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The Veneto and FriuliVenezia Giulia Sights

Villa Valmarana ai Nani

  • Via dei Nani 2/8 Map It
  • Vicenza
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/08/2014

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Inside this 17th- to 18th-century country house, named for the statues of dwarfs adorning the garden, is a series of frescoes executed in 1757 by Gianbattista Tiepolo depicting scenes from classical mythology, The Iliad, Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata, and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. They include his Sacrifice of Iphigenia, a major masterpiece of 18th-century painting. The neighboring foresteria (guest house) is also part of the museum;

it contains frescoes showing 18th-century life at its most charming, and scenes of chinoiserie popular in the 18th century, by Tiepolo's son Giandomenico (1727–1804). The garden dwarves are probably taken from designs by Giandomenico. You can reach the villa on foot by following the same path that leads to Palladio's Villa della Rotonda.

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Sight Information

Address:

Via dei Nani 2/8, Vicenza, 36100, Italy

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Phone:

0444-321803

Sight Details:

  • €10
  • Early Mar.–early Nov., Tues.–Sun. 10–12:30 and 3–6. Other times are available at an additional price

Updated 04/08/2014

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