Maser...what do you know about this town? It lies just an hour's drive from Vicenza and is reachable within 30 minutes from Bassano del Grappa. It's a small commune that's most famous for Villa di Maser but there are also some other fantastic places to explore in the surrounding towns.The charming towns of Cornuda and Montebelluna are just a stone's throw away and offer up an interesting and diverse set of tourist attractions. Villa di Maser Let's begin with the big one. This 16th Century building was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Villa di Maser, also known as Villa Barbaro, was built by Andrea Palladio for the noble Venetian brothers Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro. The interior walls are beautifully adorned with frescoes by the painter Paolo Veronese. The straight lines and symmetrical Palladian structure are wonderfully balanced with the soft painterly walls inside the villa. There's a playful touch that appears throughout the home - with many of the paintings creating an illusion that someone is peeking through doors or the family pets are scurrying about. Currently, the Villa di Maser is also home to a working vineyard where you can sit down for a meal with a delicious glass of wine. Montebelluna A 15 minute drive from Maser will lead you to the small town of Montebelluna. It's quiet here, so visitors get a wonderful glance into typical Italian life that's just not on offer in bigger tourist destinations. Wander through the picturesque main square and take a look at the city's majestic Duomo. Cap off the walking tour with a stop at Mezanino Birramondai, a boutique brewery where you can sample some tasty local beers and sit back with some live music. Museo La Terra e l'Uomo The Museum of 'The Earth and the Man', in more
Maser…what do you know about this town? It lies just an hour’s drive from Vicenza and is reachable within 30 minutes from Bassano del Grappa. It’s a small commune that’s most famous for Villa di Maser but there are also some other fantastic places to explore in the surrounding towns.
The first stop on our 2018 Palladian Odyssey is a quaint town called Piombino Dese, located in the Italian province of Padua. To get everyone a little bit more familiar with this destination, we've popped together a little guide featuring our top pick of places to see. Villa Cornaro Piombino Dese is best known for Villa Cornaro, which is probably the second most famous Palladian Villa and one of the biggest architectural influences in the world. Designed by Palladio in 1551, it marks a turning point in the Italian architect's career. Challenged by the narrow land where the building would lie, Palladio was forced to design upwards instead of outwards like his previous commissions. This resulted in the first-ever, two-tiered and projected portico-loggia at the front of the villa, which would influence Western architecture for several hundred years to come. This stunning building rests on perfectly manicured green grass and is an ideal place to pull up a seat and spend some hours sketching away. Ca' de Memi Anyone who spends some time in Piombino Dese must spend a night at the lovely Ca' de Memi Farmhouse. (All Palladian Odyssey guests will get to stay here on the tour!) The beautiful accommodation is picturesquely nestled amongst 14 hectares of fruit trees and horticultural crops. You can spend time strolling through the Magnolia-lined garden, hang out with the resident chickens or immerse yourself in traditional Italian cuisine at an on-site cooking class. Pick vegetables from Ca' de Memi's own garden and cook up a storm, it doesn't get much fresher than that! Ca' Marcello Nearby you will find Ca' Marcello, which is a typical Veneto villa and provides a great introduction into the Palladian discussion. Our lucky guests will get the chance to embark on a guided tour with the vibrant Count Marcello - we won't go further into this because it's an experience
The first stop on our 2018 Palladian Odyssey is a quaint town called Piombino Dese, located in the Italian province of Padua. To get everyone a little bit more familiar with this destination, we’ve popped together a little guide featuring our top pick of places to see.