Discover a very beautiful area of Italy.
Visit enchanting Asolo, and take a leisurely optional lunch at a
fine restaurant with magnificent views of the countryside. The
tour includes Villa Emo, unencumbered by lavish decoration,
surrounded by elegant gardens, its simple form makes it one of
Palladio's purest creations as a Villa architect. Enjoy the
frescoes of Zellotti, Palladio's favorite fresco artist, as you
tour the villa.
Visit Villa Malcontenta, along with its famous legend, it is
one of Palladio's most famous villas. Built for the wealthy
Foscari family, it sits in splendid isolation beside the waters
of the Riviera Brenta. Here as you tour the interior the guide
will discuss how Palladio's architecture evolved. The design of
this Villa reflects the transistion of Palladian architecture
from his early years of imitating other architects to a period
when he began to realize his own unique designs.
Villa Barbaro, the most richly decorated of all the Palladian
villas, is famous for its delightful Veronese frescoes. As you
tour the interior, the guide will discuss the beautiful frescoes
of the Villa, and the famous conflict between Palladio, the
patron Marcantonio Barbaro and Veronese as they wrestled over
the design and ideology of the building.
Providing the perfect interlude between villas, the tour also
includes the enchanting village of Asolo, "the pearl of
Veneto", is arguably the most beautiful hill-town in Italy.
This tour is seasonal and only operates from April through