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Villas by Palladio - Private tour from Venice

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Key Highlights
  • Enjoy a day out in the medieval town of Asolo from Venice
  • Visit Palladio’s Villas and learn about its history from a guide
  • This is a private tour and can be tailored to meet your requirements
  • Round-trip transport in a private vehicle
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    8 ½ hours

    Start time


    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, “Palladio Villa 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 This private tour takes you to see three of the Palladian villas designed by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Visit Villa Emo, Villa Barbaro and Villa Foscari (also known as La Malcontenta).

    The villas, which are famous for their exquisite frescoes, attract many tourists each year. Villa Emo is not lavishly decorated, but its simplicity and frescoes make it a fine example of Palladio’s purest creations as a villa architect. Touring villa Foscari, you will see how Palladio’s architectural style evolved. Villa Barbaro is the most richly decorated villa.

    This tour also visits the charming hillside village of Asolo.


    Your private tour starts from either Tronchetto, Venice at 0930h (09:30am). You will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied by a guide as you leave Venice for the day to visit some of Palladio’s finest villas.

    Your first stop of the day is The Villa Emo, the simple yet elegant design makes it one Palladio's purest creations as a Villa architect. Enjoy the Zellotti's frescoes, one of Palladio's favourite frescoes artists, as you tour the villa. And learn why many people regard this as the most beautiful of the Palladian Villas.

    Continue to Villa Malcontenta. Along with its famous legend, this is one of Palladio's most famous villas. Built for the wealthy Foscari family, it sits in splendid isolation beside the waters of the Riviera Brenta Canal.

    Whilst travelling between villas you will stop at the ancient village of Asolo. Whilst here you are free to explore at your leisure and your guide will recommend a local restaurant where you can enjoy a lunch of local delicacies (not included in the price).

    In the afternoon continue to Villa Barbaro. The most richly decorated of all Palladian villas, is famous for its delightful Veronese frescoes.

    At the end of your tour you will return to Venice. The tour ends at the original point of departure at around 1830h (6:30pm).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Highly qualified guide on Palladian architecture
    • Private Mercedes vehicle or similar make
    • Guide availiable in English, German, french, Spanish, Italian languages
    • 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

    On Tuesday and Saturday all three Villas are open. On other days some Villas can only be visited by appointment and as private visits. We will inform you of the cost at the time of your request

    Additional info

    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.

    Full details of the pick up point will be provided when your request is confirmed.

    On Tuesday and Saturday all three Villas are open. On other days some Villas can only be visited by appointment and as private visits. We will inform you of the cost at the time of your request

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