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Villa Badoer, Fratta Polesine

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Historic Site
Villa Badoer is a villa in Fratta Polesine in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It was designed in 1556 by Andrea Palladio for the Venetian noble Francesco Badoer, and built between 1557 and 1563, on the site of a medieval castle which guarded a bridge across a navigable canal. This was the first time Palladio used his fully developed temple pediment in the facade of a villa.Villa Badoer has been part since 1996 of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto". The building is open to the public and one of the wings houses the National archeological museum of Fratta Polesine, opened in 2009.HistoryIn 1554, on the southern border of the Venetian Republic’s territories, in the flat and foggy country of Polesine, Palladio designed a villa for the Venetian noble Francesco Badoer, intended to become the epicentre of the vast agricultural estate of almost five hundred fields that he had inherited six years previously.Constructed and inhabited in 1556, the villa therefore functioned for the management of the fields and was simultaneously a visible sign of the “feudal” presence, so to speak, of Badoer in the territory: it is not coincidental that the building rises on the site of an ancient medieval castle. Palladio succeeded in uniting within one effective synthesis these dual meanings, joining the majestic manor house to the two barchesse (farm wings) bent into semicircles, which screen the stables and other agricultural annexes.
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  • Attention the visit is worth and the guide is well prepared. Sin feel insignificant because the guides of outside groups that do what they want.
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  • Villa Badoer, Fratta Polesine, City Center is a Unesco site in the province of Rovigo, designed by Andrea Palladio in 1556. Small and devoid of furniture is still a fine example of Palladian villa with Ionic loggia, staircase and flanked by two barns. Within several frescoes, although very damaged, by the end of the 16th century Florentine Yellow representing pastoral scenes and mythological allegories. Attached to the villa can be visited also the small National Archaeological Museum.
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  • Villa Badoer called La Badoera "is certainly one of the most famous villas of Polesine. 4 stars, but as written by other users, should be better taken care of. If you do not have economic resources for the restoration, maintenance, technical support, free downloadable audio guides from the official website, increase the price of admission.
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  • Although not among the most prestigious Palladian villas, villa Badoer exactly matches the classical Canon designed by the great architect for country homes, which had to be both a residence for the Lord and the core production facility consisting of its farms. The lure of the Pronaos of the Greek temple is a must, the fountains with reference to classical mythology of the sculpture is an extra detail you need to embellish the complex.
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  • Amazing Villa in style of the great Andrea Palladio! The Council's visit with Guide (very competent and friendly) to appreciate a piece of history in our beautiful Italy.
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  • Villa Badoer Magnificent Palladian villa ... excellent guided tour and beautiful archaeological exhibition.
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  • Grand Palladium in polesine, beautiful frescoes quite well preserved in the various themed rooms
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  • Wonderful, but without maintaining that a villa so important it requires, too bad.
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