Friday, Dec 13th: Ville Palladiane Tour + Asolo + Brion tomb

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013 by intern No Comments



Veronese, Soffito, Villa Barbaro, Maser.   


Friday, December 13th, all day: Villa Emo (designed by Andrea Palladio), Villa Barbaro (designed by Andrea Palladio, paintings by Veronese), city of Asolo and Brion’s tomb (designed by architect Carlo Scarpa)

The trip is compulsory for the students of “Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice” (Prof. Svalduz/Pattanaro) and of “Architectural and Urban Heritage” (Prof. Zucconi/Di Lenardo). They are both rescheduled classes.

It is also warmly recommended by Prof. Bass for the students of his courses.


9.00 am Meeting point at Tronchetto boat stop
9.10 am Departure from Tronchetto by bus
10.30 – 12.00am Visit to villa Emo (Fanzolo)
12.00 Departure from Fanzolo
12.20 – 12.50 Visit to Funeral Monument Brion (Altivole)
1.00 – 2.00 pm Free time for lunch at Asolo
2.00 pm Departure from Asolo
2.30 – 3.15 pm Visit to Villa Barbaro (Maser)
3.45 pm Departure from Maser
5.15 pm Arrival to Tronchetto


This trip will give you three unique opportunities:  to visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, to see two of the most beautiful ville designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in the second half of the 16th century, and to confront the real building with the original project as drawn in the “Four Books of Architecture”.
Students will also experience the beauty of the ancient Venetian countryside, when the most important families used to have a second vacation house in the mainland. Wealthy Venetian families started acquiring plots of land for farming to diversify their income after the beginning of the decline of their maritime business, but this also become an occasion to show their power through the commission of magnificent decorated building and to devote them to their intellectual otium.

Asolo retains a medieval feel, surrounded by ancient walls and dominated by the Rocca, the medieval building to guard the summit of Mount Ricco. Heart of the city can be considered the central Piazza Garibaldi, with the fountain dominated by the lion of St. Marco, hence you can easily reach the main monuments of Asolo: the Castle built during Middle Ages was later on the residence of Caterina Cornaro and her Renaissance court, amended several times, hosts today the theater dedicated to Gabriele D’Annunzio’s musa Eleonora Duse.

In Altivole the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa designed a private burial ground for the Brion family, commissioned by the widow of the founder of the Brionvega company. Several discrete elements comprise the Brion family burial site: a sloped concrete enclosing wall, two distinct entrances, a small chapel, two covered burial areas (the arcosolium for Giuseppe and Onorina Brion, and one for other family members), a dense grove of cypresses, a lawn, and a private meditation/viewing pavilion, separated from the main prato by a separate and locked entrance, and a heavily vegetated reflecting pool. The poetry of the place can be understood by the words of its creator: “The place for the dead is a garden….I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way; and further what meaning there was in death, in the ephemerality of life—other than these shoe-boxes.”

​To partecipate come to the Front Office by Wed, Dec  4th​ at noon.​ The cost is 7,50 euro (entrance tickets only, transportation cost is covered by VIU).
Students of the compulsory course will be refunded after the trip.

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