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'.
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