VILLAS, CHURCHES AND PALAZZO OF LONIGO DEI PISANI
Prime work of Andrea Palladio, Villa Pisani was built between 1544 and 1545 by request of Pisani family. The continuation is Palazzo Pisani nowadays hosting the Town Hall. Visiting Rocca Pisana fortress and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Lonigo featuring ex-voto museum will complete the cultural experience of Pisani residence.
SEEKING FOR BETROTHED IN ORGIANO
Built in 1592 by the noble Fracanzan family Palazzo dei Vicari in Orgiano gathered parish church housing a painting by Bartolomeo Montagna depicting “The Virgin, Saint Joseph and the Child”, a painting by Alexander Maganza depicting “Saint Charles and Saint Anthony the Abbot”, remarkable altar in Carrara marble and a wooden crucifix dating back to 1400. It is also important to visit Oratory of San Rocco and Villa Fracanzan Piovene, designed by architect Francesco Muttoni and built starting in 1710: the Villa is considered one of the most beautiful villas in Veneto region.
COSTOZZA: MUCH MORE THEN VILLAS
Costozza center is situated outside of Villa Trento-Carli (seventeenth-century villa created by the architect Antonio Pizzocaro) and the large park of Villa da Schio. You may proceed along the road of the Tajapiera (“stone cutter”) to the caves and cave houses. Take a quick look on the Church of San Mauro and Sant ‘Antonio Abate with a stop by Cantina Mattiello – here you can buy local wines. The essential stop on the way back is the fountain in via Volto.
PALLADIANE VILLAS NOT THOSE BETWEEN NOVENTA, AGUGLIARO AND POJANA
Departing from Agugliaro the main destinations are Villa Saraceno, designed by Palladio in 1548 and built in 1555, and Palazzo delle Trombe (or Villa Saraceno Bettanin), designed by Palladio in 1543. The next stop might be Barchesse Trolio complex dating back to 1680, once belonged to Pigafetta family and to annexed Oratory of San Bortolo. It is time to proceed to Noventa with a short stop to admire the Gothic Villa Dal Verme, a rare example of Venetian gothic style on the mainland. In Noventa you may visit Villa Barbarigo, late 16th century patrician villa, and Duomo preserving an altarpiece by Giambattista Tiepolo. Do to forget to stop in Pojana and visit its Villa designed by Andrea Palladio in 1546 for the Pojana family and proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996.