Palladian villas of the Veneto

Villa Capra "La Rotonda" in Vicenza. One of Palladio's most influential designs
Villa Godi in Lugo Vicentino. An early work notable for lack of external decoration
Villa Pisani, Montagnana
The frescoes in the Villa Caldogno main hall depict the different moments of the life in villa at Palladio's age
Villa Pisani in Bagnolo in the I quattro libri dell'architettura by Palladio (book II)

The Palladian villas of the Veneto are villas designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, all of whose buildings were erected in the Veneto, the mainland region of north-eastern Italy then under the political control of the Venetian Republic.

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City in northeastern Italy.

Basilica Palladiana
Piazza dei Signori
Basilica Palladiana with clock tower
A night view of the Basilica Palladiana
The three-dimensional stage of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare, designed by Palladio and built by Vincenzo Scamozzi
Porta Castello Tower
Plaque for Vicenza in the UNESCO World Heritage List
A plate of Baccalà alla vicentina, a typical dish of the city

With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theater), the "city of Palladio" has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

World Heritage Site in Italy, which protects buildings by the architect Andrea Palladio.

Architect Andrea Palladio
Plaque for Vicenza in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Its present name reflects the fact that it includes all the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

Andrea Palladio

Italian Renaissance architect active in the Venetian Republic.

Portrait of Palladio by Alessandro Maganza
One of the first works by Palladio, Villa Godi (begun 1537)
Hall of the Muses of the Villa Godi (1537–1542)
Villa Piovene (1539)
Villa Pisani, Bagnolo (1542)
Palazzo Thiene (1542–1558), (begun by Giulio Romano, revised and completed by Palladio)
Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza
Ground floor and entrance stairway of the Basilica Palladiana
Upper level loggia of the Basilica Palladiana
Palazzo Chiericati (1550) in Vicenza
Palazzo del Capitaniato (1565–1572)
The front page of I quattro libri dell'architettura (The Four Books of Architecture) (1642 edition)
Villa Cornaro (begun 1553) combined rustic living and an imposing space for formal entertaining
The Hall of the Four Columns
Plan of the Villa Cornaro
The Villa Barbaro in Maser (begun 1557)
The Nymphaeum of the Villa Barbaro
Detail of the Hall of Olympus, with frescoes by Paolo Veronese
Villa Capra "La Rotonda" (begun 1566)
Palladio's plan of the Villa in I quattro libri dell'architettura, 1570
North facade of Villa Foscari, facing the Brenta Canal
Interior decoration of grotesques on salon ceiling of Villa Foscari
South facade of Villa Foscari, with the large windows that illuminate the main salon
Nave of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (1565)
Il Redentore Church in Venice (1576)
Interior of Il Redentore Church in Venice (1576)
Plan by Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi
Facade of the Tempietto Barbaro
Section of the Tempietto Barbaro, drawn by Scamozzi (1783)
Stage with scenery designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, who completed the theatre after the death of Palladio
Stage and seating of his last work, the Teatro Olimpico (1584)
House of the Director of the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans, by Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1775)
La Rotonde customs barrier, Parc Monceau, by Claude Nicolas Ledoux
Palladian garden structure at Steinhöfel by David Gilly (1798)
The Queen's House, Greenwich by Inigo Jones (1616–1635)
Chiswick House by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and William Kent (completed 1729)
Wilton House south front by Inigo Jones (1650)
Palladio Bridge at Wilton House (1736–37)
Stourhead House by Colen Campbell (1721–24), inspired by Villa Capra
Harvard Hall at Harvard University by Thomas Dawes (1766)
Monticello, residence of Thomas Jefferson (1772)
Winning design for the first United States Capitol by Thomas Thornton (1793)
Clarity and harmony. Villa Badoer (1556–1563), an early use by Palladio of the elements of a Roman temple
The Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, (begun 1546) with arched Palladian window and round oculi to the loggia.
A variation of the Palladian or Venetian window, with round oculi, at Villa Pojana (1548–49)
Late Palladio style, Mannerist decoration on the facade of the Palazzo del Capitanio (1565–1572)
Palazzo Strozzi courtyard
Villa Capra "La Rotonda" outside Vicenza
San Francesco della Vigna in Venice
Villa Porto
Villa Valmarana
Villa Emo
Villa Saraceno
Villa Cornaro
Palazzo del Capitaniato, Vicenza
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare, Vicenza

The city of Vicenza, with its 23 buildings designed by Palladio, and 24 Palladian villas of the Veneto are listed by UNESCO as part of a World Heritage Site named City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.


Structure intended to house pigeons or doves.

Dovecote at Nymans Gardens, West Sussex, England
A dovecote at Najafabad, Iran
Pigeon tower in Kavastu, Estonia (built 1869)
A dovecote at Mazkeret Batya, Israel
Motorized dovecote for homing pigeons in World War I
A dovecote in Ambodifomby, Madagascar 1911–1912.
A columbarium for cremation remains in a 3rd century Roman mausoleum in Mazor (Israel)
Colombier at Manoir d'Ango near Dieppe
Traditional peristeronas in Tinos, Greece
Dovecote in the grounds of Woodstock, County Kilkenny
Dovecote in Adare
An old Dovecote in Doorn, Netherlands
Shirley Plantation dovecote
Decorative dovecote on house gable in Finneytown, Ohio
A castle doocot at Corstorphine, Edinburgh (16thC)
Bee-hive shaped doocot, Linlithgow, Scotland
At Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, a corner tower of the outer defensive wall was converted to a doocot in 1597 when the wall was demolished.
Doocot at Auchmacoy, Crawhead, Aberdeenshire, built 1638.
Looking up inside the doocot at Newark Castle
<center>Lectern-style doocot at the site of the old Eglinton Mains farm in Ayrshire, Scotland</center>
<center>Doocot at the Eglinton castle stables courtyard</center>
<center>Nesting boxes in the Eglinton doocot</center>
Ruined doocot at Newbigging near Aberdour, Scotland, revealing the nesting boxes
Bogward Doocot, St Andrews, restored by the St Andrews Preservation Trust
Mills at Milton of Campsie with a tall doocot in the background.<ref name="Stoddart">Stoddart, John (1800), Remarks on local Scenery and Manners in Scotland. London: William Miller;facing p. 206</ref>
16th-century doocot at Phantassie, East Lothian
Lady Kitty's Doocot at Haddington, Scotland, incorporated into a garden wall
Doocot converted from the stair tower of a demolished house at Sheriffhall near Dalkeith, Scotland
Two house doocots in the West Bow, Edinburgh, Scotland
Doocot c. 1730 in the grounds of a private house, Edinburgh, Scotland
Urban doocot in Glasgow, Scotland
Urban doocot in Glasgow, Scotland
Peper Harow Dovecote
Manorbier Dovecote
A dovecote in the Tarn-et-Garonne department of France, near Lauzerte
The month of February in the Limburg Brothers' Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, a painting dated 1416, showing a dovecote
<center>The Dovecote, Listed 16th-century dovecote in Long Wittenham.<ref name="R.Stephenson">Robert Stephenson (1986), Conversion of Listed 16th-century Dovecote.</ref></center>
Dovecote at the Abbaye Saint-Vincent in Le Mans, France
Dovecote at High House Purfleet, Essex
A colombier (dovecote) in Jersey, Channel Islands
The Pigeon Tower at Rivington on the West Pennine Moors, England
Small dovecote at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Hudson Valley dovecote in Saugerties, New York
Palomar (dovecote) in Tierra de Campos, Spain
Nesting holes on inside walls of an old dovecote, Palazuelo de Vedija (Tierra de Campos), Spain
A Kaftar khooneh (lit. pigeon house) in Isfahan, Iran.
Hexagonal pigeonnier with a pointed roof at Uncle Sam Plantation near Convent, Louisiana
A (derelict) dovecot in Zemst, Belgium
Modern dovecote designed by Oscar Niemeyer and located on the Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Plaza) in Brasília, Brazil
Pigeon house in Neduntheevu, used by colonial powers (Portuguese, Dutch or British during their rule in Sri Lanka)
Shirley Plantation dovecote interior
thumb|Columbarium (dovecote) interior wall at Maresha, Israel
thumb|Columbarium at Tell Maresha (Khirbet es Sandahannah) in Israel

As an integral part of the World Heritage Site "Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto", dovecotes such as those at Villa Barbaro enjoy a high level of protection.


Type of house that was originally an ancient Roman upper class country house.

The Villa Medici in Fiesole with early terraced hillside landscape by Leon Battista Alberti
The Villa Tamminiemi, an Art Nouveau styled villa and house museum in Helsinki, Finland
Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii seen from above
Model of Fishbourne Roman Palace, a governor's villa on the grandest scale
Mosaic pavement from the medieval Islamic elite residence (qasr) Khirbat al-Mafjar, Umayyad Syria, mid-8th c.
The Villa di Medici by Giuliano da Sangallo (1470), Poggio a Caiano, Tuscany
Villa di Pratolino with lower half of the gardens, by Giusto Utens. Museo Topografico, Florence
Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome
Villa Capra "La Rotonda" in Vicenza, one of Palladio's most influential designs
Villa "Sea Greeting" (Meeresgruss) in Binz, Rügen Island – a typical villa in 19th-century German resort architecture style
Aerial view of giant "villa colonies" (Villenkolonien) in Dresden, Germany: Gründerzeit quarters of Blasewitz (incl. Tolkewitz and Striesen), Gruna and Johannstadt.
Villa Hakasalmi
Typical Villa in Graz, Austria
Example of Modern architecture villa in Sicily, Italy
The Getty Villa, an adaptation of the Villa of the Papyri, in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

In the later 16th century in the northeastern Italian Peninsula the Palladian villas of the Veneto, designed by Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), were built in Vicenza in the Republic of Venice.


One of the 20 regions of Italy.

Venice, the primary tourist destination and the capital of Veneto
Lake Alleghe near Belluno
Cortina d'Ampezzo
The Piave River
The Venetian Lagoon at sunset
Relief map of Veneto
The Adige in Verona
The Tetrarchs were the four co-rulers who governed the Roman Empire as long as Diocletian's reform lasted. Here they are portrayed embracing, in a posture of harmony, in a porphyry sculpture dating from the 4th century, produced in Anatolia, located today on a corner of St Mark's Basilica in Venice.
The Horses of Saint Mark, brought as loot from Constantinople in 1204.
An 18th-century view of Venice by Canaletto.
The 13th-century Castel Brando in Cison di Valmarino, Treviso.
Veneto's provinces.
St Mark's Basilica, the seat of the Patriarch of Venice.
The Punta San Vigilio on the Lake Garda
Kiss of Judas by Giotto, in Padua.
Giorgione's The Tempest.
The Prato della Valle in Padua, a work of Italian Renaissance architecture.
Villa Cornaro.
Antonio Canova's Psyche Revived by Love's Kiss.
The Church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice
A Golden bottle of Prosecco
Asiago cheese and crackers
A slice of tiramisù
Antonio Salieri
Antonio Vivaldi
Teatro La Fenice
The Arena of Verona
Teatro Salieri
Villa Barbaro
The Villa Capra "La Rotonda"
Villa Badoer
Villa Malcontenta
Villa Pisani (Bagnolo)
The mount Antelao
Lastoi de Formin (Cadore)
The start of Strada delle 52 Gallerie
A trait that shows the structure of the Calà del Sasso

In architecture, Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), born in Padua, completed some highly influential works, including Villas in the mainland, in Vicenza, Padua and Treviso.

List of eponyms (L–Z)

Person whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.

Andrea Palladio, Italian architect – Palladian architecture, Palladian villas, palazzo.

Roman temple

Ancient Roman temples were among the most important buildings in Roman culture, and some of the richest buildings in Roman architecture, though only a few survive in any sort of complete state.

The Maison Carrée in Nîmes, one of the best-preserved Roman temples. It is a mid-sized Augustan provincial temple of the Imperial cult.
The Temple of Hercules Victor, in the Forum Boarium in Rome, 2nd century BC; the entablature is lost and the roof later.
Roman temple of Alcántara, in Spain, a tiny votive temple built with an important bridge under Trajan
Temple of Augustus in Pula, Croatia, an early temple of the Imperial cult
Temple of Janus as seen in the present church of San Nicola in Carcere, in the Forum Holitorium of Rome, Italy, dedicated by Gaius Duilius after his naval victory at the Battle of Mylae in 260 BC
A Roman mammisi or chapel added to Dendera Temple, using the traditional Egyptian temple style.
"Temple of Venus", Baalbek, from the rear
Temple of the Imperial cult at Vienne
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (1720), James Gibbs
La Madeleine, Paris (1807), now a church
The Temple of Neptune at the Monrepos Park in Vyborg, Russia
Relief of Marcus Aurelius sacrificing at the 4th temple (left)
Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, Lebanon
View of the Temple of Romulus, from the Palatine Hill.
The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii. Mount Vesuvius is to the far left.
Roman temple of Vic, part original, with parts restored
Ceiling of Temple of Jupiter, Diocletian's Palace, Split
Reconstruction of Pagans Hill Roman Temple, Somerset, a Romano-Celtic temple
Temple of Saturn, Roman Forum, 8 impressive columns and architrave remain standing
Capitoleum of Dougga, Tunisia

The Palladian villas of the Veneto include numerous ingenious and influential variations on the theme of the Roman temple front.

Villa Capra "La Rotonda"

Renaissance villa just outside Vicenza in northern Italy designed by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.

Palladio's plan of Villa La Rotonda in I quattro libri dell'architettura, 1570
Interior of the rotonda
The cupola
The "House of Palestine" and owner Munib al-Masri in Nabulus.
Shaded view
Service corridor leading up to building facade
carved marble fireplace mantel over a fireplace
Open pediment over doorway
Ornamental moldings and fresco painting
Palladio: I quattro libri
Palladio: I quattro libri

Unlike some other Palladian villas of the Veneto, the building was not designed from the start to accommodate a working farm.

Province of Padua

Province in the Veneto region of Italy.

Prato della Valle in Padua.
Villa Contarini.
The city walls of Montagnana.
Colli Euganei.

There are numerous villas in the countryside, a few of them from Palladio, the main ones being Villa Contarini (in Piazzola sul Brenta) and Villa Barbarigo (in Valsanzibio).