PALLADIAN VILLAS AND PRIVATE RESIDENCES IN TRENTINO
A fascinating itinerary that touches the cult places of the Palladian art and combines the taste of contemporary art along with the new and exclusive exhibition places
Departure by couch.
Afterwards, visit to Villa Cordellina in Montecchio. The villa was built at the behest of the jurist Carlo Cordellina Molin, and designed by the architect Giorgio Massari. The construction of the villa lasted from 1735 to 1742, the year in which Massari started the project of Barchesse, erected in 1760. The structure consists of the main residence, the “barchesse,” the turrets and the grand rustic building. In the villa, Massari pays homage to the art of A. Palladio with a ionic four columns pronaos, above the coat of arms of Cordellina (three hearts with flax flowers), the symmetrical arrangement of the rooms, and two stairs next to the central hall. For the construction of the villa, Carlo Cordellina also involved the famous Venetian painter of the century Giambattista Tiepolo. He worked in the villa in 1743, and this is witnessed by a letter to his friend Algarotti which relates the progress of the work in the Villa. Check in to Hotel de Charme near Vicenza and dinner in hotel.
Breakfast in Hotel.
Transfer to Trento.
Guided tour of Villa Margon owned by Cantine Ferrari.
Villa Margon, strongly wanted by the Family Lunelli and the seat of the group, symbolizes the link between Ferrari and the art. Not only is it one of the most beautiful noble residences extramoenia of the entire Alpine area, but also one of the most sumptuous monuments of Trentino, full of history and legends. It is a sixtheenth-century structure located in the dense green woods and vineyards on the hills surrounding Trento. Villa Margon, during the years of the Council of Trento, ( 545-1563), hosted cardinals and prelates from all over Europe for the great assembly which gave birth to the Counter-Reformation. It is said that the Emperor CarloV, whose deeds are represented by cycle of frescoes that adorn the villa, stayed in this house, and his bed is among the most significant furnishings. Decorated by frescos outside as well, Villa Margon stands a few kilometres away from Trento, in a park that is unspoilt for centuries. Because of its indigenous vegetation, if only a part of it, the park is considered a masterpiece of nature.
Lunch at the elegant Locanda Margon.
Next, we visit the Mart Museum. The Art of the 900’ is recalled through the masterpieces of the Museum such as the protagonists of the Italian artistic innovation, (De Chirico, Carrà, Morandi, and Fontana), the Arte Povera of Pistoletto and Merz, and the contemporary international scene, (Abramovic, Boltanski, and Walker). Stop at the beautiful Cantina Rotary for a tasting.
Return to the Hotel and dinner in the restaurant.
Alternatively, a day dedicated to a unique trip that combines the wine and flavors of Trentino with the historic dwellings and suggestive holy places.
Breakfast in hotel.
After breakfast, we transfer to Villa Ai Nani, characterized by a wall with a row of statues of dwarfs on top of it. In the entrance hall and in the four rooms on the main floor of the noble building, it is preserved one of the most important jewels of the Italian art: the pictorial cycle “sale Del Tasso” by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico.
We then move to Villa Loschi Zileri Dal Verme, privately owned, also famous for a series of frescoes by Tiepolo. The residence is one of the biggest examples of the country architecture of the XV century.
Lunch in a Restaurant.
In the afternoon, we drive to Bassano Del Grappa to visit Villa Giusti del Giardino, a seventeenth-century residence owned by the family Zambelli. In the eighteenth century, two porches were built, and at the beginning of the twentieth century at the back of the building, a huge pronaos was added with Ionic columns that support the two terraces.
Stop at Distillerie ( Distillery) Nardini to admire the famous “bolle” of Fucsas. Above, between the crowns of the trees planted by Pietro Purcinai, there are two nests of glass between the legs of a iron flamingo; and underneath, an auditorium.
The transformation of the matter – “to distill is like the water which evaporates from the earth and returns in the form of rain thanks to the sun” – becomes the main theme to represent the heaviness of the soil and the volatile lightness of alcohol: at the start, the vine with its dirty roots; and at the end, the alembic where the juices are distilled in order to become thin liquor.
Return to the Hotel for dinner.
Breakfast in Hotel.
Visit to the most representative examples of Vicenza Palladian Art: the Barbaran da Porto Palace , and Olympic theater. Barbaran da Porto Palace is a palace built in Vicenza between 1570 and 1575 by the architect Andrea Palladio. It is currently the seat of the Palladio Museum, and International Architecture Study Centre of Andrea Palladio. The splendid residence of the noble Montano Barbarano from Vicenza, is the only large city Palace that Andrea Palladio was able to realize completely. There are at least three different projects, (preserved in London), documenting alternative plans of the building, very different from the original project used to built the Palace. On the occasion of the Palladian celebrations, in the museum will be set up an interesting exhibition dedicated to the artist. Next visit is the Olympic theater , another example of Palladian architecture.
Lunch in the Restaurant.
Departure from Vicenza.
End of the tour.