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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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  • Beautiful villa in a very out of the way location. Striking Palladian entrance, interesting layout inside. Hard to believe the frescoes were covered up intentionally. Definitely worth a detour if you ...  more »
  • What an amazing home. It's +/-450 years old. One of Palladio's greatest designs. The entrance has been copied so many times you'll feel you know it. The curved loggia are one-of-a-kind.  more »
  • You will find these well kept villa's of Palladio in the small village Fratta Polesine. Villa Badoer has a wonderful graden around and inside you will see the amazing wall paintings, kept by the 15 ce...  more »
  • 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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