Villa Valmarana

Bolzano Vicentino, Italy

The Villa Valmarana (also known as Valmarana Scagnolari Zen) is a Renaissance villa situated in Lisiera, a locality of Bolzano Vicentino. Designed by Andrea Palladio, it was originally built in the 1560s.

The villa was nearly totally destroyed during World War II, but has been rebuilt. Even before the war damage, the building did not closely resemble the plan which Palladio published in his I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture) of 1570, possibly because Gianfrancesco Valmarana, the architect's client, died while his house was being built.



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Founded: 1560s
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Daniela Testolin (16 months ago)
Bellissima villa con tantissime statue tutto intorno ,non capisco non è messa male ma purtroppo è chiusa e andrà a finire in totale abbandono, che peccato?
Mauro (18 months ago)
Wonderful like all the villas of Andrea Palladio. To be restored, sorry to see it like this.
Antonio Pistore (3 years ago)
Beautiful construction of Palladio. Remanufactured compared to the original project. However, it rises in a suggestive position. I attach photos from 1980
Yao WU (4 years ago)
Only visible from street.
Tiziana Bassanese (4 years ago)
I love it, they told me that about a dozen years ago it was a furniture and design showroom and my heart is hurting to see it in disuse at the mercy of the weather ... It seems to be at one with nature that is getting the better of the park and the Palladian-style structure. It is a pity.
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