Villa Porto

Dueville, Italy

Villa Porto was designed in 1554 and traditionally attributed to the Italian architect Andrea Palladio, but not included by UNESCO in the strict list of Palladian Villas of Veneto

In 1554, Paolo Porto and his brothers divided up their father’s inheritance, Paolo acquiring an estate at Vivaro, north of Vicenza. Here, during the subsequent four years, he realised a villa which tradition holds was designed by Palladio. The Conte Paolo Porto, one of the most powerful canons of the Cathedral (in 1550 he was on the point of becoming bishop) was a sophisticated and cultured man, who passed much time in Rome where he could count on the friendship of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. Porto also numbered among his Vicentine friends and relatives Palladio’s foremost patrons, men like Giangiorgio Trissino, Biagio Saraceno, Bernardo Schio, and Girolamo Garzadori.

It is perhaps this network of friendships which most easily placed him in contact with Palladio, although in this regard careful inspection of the villa’s architecture raises more doubts than certainties. For one discerns various successive constructional phases, which render the identification of an original Palladian scheme, if any, most difficult. The pronaos, for example, is grafted onto the main block with manifest discontinuity. Moreover, the two lateral wings are without doubt nineteenth-century, and actually the product of a belated “Palladianization” of the villa at the hands of the architect Antonio Caregaro Negrin.



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Founded: 1554
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Luca Moretti (10 months ago)
From the outside it is very beautiful and well made. The garden looks well-kept. I haven't seen the inside. It's in a good location.
Mauro (2 years ago)
Monumental and proud, grandiose and imposing, Villa Da Porto Casarotto was designed for Antonio Maria Porto between 1775 and 1778 by the most important neoclassical architect from Vicenza, Ottone Calderari. Also worthy of mention is the chapel which was to be joined to one of the loggias, inside which the valuable canvas of the Church is located. The villa has belonged to the Casarotto family since 1924 and is now used mostly for ceremonies, business dinners, photo shoots, weddings, fashion shows and other events.
Ornella Dones (3 years ago)
Fairytale atmosphere
fernando carraro (3 years ago)
Beautiful well-kept Venetian villa. Great for parties.
Stefano Zambon (3 years ago)
A villa with a large and well-kept park, where you can organize events tasting even unique dishes through an adequate catering. To visit and discover.
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