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Villas Of The Veneto

11 September 2020

6 days from £2,240pp

In light of the current Coronavirus crisis, we have taken the decision to postpone departures before 30th April to a future date. We will be updating this page with new departure information once we have the details finalised, and will be contacting those due to depart regarding alternative arrangements. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Join Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite on a unique tour of Palladio’s spectacular villas. Take a look inside some of the most celebrated, some of which are only open by special appointment. Visit picturesque Asolo and discover Palladio’s impressive town architecture in Vicenza.
  • Visit some of the most well-known and celebrated of Andrea Palladio’s villas, including some that are only open by special appointment
  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Vicenza to admire Palladio’s handsome town architecture 
  • Relax in the surroundings of the enchanting Italian countryside
  • Visit the picturesque town of Asolo, for a group lunch and an afternoon of exploration 
This tour includes visits to some of the most well-known and celebrated of Palladio’s villas, as well as those that are difficult to reach and only open by special appointment. Through the course of the visits we will observe Palladio’s talent for combining beauty with functionality, spanning from his early Villa Godi to the majestic Villa Emo. These villas served as countryside retreats that reflected the good taste and humanist notions of their patrons, but they could also be highly practical and their designs often incorporated elements tied to the farming of the land by the families that owned them. 
Andrea Palladio is one of the most influential architects of all time. To a large extent, his enduring fame was the result of his publication in 1570 of the Quattro Libri dell’Architettura which made his designs available to architects all over the world. But it is Palladio’s homeland, the rich countryside surrounding Padua, Vicenza and Verona, where we can admire his most famous buildings: the stately villas of the Veneto. From the middle of the 14th century, wealthy Venetians and mainland aristocrats alike wanted grand buildings from which to overlook and manage their vast farmlands, whether in the river plains of the rivers Brenta, Adige and Po, or in the hills between the Valpolicella, Bassano del Grappa and Asolo. Since Petrarch’s times, these country houses answered agricultural needs and reflected social status, but they were also places of relaxation and pleasurable pursuits, where their owners withdrew from the busy life in town. All these aspects found perfect expression in Palladio’s buildings. Moreover, they were beautifully proportioned and drew on the prestigious vocabulary of Classical architecture. This Art Pursuits Abroad study tour will visit most of this architect’s surviving villas and compare them with their mediaeval precedents, contemporary designs, as well as with 18th century reinterpretations.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Campo Marzio, Vicenza

The four star Hotel Campo Marzio is situated right in the city centre and borders the Campo Marzo gardens, the largest that can be found in Vicenza. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Air conditioning