The Art & Palladian Villas of Veneto

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Abano Terme

Scheduled flight from your preferred airport to Italy – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Terme Roma Hotel at Abano Terme near Padova.

Day 2 – Villa La Rotunda, Vicenza & Palazzo Leoni Montanari

Guided tour concentrating on the architecture of Andrea Palladio and beginning with an outside viewing of the domed and porticoed Villa La Rotunda, the most famous of Palladio’s buildings – continue to the great Palladian city of Vicenza for a tour of a number of his palaces and civic buildings including the Teatro Olimpico, Europe’s oldest surviving indoor theatre designed by Palladio in 1579, and the exterior of the Basilica Palladiana to see one of the first examples of the Palladian window – the Palazzo Leoni Montanari is home to a wonderful collection of Russian icons and paintings.

Day 3 – Padova & Cappella degli Scrovegni

Guided tour of Padova, one of Italy's oldest university towns, taking in the Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony, the Café Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual meeting place dating from 1831, the Piazza delle Erbe and the Jewish Quarter – pre-paid visit to the Cappella degli Scrovegni to see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Christ which became a powerful influence on the development of European art – rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4 – Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te

Travel to Mantova – guided tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces and now housing a wonderful art collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera degli Sposi’ by Mantegna – visit to the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’.

Day 5 – Villa La Malcontenta, Villa Barbaro & Asolo

Guided tour of one of Palladio’s loveliest villas, La Malcontente, beside the Brenta Canal and decorated with magnificent frescoes by Zelotti – visit Villa Barbaro at Maser designed by Palladio in collaboration with Veronese whose wonderful frescoes adorn the walls – Asolo is arguably one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy and a town Robert Browning liked so much he named a volume of poems after it.

Day 6 – Abano Terme

Morning free in Abano Terme with time to relax and shop – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Italy

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Villa La Rotonda

Vicenza - Teatro Olimpico & Basilica Palladiana

Palazzo Leoni Montanari

Padova - guided tour

Giotto’s frescoes at Cappella degli Scrovegni

Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te

Villa La Malcontenta - guided tour

Villa Barbaro at Maser

Asolo

Spa town of Abano Terme

Hotel

Five nights on half board basis at the 4* Terme Roma Hotel in the charming spa town of Abano Terme near Padova. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Venice - see The Art & Islands of Venice for details
  • Ferrara - one of the region’s greatest walled towns with many attractive streets and medieval houses, a 12th century cathedral and  the palaces of the d’Este dynasty
  • Palazzo dei Diamante, Ferrara - named after the diamond motifs on its façade, and home to the Pinacoteca Nazionale housing  paintings from the Ferrara school from the Middle Ages up to the 18th century
  • Verona & The Arena - this beautiful Romanesque city and Shakespeare’s inspiration for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is home to the Arena  dating from 1BC and the ornate Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Art & Palladian Villas of Veneto

Date of tour: May 2013

Click here to read a detailed review by the Organiser of the tour by her group of 26 to the Palladian Villas in May 2013.

PH, Radlett

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • on bed & breakfast basis
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
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