Information on Villa Godi by Andrea Palladio. The tours of Villa Godi show as it was the first example of the Palladian architecture to be built by the great Renaissance architect who, at that time, was still a general contractor rather than an accomplished architect. Tours of Villa Godi can be arranged from Venice.
Villa Godi by Palladio is featured in one of our private Vicenza tours, specifically in our Private Vicenza & Villa Rotonda tour which departs from Venice.
Villa Godi was the first Villa accredited to Andrea Palladio. Most architects first commissions were a kitchen extension or perhaps, a vacation home hidden away in the countryside.
Villa Godi, with its immense size and prominent location on a hillside above the river Astico, could have ended the Palladio's career before it had even started. Not surprisingly, Andrea Palladio took no risks with the execution of this plan.
In fact, many years later when he wrote his Quattro libri dell'architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), Andrea Palladio went back to the design of Villa Godi to correct the errors he made in his original design of the Villa. Villa Godi houses frescoes by Zelotti and Padovano, and despite the inherent flaws in its facade, Palladio remembered Villa Godi fondly.
Ten years after Villa Godi was completed, he returned to the villa to plan the layout of the frescoes on the interior, and doing so he added a Serliana, a Venetian window or Serlian, to the rear of the building to bring extra light into the main hall of the villa to illuminate the frescoes.
Like many of the Villas of Andrea Palladio, Villa Godi has endured mixed fortunes over the years. The grand approach to the Villa was lost in the 19th century, and during the First World War it became the headquarter of the British High Command and the temporary house of Prince Edward of Edward and Mrs Simpson's fame.
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Title: Veneto Private Tours: All Tourist Information You Need -
Description: With our Veneto tours, you'll discover all the information you want to know about this region, from Dolomites to sea to the most important cities of art.
The region of Veneto is the most diverse region in Italy with an unlimited list of things to see and to do. It boasts the so-called Dolomites mountains and the world famous ski resort of Cortina, important cities of art and architecture, such as Padua, Vicenza and Verona. Numerous DOC wines are produced in Veneto, which discloses also beautiful hill towns, beaches, not to mention Venice.
The region of Veneto is one of the most diverse regions in Italy. If you want to experience all that Italy has to offer in one relatively small geographical area, then, Veneto could be your destination. Framed by the Dolomites' mountain range to West, the Alps to North, the Adriatic Sea to East and the mighty river Po to South, Veneto has more to offer to the visitor than the most of European countries.
All the tourist information on Veneto focus on its capital, Venice, since ancient times. Venice is one of Italy's major tourist destinations and arguably the most beautiful and unique city in the world. Guide books and other publications concentrate their attention on the magical aspect of the city of Venice, and as a result many visitors reaching Italy overlook the region of Veneto and its numerous attractions.
Within these tourist information pages you'll find links to other pages of information on the attractions of Veneto, that include the spectacular Dolomites mountains and the world famous ski resort of Cortina. Dolomites mountains are an ideal day trip from Venice, as featured in one of our private Veneto tours, specifically our Small Group Day Tours of Dolomites mountains.
The Dolomites' mountain range and its jagged peaks is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges to be found in Europe. They offer the best organized high-altitude hiking in Europe, and their complex network of chairlifts and cable cars makes the whole mountain range accessible to both hikers in the summer months and skiers in the winter months. Only a short driving distance from Venice, and you could include Dolomites in your tour itinerary of Italy to enjoy a very different vacation.
At the southern tip of the Dolomites separating the Brenta group from the rest of the mountain range is Lake Garda. The largest of Italy's fresh-water lakes, it's also the cleanest of Italy's major lakes where one can still enjoy a dip in its waters during the warmer summer months. Also, a great destination for hiking, the shoreline of Lake Garda boasts numerous enchanting medieval towns and medieval fortifications, as well as the famous Bardolino wine.
After a short 30 minute's drive from Lake Garda is the city of Romeo & Juliet. Verona rests on the plains of Veneto that give also the home to numerous important cities. Verona boasts its famous Arena that hosts the Verona Opera every year during the summer months. The city includes numerous important buildings that outline its importance over the centuries. Just to north of Verona is the famed Valpolicella wine region, home of the Amarone, one of Italy's most celebrated red wines. You can enjoy a day tour of Verona and the Valpolicella region with our popular Verona Wine & Romance Tours.
Another important city located 40 minutes driving distance from Verona in the direction of Venice is the city of Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Vicenza has one of the highest ratios of monumental buildings against its population in Italy. It's the home of the Palladian architecture in the form of numerous buildings designed by the great Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, that include the Olympic Theater and Basilica Palladiana. The province of Vicenza boasts numerous Villas built by Palladio, including Villa Rotonda and Villa Godi tucked away in the foothills of the Dolomites. You can enjoy a tour of Vicenza, Villa Rotonda and Villa Godi with our Vicenza & Villa Rotonda Tours.
In the foothills that run from the shores of Lake Garda to the Austrian Alps, you'll find numerous DOC registered and produced wines. The region of Veneto produces more different types of wine than any other region in Italy. Along with the Valpolicella wine region, you'll find the Soave wine region, the Prosecco wine region and numerous other high quality wines throughout the whole region, as well as some of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. Join our popular Small Group Hill Towns of Veneto Tours to experience the true magic of Veneto.
Padua, a short train ride from Venice, offers many diverse attractions that include the Scrovegni Chapel and its famous frescoes by Giotto, one of the oldest universities in Italy, the Byzantine Saint Antonio Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens dating from the 16th century and a delightful medieval city center. With beaches and islands to discover in and around the Venetian lagoon, the region of Veneto has much more to offer to the visitor than one might expect in advance. And as many parts of the region have yet to be discovered by tourists, it's a region that offers relative peace and tranquility for people who visit it.