Villa Gazzotti Grimani

Vicenza, Italy

Villa Gazzotti Grimani is a Renaissance villa, an early work of architect Andrea Palladio. In 1994 UNESCO designated it as part of the World Heritage Site 'City of Vicenza and Palladian Villas of the Veneto'.

The villa was designed and built in the 1540s for the Venetian Taddeo Gazzotti and, like a number of Palladio's buildings, it incorporates a pre-existing structure. In 1550, before the building was completed, Gazzotti was facing financial problems and sold the villa to Girolamo Grimani.

For the first time Palladio presents the body of the building as a clearly defined cube. The three-fold arcade in the central section, which is reminiscent of Villa Godi, is crowned by a triangular gable and is the dominant shape of the facade.

The body of the building rests on a base, from which it is divided by means of a ledge which runs along the entire width of the facade. On the one hand this serves to protect the working areas from damp, but on the other hand, it also raises the villa above the surrounding landscape.

The villa is currently in need of restoration, particularly the exterior stucco which has peeled to expose the underlying brickwork. The restored Villa Saraceno is an example of how impressive restored stucco can look.



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Founded: 1540s
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Alberto Zoin (6 months ago)
They have finally made the area usable with some refurbishment works
Luca Marzegan (8 months ago)
And a place worth visiting ???
Luca Grolla (9 months ago)
Park outside the villa as beautiful as the real Palladian villa
Francesco Brasco (14 months ago)
The villa needs urgent renovation. The bell tower must be masked or "moved". Otherwise, redoing the square will not help. Today the construction site is underway
giuseppe piazza (2 years ago)
Villa not open to the public. We took advantage of the opening on the day of the villas opened by the FAI. They should also organize others during the year. Very beautiful villa full of interesting details that the expert guide who followed us explained to us. Superb interior turn in the upper floors where it was possible to see the structure of the vaults from above. It would need a radical restructuring ... so as to enhance and emphasize this little jewel of Palladio, a UNESCO heritage site. Congratulations to the Fai organizers and volunteers who managed to involve Boscardin students as guides.
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