Tourist information on Villa Barbaro in Maser, by Andrea Palladio. Villa Barbaro, of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, is one of his most famous Palladian Villas because of the famous frescoes by Paolo Veronese that decorate the interior of the villa. Tours of Villa Barbaro are available departing from Venice.
You'll find a lot of tours of Villa Barbaro, but two are the ones we propose here. Villa Barbaro in Maser is featured in our small group Hill Towns of Veneto Tour and our Private Palladio Villa Tour. Both tours featuring Villa Barbaro depart from Venice.
Villa Barbaro in Maser was built around the 1560s by Andrea Palladio for his friends, the Barbaro brothers Marcantonio and Daniele. In particular, Daniele Barbaro played a major role in the life of Andrea Palladio in the latter part of his career.
Although one of the most visited of the Palladian Villas, Villa Barbaro in Maser is probably the least typical of the villas constructed by Palladio.
Villa Barbaro in Maser reminds us of the demands and problems that architects of all periods in history have had to suffer from time to time. Andrea Palladio's architectural prowess was certainly compromised by this project.
Firstly, because the new villa has to be built over a pre-existing building, Palladio struggled adapting his new building to the framework of the pre-existing structure.
Secondly, the chef-patron Daniele Barbaro had studied architecture at university and wanted to play a major role in the design of Villa Barbaro in Maser. In fact, when Palladio later wrote his four books of architecture, he said “[…] architecture seems to be something that everyone seems to think they know something about […]", and he was probably referring indirectly to his friend Daniele Barbaro during the adaptation for the new Villa Barbaro in Maser. Learn more about our tours of Villa Barbaro departing from Venice.