Villa Valmarana ai Nani in Vicenza - Tickets online

After buying your ticket for Villa Valmarana ai Nani online, you will

  • Admire the frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo in the pictorial cycle of the Palazzina and the Foresteria of the villa, unanimously considered the highest example of eighteenth-century painting.

  • Visit the fascinating Italian garden of Villa Valmarana with interesting artistic elements such as the theater and the nymphaeum.

  • Receive a multimedia Smart Guide on a tablet - if you choose a premium ticket – and enter the immersive room for an exciting journey to discover the history of the villa and its frescoes.

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  • Choose the date and number of tickets. Remember that the date is only provisional: you can use the ticket on whichever day of your choice, provided it is within the opening hours of Villa Valmarana ai Nani.

  • Insert your personal details and check they are correct: once you proceed to payment, you cannot change or receive a refund for your payment (except for unforeseen museum closures).

  • Download the voucher from the booking confirmation page or from the email you will receive after booking.

  • Show your printed voucher or on your smartphone at the ticket office.

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1) VILLA VALMARANA AI NANI - TICKETS

DAYS AND OPENING TIMES

From 5 March to 6 November 2022: every day from 10 to 18

From 7 November 2022 to 3 March 2023: every day from 10 to 16

Closed on December 25th

 

Before booking, check here for the Villa's closing days.


Extraordinary closures

August

Saturday 27 August last entry at 16.30 closing at 17.00

Sunday 28 August last entry at 14.30 closing at 15.00


September

Saturday 3 September last admission at 16.00 closing at 16.30

Saturday 10 September last entry at 12.00 noon closing at 12.30 p.m.

Saturday 17 September last admission 12.30 p.m. closing at 1 p.m.

Saturday 24 September last admission at 16.00 closing at 16.30


October

Saturday 29 October villa closed all day


TICKETS

Adult: € 11,00

*Adult Premium with Multimedia Kit: (smartguide for the duration of the visit + entry to the Immersive Room) € 15,00

**Member Concession: € 9,00 valid for FAI - TCI - AVV members, Pro Loco - Padova members, Cartafreccia holders, cammino Fogazzaro Roi members (member card or equivalent document must be shown)

Concession young people (12-25 years): € 7.00 (an identity document must be shown)

***Free: people with disabilities (accompanying persons reduced admission € 7.00), children under 12, licensed tour guides.


2) VILLA VALMARANA AI NANI – ADDRESS AND HOW TO GET THERE

Via Dei Nani, 8
36100 Vicenza

The gardens are adjacent to Villa La Rotonda.

By car:

If coming from Verona on the motorway, exit at Vicenza Ovest and enter the ring road towards Padova; if coming from Padova, exit at Vicenza Est and enter the ring road towards Verona. In both directions, when you are on the ring road, take the Riviera Berica exit and follow the signs for the center of Vicenza. At the traffic light before the flyover (Via Stadio) continue straight and take Via Tiepolo, going up the hill: the street is on your left just before the large complex of Borgo Berga, where the courthouse is located. Once you have taken via Tiepolo, continue to the end of the road, following the signs that lead to the parking spaces in front of the entrance to the Villa in Via dei Nani 8.

By train:

Get off at Vicenza train station, then take bus number 8 towards "Debba". Get off at the Via Borgo Berga stop in front of the supermarket and walk a section of the street. Turn right and take Via Tiepolo going up the hill. Continue to the end of the road following the signs that lead to the parking spaces in the small square in front of the entrance to the Villa. Alternatively, it is possible to take a 25 minutes’ walk from the train station.

 

3) WHY VISIT VILLA VALMARANA?

Villa Valmarana in Vicenza is a splendid villa built starting from the second half of the seventeenth century and subsequently frescoed by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo. Its pictorial cycle is unanimously considered the highest example of eighteenth-century painting and testimony to the artistic prowess of the Tiepolos. The complex consists of three buildings - Palazzina, Foresteria and Scuderia, surrounded by a large park with an Italian garden.


History and frescoes

The villa was built in 1669 at the behest of the lawyer Giovanni Maria Bertolo. He bequeathed it to his daughter Giulia, from whom Giustino Valmarana bought it. It was he who commissioned the Tiepolos to decorate the Palazzina and the Foresteria. In the Palazzina you will admire the frescoes by Giambattista, the father, who decorated it with themes taken from the client's favorite books, including the great epic themes: Iphigenia in Aulis, Iliad, Aeneid, Orlando Furioso, The Liberation of Jerusalem. Giandomenico, his son, worked in the Foresteria, where he portrayed the Venetian society of the time with acute irony. In the Foresteria, only the Hall of the Gods of Olympus is the work of the father. You will have the opportunity to see the works of the two great painters juxtaposed and appreciate the personal artistic style of both.


The gardens

The garden of Villa Valmarana ai Nani contains many interesting elements: the colorful rose bushes at the entrance; the two hornbeam hedges, the green tunnels where you can find shelter from the sun; the nymphaeum with a large statue of Triton; the Italian garden with flower beds, gravel paths and low box hedges. The Villa's café is housed on the terrace from where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Scuderia and the Valletta del Silenzio, overlooked by the Sanctuary of Mount Berico. The park is completed by a portico, enriched with friezes attributed to Tullio Lombardo, a small theater, once used for performances and the declamation of poems, and the centuries-old holm oak forest with the frescoed pagoda (not visitable).


Interesting facts about Villa ai Nani

In the central hall of the villa there is the most famous portrait of Andrea Palladio, whose attribution is uncertain, but which is of value as it is the only depiction of the famous architect’s face. In October 2014 the portrait was stolen, but fortunately it was found in January 2015.

The name of the villa derives from the 17 statues of grotesque dwarves positioned on top of the surrounding wall. Linked to them is the legend of a dwarf girl, who was confined by her parents in the castle along with 20 dwarf servants, and she would later take her own life once she became aware of her deformity. The statues reproduce the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte and according to some scholars the preparatory drawings are allegedly the work of Giandomenico Tiepolo.

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