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Vicenza and Palladio’s Villas - Private Tour from Venice

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Key Highlights

  • This is a private tour and can be adapted to suit your needs
  • In Vicenza your guide is a local expert on Palladio
  • See some of the Villas that surround Vicenza and visit Villa Rotunda
  • Included walking tour of Vicenza - the city shaped by Palladio
  • This is a private tour and can be tailored to meet your requirements
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    09:00am

    Meeting Point

    The tour picks up from the water bus station on the Tronchetto (pier) port of Venice.
    Your guide will be waiting holding the sign, "Villa Rotunda and Vicenza Day Tour".
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour returns to the original point of departure

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Lovers of Renaissance art and architecture will love focusing on the city of Vicenza.

    Vicenza is home to civic buildings, basilica and aristocratic residences designed by renowned architect Andrea Palladio. Visit his first Villa, the Villa Godi, which is richly decorated with 16th Century frescoes. It is set amongst the rolling hills and enchanting villages of the Breganze wine region.

    Villa Rotonda, Palladio's most celebrated work, has a temple-like façade and its symmetry along with its setting gives it an air of splendid perfection, echoing the principals of Palladian architecture.

    Itinerary

    This private tour departs from Tronchetto at 0900h (09:00am). You will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle accompanied by a guide.

    Leave Venice for your private tour of Vicenza and to learn more about the architecture of Palladio. The day begins with a fascinating walking tour of the city of Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city that Palladio transformed with his imposing civic buildings, basilica and aristocratic residences has remained largely unchanged since the 16th century.

    Leaving Vicenza you will drive around the region to see many Palladio Villas. The highlight of the day is a visit to the Villa Rotonda. Palladio's most celebrated work. Its temple like facades, its symmetry along with its natural setting, give the villa an air of splendid perfection and seem to echo the principals of Palladian architecture.

    You will also visit Villa Godi and en-route back to Venice will drive along the Villa Brenta where you will see the Villa Malcontenta.

    At the end of the tour you will return to Venice. The tour ends at the original point of departure at around 1800h (6:00pm).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guide availiable in English, German, french, Spanish & Italian languages
    • Private Mercedes vehicle or similar make
    • 2 ½ hours Palladian expert guide in Vicenza, Villa Rotonda and Villa Godi

    Exclusions

    • Entrance fee (Euro 22,50 per person)
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Your tour guide will be holding sign with your name written on it

    Private water taxi from hotel Venice Island to Piazzale Roma: Starting from 75 Euro

    Villa Rotonda interior is open on Wednesday only March through October

    Additional info

    You are advised to book well in advance of your travel date.The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. The exact pick up point will be confirmed when the tour request has been confirmed.