand and the clay useful in the creation of the bricks for the house. Then the pit was filled with water thanks to an aquifer and converted into a fishpond, helping to ensure the subsistence of the villa. Even today, the fishpond is populated by different species of fish, visible walking along its banks.

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Dovecote

The dovecote is a building dated back to the half of the sixteenth century, the construction period of the original housing unit.
It was used for the breeding of pigeons, a delicious ingredient in the traditional local recipes but also an important means of communication for the correspondence between the mainland and Venice.
Another function of the dovecote was, between 1700 and 1900, the breeding of silkworms for silk production necessary for the realization of the curtains, bed linen and other artifacts of the villa.

Private chapel

The private chapel, dating back to 1753 and dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus, has a façade similar to the villa, with half columns with Ionic capitals and a tympanum with denticulate frame. The building houses the family graves and still welcomes the main celebrations dedicated to the Marcellos.

Statues of Ca’ Marcello

Static attendance during the day and mysterious figures after sunset, the many statues dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the Ca’ Marcello’s historical park, represent characters from different cultures and traditions. Walking through the long paths of the park, you can admire the series inspired by mythology greek-Roman and the four seasons, the ‘grotesque’ and the neoclassical statues. There are also numerous decorative sculptures that enrich the stone heritage of Ca’ Marcello.

Mythological theme

The statues of Ca’ Marcello represent various ancient myths that remind moral virtues, vices and impossible loves, in a tangle of fascinating stories and immortal characters. The strong Hercules controls the entrance, in the English park you can meet Diana, unquestionable lady of the forest, and in the Italian garden there are four mythological representations, from Apollo and Marsyas to Zephyr and Flora.

Fable theme

Extravagant figures surprise you through the winding paths of the romantic park. These bizarre presences were wanted by the owner who desired to follow the fashion of the time: a group of dwarves representing an eighteenth-century nobleman with his wife and their entourage, and a monkeys orchestra ready for the concert.

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Allegoric theme

The allegorical statues in the park show the main feautures of the villa, a place linked to agriculture and summer resort. At one of the entrances guests are welcomed by the sculpture and painting, while in the park returns twice the theme of the four seasons.

Venetian masks

Complete the stone heritage of the park, many Venetian masks representing guilds’s members of arts and crafts which were distinguished by the clothing and accessories for each activity.

Variety of plant life

The lush historical park of Ca’ Marcello, which extends all around the villa, houses 32 trees, including a tercentenaries hornbeam and tulip tree, among the oldest in the Veneto. There are also various flowering plants in the garden, with alternating blooms from April to October (forsythia, magnolia, salvia, hydrangea and different ancient species of roses are the main essences).

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Trees index

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Centuries-old trees

1. BROAD-LEAF PRIVET | Ligustrum lucidum – Oleaceae
2. BLACK POPLAR | Populus nigra italica – Saliceae
3. YEW | Taxus baccata – Taxaceae
4. COMMON LIME | Tilia x europaea – Tiliaceae
5. BLACK PINE | Pinus nigra – Pinaceae
6. MAGNOLIA SOLANGEANA | Magnolia soulangeana alba – Magnoliaceae
7. CHERRY LAUREL | Prunus laurocerasus – Rosaceae
8. JAPANESE CEDAR | Cryptomeria japonica – Taxodiaceae
9. EUROPEAN BOX | Buxus sempervirens – Buxaceae
10. TREE OF HEAVEN | Ailanthus altissima – Simaroubaceae
11. ARIZONA CYPRESS | Cupressus arizonica – Cupressaceae
12. EUROPEAN HORNBEAM | Carpinus Betulus – Betulaceae
13. BLACK LOCUST | Robinia pseudoacacia – Leguminosae
14. OAK | Quercus robur – Fagaceae
15. PACIFIC REDCEDAR | Thuja plicata – Cupressaceae
16. HAZEL | Corylus avellana – Betulaceae
17. EUROPEAN BEECH | Fagus sylvatica – Fagaceae
18. HORSE-CHESTNUT | Aesculus hippocastanum – Hippocastanaceae
19. SILVER POPLAR | Populus alba – Silicaceae
20. ITALIAN CYPRESS | Cupressus sempervirens – Cupressaceae
21. FIELD ELM | Ulmus minor – Ulmaceae
22. DEODAR CEDAR | Cedrus deodora – Pinaceae
23. WEEPING BEECH | Fagus sylvatica pendula – Fagaceae
24. MAGNOLIA | Magnolia grandiflora – Magnoliaceae
25. FIELD MAPLE | Acer campestre – Aceraceae
26. ROSE MALLOW | Hibiscus syriacus – Malvaceae
27. BLACK POPLAR | Populus nigra – Silicaceae
28. SWEET GUM | Liquidambar styraciflua – Hamamelidaceae
29. EUROPEAN BEECH | Fagus sylvatica purpurea – Fagaceae
30. LONDON PLANE | Platanus acerifolia – Platanaceae
31. TULIP TREE | Liriodendron tulipifera – Magnoliaceae
32. SWEET CHESTNUT | Castanea sativa – Fagaceae

Flowers

BEAR’S BREECHES | Acanthus L. – Acanthaceae
ALLIUM | Allium Amaryl – Liliaceae
COMMON HAWTHORN | Crataegus monogyna – Rosaceae
BUTTERFLY BUSH | Buddleja L. – Buddlejaceae
FORSYTHIA | Forsythia viridissima- Oleaceae
FORSYTHIA | Forsythia suspensa – Oleaceae
SWEET WILLIAM | Dianthus barbatus – Caryophyllaceae
WISTERIA | Wisteria sinensis – Fabaceae
PERFORATE ST JOHN’S-WORT | Hypericum perforatum – Clusiaceae
IRIS | Iris x barbata – Iridaceae
WATER FLAG | Iris pseudacorus – Iridaceae
YUCCA | Yucca – Agavaceae
KERRIA | Kerria Japonica Pleniflora – Rosaceae
CRAPE MYRTLE | Lagerstroemia indica – Lythraceae
LAVENDER | Lavandula L. – Lamiaceae
CHINESE PRIVET | Ligustrum sinense – Oleaceae
LIMON TREE | Citrus × limon – Rutaceae
GOLDEN CHAIN | Laburnum anagyroides – Fabaceae
COMMON HOLLYHOCK | Alcea rosea – Malvaceae
SARGENT’S APPLE | Malus sargentii – Rosaceae
EUROPEAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE | Solanum nigrum – Solanaceae
NARCISSUS | Narcissus L . – Amaryllidaceae
OLEANDER | Nerium oleander L. – Apocynaceae
GRAY HYDRANGEA | Hydrangea cinerea- Hydrangeaceae
BIGLEAF HYDRANGEA | Hydrangea macrophilla – Hydrangeaceae
JAPANESE QUINCE | Chaenomeles japonica – Rosaceae
PLUMBAGO | Plumbago L. – Plumbaginaceae
WHITE ROSE OF YORK | Rosa x alba – Rosaceae
DOG-ROSE | Rosa canina L. – Rosaceae
KERRIA | Kerria japonica – Rosaceae
ICEBERG | Rosaceae
ROSE| Rosaceae
CONEFLOWERS | Rudbeckia L. – Asteraceae
TROPICAL SAGE | Salvia splendens – Lamiaceae
SAXIFRAGA | Saxifragaceae
ASTER | Aster – Compositae
SPIRAEA | Spiraea L. – Rosaceae
SURFINIA | Surfinia – Solanaceae
VERVAIN | Verbena L. – Verbenaceae
VIBURNUM | Viburnum L. – Caprifoliaceae

Guests comments | Private visits and dinings

Carolyn M. Putney, Toledo USA
Dear Jacopo
I want to thank you so much for the warm reception, delicious lunch and remarkable tour you gone to the Toledo group. It was truly a lovely visit and we hope to return one day soon! Best of lunch in all your endeavors.

Chief Curator, Director of Collections, Curator of Asian Art – Toledo Musem of Art

Paul, Bristol UK
As a member of the group which visited you recently, I do want to send you my warmest thanks for your generous hospitality to us that day. The most delicious lunch you gave us in the garden, (such a lovely change after the restaurants) and the very interesting talk about the villa and the grounds. A beautiful place, and thank you again for all your kindness.

Jenny, London UK
Dear Conte Marcello,
Thank you again, so very much, for having our group to lunch at Villa Marcello during our recent visit to the Veneto. It was a great pleasure to meet you and your son, and a wonderful treat to be able to see your beautiful villa. We were thrilled to be allowed to see it and to have Jacopo’s wonderful descriptions of the rooms, frescoes, furniture and wonderful stories behind everything.
He did a masterful job of explaining everything in a clear and charming way.
Thank you for your hospitality and generosity, for a delicious and delightful lunch and for the opportunity to admire your beautiful home.

George, Philadelphia USA
Dear Count Vettor and Count Jacopo,
I am writing to express sincere thanks to you for the delightful hospitality you provide for us at your villa. It was a privilege to be shown the beautiful villa and its gardens and an even greater pleasure to meet you and have your company for lunch under the trees.

Susan Fisher Sterling, Washington USA
Dear Lord Jacopo,
Thank you for hosting members of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Director’s Circle in October at Villa Marcello. The visit was fascinating and the opportunity for a luncheon with you was particularly welcome. Thank you for your gracious hospitality. With appreciation and best wishes

Director – National Museum of Women in the Arts

Shuttle and transfer bus hire

Ca’ Marcello is located in a quiet countryside area and this means not being served by public transport! Here you can find our suggestions to reach the villa with a private auto, mini-van or bus.

1 Bonaventura Express
2 La Marca Autoservizi
3 Dal Bello Autoservizi
4 Autoservizi Oliviero Tour
5 Rigato
6 Autonoleggio Mattiazzo
7 ATVO

1. Bonaventura express

Via Sant’Ambrogio 36, Badoere di Morgano (TV)
Phone +39 0422 837122
Email info@bonaventuraexpress.com
Web www.bonaventuraexpress.com

3. Dal Bello autoservizi

Via Ponte di Pagnano 12, Asolo (TV)
Phone +39 0423 952086
Email info@vichidaviaggi.it
Web www.vichidaviaggi.it

5. Rigato

Viale della Regione Veneto 10, Padova
Phone +39 049 8703570
Email noleggio@rigato.it
Web www.rigato.it

7. ATVO

Piazza 4 Novembre, San Donà di Piave (VE)
Phone +39 0421 5944
Email atvo@atvo.it
Web www.atvo.it

2. La Marca autoservizi

Lungo Sile Mattei 29, Treviso
Phone +39 0422 577380
Email paolo.mulachie@mobilitadimarca.it
Web www.mobilitadimarca.it/noleggi

4. Autoservizi Oliviero Tour

Via degli Alpini 56, Torri di Quartesolo (VI)
Phone +39 0444 580329
Email: info@olitour.com
Web www.olivierotours.it

6. Autonoleggio Mattiazzo

Piazzale Roma 496/E, Venezia
Phone +39 041 5220884
Email: info@mattiazzo.it
Web www.mattiazzo.it

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Where to sleep

If you didn’t choose to spend your vacation at the Barchessa Apartment, wich is hosted in the west wing of Ca’ Marcello, you can find our suggestions for B&B – farmhouses and hotels near the villa, ideal for small to large groups of visitors.

B&B – Farmhouses

1 Agriturismo Ca’ Florian
2 Agriturismo Ca’ de Memi

Hotels

3 Hotel Antico Mulino ***
4 Albergo al Moretto ****
5 Hotel alla Torre ****
6 Hotel Fior ****
7 Al Tezzon hotel *****

Business hotels

8 BHR Treviso Hotel ****
9 Move hotel ****

B&B – Farmhouses

1. Agriturismo Ca' Florian

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 5 min | n. of rooms: 9
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Scandolara 89, Scandolara di Zero Branco (TV)
Phone +39 347 3643863
Email info@caflorian.it
Web www.caflorian.it

2. Agriturismo Ca' de Memi

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 10 min | n. of rooms: 9
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Roma 4/B, Piombino Dese (PD)
Phone +39 049 9366516
Email info@cadememi.it
Web www.cadememi.it

Hotels

3. Hotel Antico Mulino ***

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 20 min | n. of rooms: 30
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Moglianese 37, Scorzè (VE)
Phone +39 041 584 0700
Email info@hotelanticomulino.com
Web www.hotelanticomulino.com

5. Hotel alla Torre ****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 20 min | n. of rooms: 54
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Piazza Trento Trieste 7, Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
Phone +39 0423 498707
Email info@hotelallatorre.it
Web www.hotelallatorre.it

7. Al Tezzon hotel *****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 25 min | n. of rooms: 41
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Trento Trieste 33/10, Camposampiero (PD)
Phone +39 041 5972700
Email info@altezzonhotel.com
Web www.altezzonhotel.com

4. Albergo al Moretto ****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 20 min | n. of rooms: 48
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via S.Pio X 10, Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
Phone +39 0423 721313
Email albergo.al.moretto@apf.it
Web www.albergoalmoretto.it

6. Hotel Fior ****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 20 min | n. of rooms: 42
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via dei Carpani 18, Castelfranco Veneto(TV)
Phone +39 0423 721212
Email info@hotelfior.com
Web www.hotelfior.com

Business hotels

8. BHR Treviso hotel ****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 25 min | n. of rooms: 133
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Postumia 2, Quinto di Treviso (TV)
Phone +39 0422 3730
Email info@bassohotels.it
Web www.bhrtrevisohotel.com

9. Move Hotel ****

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 25 min | n. of rooms: 203
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Bonfandini 1, Mogliano Veneto (TV)
Phone +39 041 5977001
Email info@movehotel.it
Web www.movehotelvenezia.com

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Where to eat

As an alternative to the special experience of a private lunch or dinner at Ca’ Marcello, we suggest selected restaurants, from the most suitable for large groups to those with a special charm.

1 Al Munaron
2 Baracca storica hostaria
3 Da Pino
4 Ristorante Zairo
5 Ristorante enoteca Mediterraneo
6 Ca’ Busatti
7 Ristorante Fior
8 Toni del Spin
9 Ristorante Villa Cipriani
10 Pedrocchi
11 Ristorante birreria Ottone

Suggested restaurants for groups

1. Al Munaron

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 1 min   |   Price: € 15-25
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Munaron 28, Vedelago (TV)
Phone +39 0423 481961
Email ristorantemunaron@gmail.com
Web www.ristorantealmunaron.com

2. Baracca antica hostaria

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 10 min   |   Price: € 20-35
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Ronchi 1,  Trebaseleghe PD
Phone +39 049 9385126
Email info@ristorantebaracca.it
Web www.ristorantebaracca.it

3. Da Pino

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 25 min | Price: € 15-30
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Piazza dei Signori 23, Treviso
Phone +39 0422 412337
Email info@dapino.it
Web www.dapino.it

4. Ristorante Zairo

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 45 min | Price: € 15-30
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Prato della Valle 51, Padova
Phone +39 049 663803
Email info@zairo.net
Web www.zairo.net

Atmosphere restaurants

5. Ristorante enoteca Mediterraneo

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 2 min | Price: € 25-40
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
P.zza Indipendenza 31, Badoere di Morgano (TV)
Phone +39 0422 837276
Email cantina.mediterraneo@libero.it
Web www.mediterraneoenoristorante.it

6. Ca’ Busatti

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 10 min | Price: € 25-40
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Gallese 26, Zero Branco (TV)
Phone +39 0422 97629
Email info@cabusatti.com
Web www.cabusatti.com

7. Ristorante Fior

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 20 min | Price: € 30-50
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via dei Carpani 18, Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
Phone +39 0423 721212
Email info@hotelfior.com
Web www.hotelfior.com

8. Toni del Spin

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 25 min | Price: € 15-30
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Inferiore 7, Treviso
Phone +39 0422 543829
Web www.ristorantetonidelspin.com

9. Ristorante Villa Cipriani

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 40min | Price: € 30-50
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Canova 298, Asolo (TV)
Phone +39 0423 523411
Email reservation@villacipriani.it
Web www.villaciprianiasolo.com

10. Pedrocchi

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 45 min | Price: € 25-45
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via VIII Febbraio 15, Padova
Phone +39 049 8781231
Email info@caffepedrocchi.it
Web www.caffepedrocchi.it

11. Ristorante birreria Ottone

Distance to Ca’ Marcello: 50 min   |   Price: € 25-40
ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS
Via Matteotti 48/50, Bassano del Grappa (VI)
Phone +39 0424 522206

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Travel trade agents and tour operators

We understand the various differences that exist across the travel market. For this reason, we provide a specialised service to ensure that every one of your clients has a memorable visit at Ca’ Marcello while making your workload as simple as possible.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss rates for visits / tours to Ca’ Marcello with any travel trade operator.

To discuss your ideas please email or call:
Jacopo Marcello
Email: info@camarcello.it
Phone +39 049 9350340
Mob +39 335 8180078

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The Venetian Villas – 3 days itinerary

Introduction

Widely respected as one of the most important architects of the Western world, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was a practitioner whose work has continued to resonate down five centuries. The Venetian Villas are his best-known masterpiece. Situated in the Veneto region, these homes were designed for important and noble families of Venice and Vicenza who recognized Palladio’s architectural talent and were looking to acquire a sumptuous building to which they could escape during the summer months or, in many cases, which they could use as a practical working farm. Today, some of these villas, a few still privately owned, can be visited much as they were five centuries ago. The selection we propose sweeps the visitor into the magic of the Venetian Renaissance , enjoying these outstanding architectures, their period furniture and marvelous frescoed interiors, as well as some enchanting centuries-old parks.

Contact and booking

Jacopo Marcello
Phone +39 049 9350340
Mobile +39 335 8180078
E-mail info@camarcello.it

Tour rates

This tour is available all year round, by booking, for groups of minimum 20 people.
Average price per person: € 67,00 – € 82,50
The price includes all entrance fees (varies depending on the chosen visit alternative) and does not include transportation and guide service.

3 days program

1st DAY

1. Villa Cornaro

Piombino Dese (PD)   |   Visit to the house – 60 mins.
This enchanting villa belonged to one of the noblest families in Venice and was the birthplace of Doges, admirals of the Venetian fleet and also a queen, Caterina Cornaro, who reigned in Cyprus for 16 years. The villa, with its double loggia, is the building by Palladio‘s which most influenced modern architecture worldwide. The interior is decorated with eighteenth century frescoes that hide Masonic symbols.

2. Ca’ Marcello

Levada di Piombino Dese (PD)  |  Visit to the house and the gardens – 90 mins.
Built in the 16th century, this is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained examples of Palladian style villas. It is still lived in by some descendants of the noble Venetian Marcello family and it contains all the original 18th century furniture. Count Marcello will guide you through a visit of the centuries-old park – which contains long rows of old trees, statues, a large fish pond and a “colombaia” tower – and then in the interiors, through splendid living rooms, bedrooms and a ballroom with fresco paintings by G.B. Crosato and incredibly beautiful stucco works.

Our guests can conclude the visit at Ca ‘Marcello with refreshments or a private lunch, inside the house or in the park, as follows:
A. Private lunch, buffet style or seated and served, with different 4 courses menu choices
B. “Merenda” or light buffet with typical Venetian specialties
C. Light refreshments with sweet and salty pastry
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3. Villa Emo

Fanzolo di Vedelago (TV)  |  Visit to the house – 60 mins.
Villa Emo offers a synthetic and emblematic picture of the Palladian architecture. Built by Andrea Palladio in 1558 for Leonardo Emo’s account and designed on the grid of the Roman centuriation, with its long stone ramp and the symmetric barchesse, it dominates the monumental complex of the park, of the rustic outline buildings and of the lands where the plantation of corn had its start. The clean austerity of the Doric order of the façade blends with the beauty of the rich internal decorative scenery, a work by Gianbattista Zelotti.

Possible extension of the itinerary

4. Villa di Maser

Maser (TV)  |  Visit to the house and to the carriages collection – 60 mins.
Designed by Andrea Palladio in 1550 and decorated with the cycle of frescoes by Paolo Veronese and the stuccos by Alessandro Vittoria, it is one of the masterpieces of XVI century Venetian art. The Villa is surrounded by the green of its vineyards and by continuing its wine production it keeps alive the old tradition of the “villa farm”. In 1996 the Villa, which is now the owners residence, was inscribed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO. In one of the adjoining buildings there is an interesting Collection of Carriages.

Wine tasting of Villa di Maser estate’s wines is available. Carriage Collection open from March to October. Visits to the villas allowed to a maximum of 25 people at a time every 30 minutes. Group visits available every day except on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons.

1st day map

2nd DAY

5. TEATRO OLIMPICO

Vicenza   |   Visit to the theater – 40 mins.
The Teatro Olimpico, the last work of Andrea Palladio, came to an end after his death and reworks the structure of the Roman theater described by Vitruvius. It is the first indoor masonry theater in the world, decorated with wood, stucco and plaster. Inside you can admire the famous stage by Vincenzo Scamozzi.

6. PALLADIO MUSEUM – PALAZZO BARBARAN DA PORTO

Vicenza   |   Visit to the palace – 60 mins.
This building is the only large city palace that Andrea Palladio was able to fully complete. The result was a sumptuous residence that allowed the commissioner to represent himself in the city as a leading exponent of the cultural elite of Vicenza. Since October 2012, the building is housing the Palladio Museum, the first museum dedicated to the figure of Andrea Palladio. The exhibition displays the life of the genius, his construction techniques, the history of its patrons but also offers an overview on life and culture of the sixteenth century.

7. VILLA VALMARANA AI NANI

Vicenza   |   Visit to the house – 60 mins.
Villa Valmarana ai Nani is a marvellous architectonic and artistic complex situated in a large XVIII century park, including the Palazzina (1669), the Foresteria (the guesthouse) and the stables (1720). The villa is also called “The House of the Dwarves” due to the 17 stone-statues of dwarves standing on the boundary wall. The Valmarana family still lives in this villa, whose frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo are universally recognized as one of the supreme expressions of the XVIII century and as the evidence of Tiepolo’s genius.

Visitors travelling by bus need to walk 150 meters to reach the entrance of the villa.

2nd day map

8. VILLA ALMERICO CAPRA ‘LA ROTONDA’

Vicenza   |   Visit to the house – 45 mins.
This magnificent villa lays on the top of a hill, where the Riviera Berica starts to take shape. Each façade is embellished with a classical portico that seems to push itself by centrifugal force to the surrounding landscape. The decoration of the building is magnificent, with speeches by Lorenzo Rubini and Giambattista Albanian (statues), Anselmo Canera, Bernardino India, Alexander Maganza and later Louis Dorigny (pictorial devices). Remarkable is also the park, romantic setting, which opens to views of cultivated land all around.

From April to October: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday only the outdoors can be visited, while on Wednesday and Saturday are open to visitors both external and internal spaces. From November to March: only external.

3rd DAY

9. CASTELLO PORTO COLLEONI THIENE

Thiene (VI)   |   Visit to house and the gardens – 60 mins.
This enchanting gothic style building dates back to the XV century. It was built as a private residence and combines the features of a castle with those of a Venetian Palazzo. Inside, you can admire a remarkable cycle of frescoes painted by Veronese’s pupils Zelotti and Fasolo. The stables, designed by Muttoni, date back to the XVII century. Full of light, well designed and marked by two rows of red marble columns with putti made with Vicenza stone on the top, the stables certainly represent the most distinctive area of the whole complex.

10. VILLA GODI MALINVERNI

Lugo di Vicenza (VI)   |   Visit to house – 60 mins.
In this building Palladio shows his space concepts, which will be later elaborated with classical results after his travels to Rome. This villa is known as the first ever built by the great architect. The very simple body of the villa includes inside a wide set of paintings, first example of what will be the typical decoration of the noble villas in the Venetian mainland. These important paintings where created by three artists: Gualtiero Padovano, Giambattista Zelotti, Battista del Moro.

11. VILLA CALDOGNO

Caldogno (VI)   |   Visit to house – 60 mins.
When he was commissioned to design this building, Andrea Palladio was 34 years old and he still was tied to the workshop of Girolamo Pittoni and Giacomo Porlezza, but was increasingly operating in an independent and personal way. The building has a linear plan, dictated by the existing walls, with a central opening leading to the side rooms; the house reveals a system based on simplicity, which is however mitigated by the rich frescoes dated 1570, at the hands of Fasolo and Zelotti, with beautiful convivial scenes.

12. VILLA LOSCHI ZILERI

Monteviale (VI)   |   Visit to house and the gardens – 60 mins.
Built on a former building of the XV century, Villa Loschi Zileri, is a private home of fine artistic value and important architecture, with a large fleet. Inside the villa one can admire the numerous frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, commissioned by Nicola Loschi to celebrate the public recognition of the title of Counts, obtained by the family in 1729 and issued by the Republic of Venice. The iconography, which is inspired by the cardinal virtues of humanity, is represented by the artist in a simple way, sometimes ironic, sometimes dramatic.

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12b. VILLA TRISSINO MARZOTTO

Trissino (VI)   |   Visit to house and the gardens – 75 mins.
Built as a fortress by the noble family of Trissino during the Middle Ages, it was transformed into a villa in 400, assuming its present form in 700, after the intervention of Muttoni and Dal Pozzo. The park provides one of the most interesting examples of eighteenth-century garden in Europe, with fish ponds, sculptures, vases and a rare example of a parterre.

Contact and booking

Jacopo Marcello
Phone +39 049 9350340
Mobile +39 335 8180078
E-mail info@camarcello.it

Tour rates

This tour is available all year round, by booking, for groups of minimum 20 people.
Average price per person: € 67,00 – € 82,50
The price includes all entrance fees (varies depending on the chosen visit alternative) and does not include transportation and guide service.

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