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KEY DETAILS
Type of service
Private Tours
Duration
8 hours
Suggested departure time
9.00am
Meeting/Departure point
at Piazzale Roma car terminal in Venice
Language
English

Venetian Villas

Venetian Villas tours


The spread of the aristocratic villas along the course of the Brenta from Malcontenta to Stra' was a phenomenon and a sign of the power of Venice for the centuries between 1550 and 1700.The extraordinary flourishing of summer residences that great families of Venice built in this period were in perfect harmony with nature in the countryside near Venice.

There are indeed many in this area, possibly thanks to the presence of the main architect of this villas, Andrea Palladio, from Padua (1508-1580), who designed them with the classical and noble forms destined to fascinate the whole world. The Villa Emo by Andrea Palladio, unencumbered by lavish decoration, surrounded by elegant gardens, its simple form makes it one of Palladio's purest creations as a Villa architect. Enjoy the Zellotti's frescoes, one of Palladio's favorite frescoes artists, as we tour the villa. And learn why many people regard this as the most beautiful of the Palladian Villas. The Villa Malcontenta by Andrea Palladio, along with its famous legend, 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. As we tour the interior we'll discuss how Palladio's architecture evolved. The design of this Villa reflects the transition of Palladian architecture from his early years of imitating other architects to a period when he began to realize his own unique designs. Villa Barbaro by Andrea Palladio, the most richly decorated of all Palladian villas, is famous for its delightful Veronese frescoes. As we tour the interior, we'll discuss the beautiful frescoes of the Villa and the famous conflict between Palladio, the patron Marcantonio Barbaro and Veronese as they wrestled over the design and ideology of the building.

Providing the perfect interlude between villas, we'll visit the enchanting village of Asolo and take a leisurely lunch at a local Osteria where we can enjoy delicious regional cuisine and some of the local wines. Asolo, "the pearl of Veneto", is arguably one of the most beautiful hill-towns in Italy.

Please note:
The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.
Included
English speaking driver, A/C vehicle, taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline. No hidden costs

Not included
  • Gratuities (not mandatory and entirely at the client's discretion).

Prices per party (NOT PER PERSON) Party of 1-2 people EURO 550
Party of 3-4 people EURO 600
Party of 5-6 people EURO 650
Party of 7-8 people EURO 700
Party of 9+ people ASK US

Availability and schedule Departures: all year round
Pick up/drop off location: at Piazzale Roma car terminal in Venice
Pick up time suggested: 9.00am
Tour duration: 8 hours (approx.)

Cancellation Policy
  • No charge or penalty for tours cancelled at least 7 days in advance
  • 6 to 3 days prior - 50% of cost of service
  • 48 hours or less or NO SHOW - full forfeiture
  • No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.)


 
PRICES PER PARTY
Party of 1-2 people
EURO 550
Party of 3-4 people
EURO 600
Party of 5-6 people
EURO 650
Party of 7-8 people
EURO 700
Party of 9+ people
ASK US
NEVER MISS THE SHIP - GUARANTEED TIMELY RETURN TO YOUR SHIP
We have been offering shore excursions for a very long time and we never had a customer that missed the ship. In the extremely unlikely event that you miss your ship due to the late arrival of one of our tours, we will arrange and pay for your accommodations, meals, and transportation to the next port of call.
PS. We know very well that on the ship they try to terrorize you, saying that if you reserve your day with a private tour company and you are late, they will not wait for your return and you will miss the ship. As you can imagine, in cases of bad traffic, accidents, etc. the big buses they use have to wait in line just like all the other vehicles, and if you are on one of our small vehicles it will be much easier to find alternative routes to bypass the traffic problems.

WORRY FREE CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
No charge or penalty if you cancel your tour up to 7 days prior the date!
No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.) and if your tour has been paid in advance, we will refund you.
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