Villa Badoer


Castles, villas, palaces






Villa Badoer, in Fratta Polesine (RO), is the work of Andrea Palladio, one of the greatest Italian architects of the 16th century, and has been included, along with other Palladian villas in the Veneto, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. At the center of a lawn enclosed by rusticated cottages, the residential building has a simple massing, with a monumental pediment pronaos preceded by a wide, articulated staircase. On either side extend in a semicircle the barchesse on colonnettes (the "barchessa" in the Venetian villa is a side wing used for living quarters or services). It is these that, with their wide curve intended to enclose the space, characterize the building and make it one of Palladio's most valuable achievements. The villa, as Palladio himself recalls in one of his books, was decorated by Giallo Fiorentino, who painted there, in the pronaos and interiors, the fanciful grotesques recovered during the restoration work carried out by the Istituto Regionale Ville Venete.

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