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Two Villas in the Brenta Valley


Artists of the Italian Renaissance





Villa Foscari, Andrea Palladio

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The River Brenta joins Venice with Padova, and after 1409, when Venice annexed Padova, the Brenta Valley became the preferred location for grander and grander holiday villas. 


Above:  the Villa Foscari ("La Malcontenta") - one of Andrea Palladio's (1508 - 1590) ultimate geometric achievements.


Below:  The 114 room Villa Pisani, built in the mid 1700s for a family whose members included a pope and a doge.  However, it was not long before Napoleon arrived and took the place over, and it has remained in the hands of various governments ever since.  The stables (bottom photo - seriously) are round the back.


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