Villa Contarini, Piazzola sul Brenta

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Villa Contarini is a patrician villa veneta in Piazzola sul Brenta, province of Padova, northern Italy. The villa is in Baroque style and is backed by a 40 ha park with lakes and alleys.The central building was begun in 1546 under commission by the Venetian patricians Paolo and Francesco Contarini. Controversial is the attribution of the design to the famous architect Andrea Palladio. This first edifice was later enlarged in the late 17th century by Marco Contarini.HistoryThe magniloquent baroque appearance that the Villa Contarini displays today is, in all probability, the result of the seventeenth-century transformation of a villa designed by Andrea Palladio in the 1540s for Paolo Contarini and his brothers. The attribution is not certain and there were made also the names of Vincenzo Scamozzi and of Baldassare Longhena.Traces of palladian work linger on in maps and archival documents, although little is now visible of a building which was transformed in several campaigns from 1662 on. In 1676 the right wing was enlarged and remodelled, with a two-storey order of rustic columns and telamons, and a program of ostentatious sculptural decoration which invades the principal villa block too.
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  • Worth it just to visit the garden of the Villa but you can also do the guided tour inside (paying more).
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  • Villa Contarini in Piazzola sul Brenta (PD), besides being beautiful in itself deserves an appreciation for the way in which it appears in the context of the city that hosts it. Who knows, maybe the ghosts of two Andrea Palladio and Mantegna, Padua the first and island (Mantegna) di Carturo, Pitch, the second fraction, they pushed the Venetians, true iconoclasts, to have respect for this wonderful building.
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  • The enthusiasm is contagious and is definitely an advantage. Many well preserved rooms, amazing library. It's worth a ride in the Grove to the Lake. Free parking, convenient and just steps from the entrance. The only downside: you can't buy tickets with cash machine.
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  • A beautiful baroque Villa, built during the 16th century by a rich and powerful family, that lived in Venice, just like the other Villas on the Riviera del Brenta. Everything about this building shows opulence, abundance and wealth, according to the tastes that was prevalent in that period. The surrounding park is well kept and during summer, there are some musical events, that take place there! Conferences are also organized inside the palace.
  • Really it's a nice place to visit and good for photo taking
  • Wonderful villa! I've been there and there was also a tour guide that was explaining the history of Contarini's family, and every detail of this massive villa. Worth to try!
  • Worthwhile but tours only inl italian
  • Nice to visit if you are in the area.
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