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“A Complement to Villa Capra”

Villa Valmarana ai Nani
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The Palladio and Bassano del Grappa Private Tour
Ranked #6 of 137 things to do in Vicenza
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Venetian villa with superb frescoes of the most important Venetian painters of 18th century: Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo. Still owned and inhabited by the Valmarana family, who bought it back in 1720. Open to the public for visits 6 days a week and available for events such as weddings, conferences, gala dinners, photo shooting, business presentations, concerts, representations,
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“A Complement to Villa Capra”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Villa Valmarana (family name) ai Nani (dwarfs) is a 10-15" walk from the Villa Capra, outside Vicenza. The Heading on Tripadvisor should include Vicenza but currently does not. I believe both villas are owned by the present Count Valmarana, who runs concessions on both places. Although we were there off-season, in November, I believe there is a coffee shop where you can take some refreshment on the porch and have a great view of the valley. Open in high season. At least that is what the website will say.

We walked there from Villa Capra, where we left the car. It was a quiet, narrow road with nice vistas. There was also a cafe' as we approached but it was closed during this off-season period.
As you approach the grounds you pass the villa on your right, then encounter a wall lined with statues of dwarfs. Whether they were intended as such I cannot say although many courts in the Renaissance and later, hired dwarfs to amuse the members of the courts, cruel as that may sound today. Often they had favored status in aristocratic and royal families, as witnessed by several group portraits made in Spain and Italy.

The villa is really three parts--the stables, the guest quarters and the villa proper on an elevated platform. But the pictures will clarify that. Both main structures are good "house museums" reflecting the life and times that the various owners enjoyed.

It is well worth the visit and the modest entry fee. Allow at least an hour. Longer if you linger at the cafe'.

Visited November 2012
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“Fabulous!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

In touring the Veneto countryside for a week, this was my favorite place. It's just a short drive south of the city. The main palladio and guesthouse are gorgeous with all of their Tiepolo frescoes with gods and clouds. The house is preserved and furnished how it looked in the 1930s-1940s. The panaramic views of the rolling hills to the west are gorgeous. Enjoy a snack or drink in the cafe area and enjoy the views.

Visited September 2012
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“Tieppolo father and son!”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

I assume they mean Villa Valmarana. For once not a Palladio Villa but decorated by the Tieppolo family with remarkable frescoes. Well worth the visit

Visited October 2011
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Giulio V, Proprietario at Villa Valmarana ai Nani, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear visitor,

thanks for the visit of our home.

We are glad you enjoyed the masterpiece represented by Tiepolo frescoes.

See you hopefully soon.


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“Superb palace on the outskirts of Vicenza”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

This is beautiful palace on the outskirts of Vicenza, built in the 17'th century.
The interior furnished is lavishly decorated with frescoes.
The garden with sculptures is beautifully landscaped.
On the west side there is a nice panorama view to St. Mary church on the Berico hill.

There is a story about the place:
A dwarf princess lived secluded in the castle here with all her dwarf servants.
Seeing a beautiful prince in the garden, she realized her handicap and threw herself from the tower.
The careless dwarfs, for punishment, were petrified and were placed on the surrounding wall of the villa.

Visited July 2011
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Giulio V, Proprietario at Villa Valmarana ai Nani, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear visitor,
thanks for your nice words.
We hope to host you again as guest of ours, being it just for a visit of the villa or for any other of the activities and opportunities proposed by Villa Valmarana ai Nani.

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