Villa Emo

Fanzolo, Italy

Villa Emo was designed by Andrea Palladio in 1559 for the Emo family of Venice and remained in the hands of the Emo family until it was sold in 2004. The building was the culmination of a long-lasting project of the patrician Emo family of the Republic of Venice to develop its estates at Fanzolo. 

Since 1996, it has been conserved as part of the World Heritage Site 'City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto'. 

Emo is one of the most accomplished of the Palladian Villas, showing the benefit of 20 years of Palladio's experience in domestic architecture. It has been praised for the simple mathematical relationships expressed in its proportions, both of the elevation and the dimensions of the rooms. In 1570 Palladio published a plan of the villa in his treatise I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura.

The exterior is simple, bare of any decoration. In contrast, the interior is richly decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti, who also worked on Villa Foscari and other Palladian villas.



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Founded: 1559
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy


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John Corleone (2 years ago)
The architecture and the frescoes are nice it is really overpriced. Do not pay 10€ for entering, rather enjoy the outside and you will have seen 90% of the experience as the 5 frescoed room are a big disappointment for this price. Don’t even bother going to the back of the villa which is completely run down
Radomila KOTKOVA (3 years ago)
Thé Villa Is Nice, here Is beautifull alegoric frescoes And nice garden. And but no So Luke Villa Masér , where Are moře personál atmosphere And prosperity Is in thé better state. Unfortunattelly there Is not cafee open. But IT Is sále fór tickett (also fór 2 other museums in thé region), So i recomend ať First visit Villa Emo And thén Villa Maser.
Marco Didonè (3 years ago)
I recently got married here. Really amazing place and staff!
Aaron Ochse (3 years ago)
Amazing villa built by Palladio. Beautiful Renaissance architecture and fully frescoes inside. It is really well run and the staff are friendly abs helpful. Good explanation of the site and access to guides in multiple languages. A must see if you are in the area and easily accessible from Venice or Verona.
Alberto Gemin (4 years ago)
Spectacular and not crowded, can't ask for more.
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