Tourist information on Andrea Palladio's Villa La Malcontenta located along Riviera del Brenta, in the region of Veneto, Italy, close to the city of Venice. La Malcontenta is one of the finest Palladian Villas that you can visit with the Riviera del Brenta's Villas guided tours, and it lays testament to the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and his famous Palladian Villas. Tours of Villa La Malcontenta can be booked departing from Venice.
Villa Foscari, more commonly known as La Malcontenta, is featured in our Private Palladio Villa Tour.
Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio, in Malcontenta, was built for one of the more wealthier clients of Andrea Palladio. Unlike the patrons of some other Palladian Villas along Riviera del Brenta who cut costs wherever possible, the Foscari family asked to Andrea Palladio to increase the architectural volume of the building so that it would have truly reflected the importance of the family and its role in the history of Venice.
Villa Foscari in Malcontenta was built during the 1550s, and in a certain way represents the transition of Andrea Palladio, from being an architect who merely copied to one who assimilated all his experiences to forge his own unique style.
The rear, southern-facing facade of Villa La Malcontenta is almost a slavish copy of the work of Giulio Romano, Palazzo del Te in Mantova. But, the main facade is a true Palladian one, and like some works of Michelangelo it holds the viewer in awe of its beauty and magnitude.
Nowadays, Villa Foscari or La Malcontenta is as famous for its legends as it is for its design by Palladio. A legend says that one of the brothers banished his wife to live alone in the Villa after she led a libertine life in Venice.
But, this is just a legend. In fact, the name Malcontenta comes from the hamlet in which the villa is located. This hamlet has always been known as Malcontenta, because in the old days thieves and robbers, malcontenti in Italian, used to seek haven in the nearby marshes.