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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  • The villa was just beautiful in its Majesty. We made the visit with a very prepared who told us about the history and curiosities. The halls are certainly worth to be seen, unlike the grounds were a bit disappointed. As already noted for other Venetian Villas, are probably not the highlight of these dwellings.
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  • I often take my friends and family always remain satisfied by the Spanish visit. Beautiful park, is a peace-maker for a walk. Recommend a guided tour of the villa, great skill and kindness.
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  • Gorgeous place both the villa and the Park. The guide even though we were a number that was in his fifties being August, was really good because he entertained adults and children at the same time, attracting the attention of the children when they started to get confused. But being now the villa della regione Veneto I wonder whether it would be possible to access some bottom and start to fix it, cracks at certain points are obvious, the reverse side of the villa looks like an old country house with plaster almost moldy. If I think of the miracle fact to Venaria Reale, I wonder whether it would be possible also here try to give visibility to these magnificent places is very neglected instead ke let ke all tourists go elsewhere.
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  • 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.
  • Bella villa Palladiana

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