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Andrea Palladio (1508-1580)
As you probably know, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) is one of the most important architects of the Italian Renaissance. He is well known all over the world and the majority of the scholars consider him as the architect that mostly influenced the western architecture. To say that you had a complete stay in the Veneto Region, at least you must have done one of the Palladian itineraries among the many that can be done.
In the past Vicenza was one of the destinations of the ‘Grand Tour’. When here, many architects of the had the opportunity to take their inspiration from his buildings, but, it was also possible knowing and understanding his ideas and principles reading his treatise of architecture that had had already been translated into many languages, The Four Books of Architecture.
They adapted his style to the needs of their era and ‘Palladianism’ was born.
Some examples of this architectural current can be found in many Countries all over the world, such as in the United Kingdom, U.S., Russia…
In 2010 the Congress of the United States called Palladio the ‘ Father of American Architecture’.
‘Palladio’ is not only one of my specializations, but explaining his architecture is one of the things that gives me great satisfaction.
The ‘classical’ Palladio itinerary is a walking tour in the city centre of Vicenza where some of his most important buildings can be found, among them the Olympic Theatre, the Basilica and some of the palaces he built for the noble families, such as the Chiericati (now seat of the Picture Gallery Museum) and the Barbaran Da Porto (now seat of the Palladio Museum).
This is a 2.00/3.30 hour walking tour, that’s depending on how many of his Vicentine buildings you want to see.
If you have some more time, you can visit one or more than one among the many villas he planned, only to mention a few of them: Villa La Rotonda, Villa Godi Malinverni, Villa Barbaro, Villa Emo, Villa Malcontenta…
You can also see some other of his wonderful architectures that are spread around the Region, such as the Ponte Vecchio in Bassano or his Venetian churches, as the Redentore and St. Giorgio.
Obviously these Palladian Itineraries also deepen into the urban, natural or landscape environment in which he perfectly knew how to merge his buildings.
In the meantime these itineraries take into consideration the work of another Vicentine architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi , he was forty years younger than Palladio. His genius had nothing to envy to that of Palladio. In fact he achieved some of the buildings that Palladio couldn’t finish while he was still alive. In the same time Scamozzi manage to plan some wonderful architectures too. The Rocca Pisana is one of these and his buildings had an important influence abroad as well.
Every itinerary will be better adapted to your needs and to the time you have.
See you soon!