The seventeenth-century Villa Valmarana ai Nani is one of the most important monuments of the Veneto region, famous for hosting one of the masterpieces of Italian pictorial art: the pictorial cycle by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo. The villa offers its guests two magnificent apartments and is offered as a privileged structure to host meetings and wedding receptions.
Villa Valmarana ai Nani History
On the slopes of Monte Berico, at the gates of Vicenza, stands Villa Valmarana ai Nani, nickname that differentiates it from the others of the same family due to the stone statues depicting the dwarves once scattered over the large park and now arranged on the wall.
The main building was built in 1669 by Giovanni Maria Bertolo and completed a year later, seeing in the following years the addition of a barchessa, a stable, a guesthouse and other buildings characterizing the Venetian villas. In 1720 it was ceded to the Valmarana brothers - family still owner of the complex - in 1736 it was restored by Francesco Muttoni, making the changes that are still visible today, such as the triangular frontononi and various extensions to the stables and guest houses.
At the behest of Giustino Valmarana in 1757, Giambattista Tiepolo was entrusted to his son Giandomenico and commissioned to fresco the main building and the guesthouse: he thus saw the light as one of the most precious jewels of Italian art, the pictorial cycle of the "Sale del Tasso" ".
Father and son divide the rooms: Giambattista decorates the Palazzina and here, at the height of his artistic maturity, he dedicates himself to the great epic themes, such as the stories of the Liberated Jerusalem, the Iliad, the Aeneid, the Orlando Furioso and 'Ifegenia in Aulis, depicting when possible romantic episodes and staging the best of his pictorial virtuosity.
In the guesthouse his son Giandomenico, although not reaching the peaks of his father, best expresses his art and already makes a glimpse of the new traits of romantic painting with the Room of Peasants, the Chinese Room, the Carnival Room and the Room of Seasons
In this casket of art that is Villa Valmarana, framed by an Italian garden that stands out on the panorama of the Sanctuary of Monte Berico, it is possible for guests to stay in two apartments located above the frescoed rooms of the Palazzina.
The apartments are about 115 square meters in size, with a very spacious bedroom, a living room with a double sofa bed, and modern Arclinea kitchens.
The apartments are both equipped with period furniture (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) finely restored, as well as friezes on the walls and a frescoed floor dating back to the nineteenth century in a bedroom.
The equipment provides all modern conveniences such as wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, air conditioning, for an enchanting stay in one of the most exclusive places in the whole of Veneto.
The Villa is open to the public and can be visited, according to the extended opening hours (which can be consulted on the website), and also offers an exclusive venue for events such as weddings, corporate events, meetings, or other special occasions such as lunches and dinners surrounded by Tiepolo's masterpieces, to give their guests magic moments in the rose garden, to celebrate between neoclassical statues and the magnificent natural background of the park, or to immerse themselves in the poetry of Tiepolo's painting. all to make a day unforgettable among art, history, culture and beauty.