Villa Valmarana ai Nani, VicenzaVilla Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

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    This villa is famous in Italy Fritz, but still quite singular!
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      Yes, but no plan Fritz...
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A famous villa due to its fable and its especially remarkable frescoes of Tiepolo.

My experience, Explo description: 

The fable :
A man had a girl who was a midget. To hide her infirmity, he populated this villa with midgets. But one day, the girl looked over the wall and saw a handsome young man on a horse. She couldn’t suffer her difference and she committed suicide. All the dwarfs who lived with her were really affected and they changed in stone statues.

The villa :
It was constructed in 1669 by Muttoni. The Valmarana family bought it and asked Gianbattista Tiepolo the decorate it. He was helped by his son, Giandomenico... The frescoes were completed in 1750.

The villa consists of three parts :

  • the Palazzina or "owners house" (1669) decorated by Tiepolo (father) with scenes of the ’sacrifice of Iphigenia’, scenes of the Iliad...
  • the Foresteria or "hosts house" (1720) decorated by Tiepolo (son) in a more rustic but still full of fantasy style (Chinese paintings, the four seasons...), with the Chamber of the Olympus Gods (painted by the father : Gianbattista).
  • the stables.

Gardens are flowered with fragrant roses bushes, overlooking the the neighbouring hills and in particular the Monte Berico sanctuary.

On the top of the walls are aligned the statues of the dwarfs.

How getting there: 

From Vicenza, take South (highway S 247 direction Riviera Berica - Longare).
Take Viale Margherita (700 m), then at the roundabout via Borgo Berga (400 m) and finally via Giambatistta Tiepolo.

Else, if you prefer, Valmarana villa is 5 minutes walk from the villa La Rotonda.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

From March 10 to the November 8 : 10-12 and 15-18pm
Closed on Monday
From November 8 to March 7 : open only on Saturdays and Sundays ; 10-12 and 14-16:30pm

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Entry fees: 

individual : 8 €
groups : 6 €
school groups : 4 €


Carolina Valmarana
Villa Valmarana have Nani
Via dei Nani, 8-36100 Vicenza
+39 0444 321 803
valmarana [at] villavalmarana [dot] com