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Villa Valmarana ai Nani

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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 Illiad, 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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  • Address: Via dei Nani 2/8, Vicenza, 36100 | Map It
  • Phone: 0444/321803
  • Cost: €9
  • Hours: Early Mar.–early Nov., Tues.–Sun. 10–12:30 and 3–6. Visits at other times are possible at an additional price
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  • Location: Vicenza
Updated: 11-11-2013

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