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Vicenza: Villa Valmarana, the villa "of the Dwarfs"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_7124-640x480.jpgHello my friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Veneto and we're going to to discover one of the most beautiful Villas in the surroundings of Vicenza: Villa Valmarana!

The Villa, located on the foothills of Monte Berico is famous for its frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son, Giandomenico.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_7151-640x477.jpg The Villa, which in 1720 became property of the noble Valmarana Family from Vicenza, who still live there, it is open to the public, as well as Villa Capra "La Rotonda" designed by Andrea Palladio, also property of the Valmarana's. In fact, the avenue of access to this Villa starts from the Villa Valmarana and it's just a few hundred meters.


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_7167-640x473.jpg A poetic legend gives the name to the villa. A dwarf princess was locked up in the old castle with her servants, all dwarves, because she couldn't become aware of her deformity. But one day a handsome prince entered with his horse in the mysterious garden and the princess saw him: so she threw herself from the tower to the chagrin. The dwarves negligent, as punishment, were petrified and placed on the wall of the house to watch the sleep of the daughter of the owner of the Villa up today.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_7159-640x473.jpg Classic example of a country house, Villa Valmarana was built for the jurist Gian Maria Bertolo in 1669. Currently it consists of the House, Guesthouse and Scuderia.

 The main building and the guesthouse were frescoed by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico Tiepolo in 1757.



In particular, the main building recounts classic and mythological themes, with scenes from the Iliad, the Aeneid, from mythology, the Gerusalemme Liberata by Torquato Tasso and Orlando Furioso by Ariosto.



 The guest house was, as the name implies, the accommodation for strangers. Originally the seven arches, supported by pillars, opened to a large porch, onto which the rooms for the guests.

These openings were later closed, probably to take advantage of this part of the villa even during the cold seasons, and large rectangular windows were opened on the large porch that became a grand lobby.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1154-640x479.jpgThe guest house follows a more modern style, reminiscent of the Enlightenment, with scenes of everyday life, from the representation of the Venetian countryside to that of distant China.

 In this part of the villa appears more frequently the hand of Giandomenico Tiepolo. In the hall of the chinoiserie "Merchant of Fabrics" and the "Walk of Mandarin" stand out of the typical taste of that era.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1142-640x465.jpg It's also possible, regardless of the visit to the Villa Valmarana, make a stop at the Caffetteria dei nani on the terrace in front of the Scuderia.

Here you admire the scenery of Monte Berico, you can enjoy a coffee or a cold drink, a croissant, a slice of cake, a piadina or hot dish of the day!


Well, it was a really fascinating and amazing itinerary.

If you want to take your rest in a very charming place, I'd like to suggest you this accomodation: Ca' Beregana!

Leisure with me, this is my tourism!


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