From my first year at Architecture school, I had always hoped that someday I would come face to face with some of the buildings designed by Andrea Palladio. Finally, this opportunity came to pass in July 2013 and I am happy to report that the experience will be difficult to surpass.
Influenced by Roman architecture and primarily by Vitruvius, Palladio is widely considered the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture. His teachings, summarised in the architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, gained him wide recognition. The city of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are quite a lot of ‘his’ buildings in and around Vicenza of all types from a Municipal Arch to a theatre to various merchants villas. The buildings in the surrounding countryside are more understated and seem to be a more humble expression of his ideas. I became more interested in these smaller rural farmstead villas (and two bridges).
Here is a selected group of photographs showing, in order of appearance, Villa Gazotti, Bertesina (my thanks to Piero-Antonio who kindly allowed me to fully photograph and survey this house), Villa Coldogno, bridge at Quartesola, wooden bridge at Bassano del Grappa (where they make Grappa… yum!), Villa Chiercati at Quartesola, Villa Trissina and… lest we forget… the exquisite Villa Capra (some annoying tourists managed to get into the last pic!)