Villa dei Vescovi

Via dei Vescovi, 4
35038, Luvigliano di Torreglia (Padova)
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Tel. 049 9930473 - Fax 049 9933395

Donata al FAI nel 2005 da Maria Teresa Olcese and her son Pierpaolo's donation, 2005, in memory of the husband and father Vittorio Olcese
Villa Giardino

Opening hours

The Villa is closed from 9 December 2014 to March 2015

From Wednesday to Saturday
10am-6pm from April to October
10am - 5pm Novembere, December, January, March

10am - 7pm from April to October
10am - 5pm Novembere, December, January, March

Closed on working Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tuesday goups and school groups are admitted (reservation is needed)

Last entry one hour before closing time.



Villa dei Vescovi is the most important pre-Palladian country house of the Renaissance. Having remained extraordinarily intact up to the present day, it has conserved its timehonoured relationship of harmonious correspondence with the surrounding countryside, a trait that was considered crucial by the artists who designed and built it. Immersing yourself in its atmosphere is an unforgettable experience that allows you to capture the true essence of this property: it is a place in which to reflect, to find yourself, to come to a standstill and savour
the pure beauty of the interiors and the countryside round about; but at the same time, it is a place for exchange, dialogue and progress, which served as the backdrop for the vibrant meetings of a large group of illuminated humanists.

Historical outline
Built between 1535 and 1542 on an embankment of the Euganean Hills as a holiday home for the bishop of Padova, the Villa was designed by the Veronese painter and architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto, under the direction of Alvise Cornaro, an erudite Venetian.
Other great architects worked on the building in the wake of Falconetto, including Giulio Romano, Andrea da Valle and Vincenzo Scamozzi, and various vicissitudes resulted in alterations to the original master plan. Nonetheless, the Villa dei Vescovi still embodies a large part of the architectural ideal of its creators, remaining a “Delightful place (…) a superb palace with graceful gardens”, according to the 17th-century description by Paduan Angelo Portenari. The piano nobile is enriched by a cycle of frescos on which the Flemish painter Lambert Sustris started work in 1542, many of which faithfully evoke the sublime surrounding landscape. When you reach the end of your visit, we would invite you to spend some time sitting quietly under the Loggias, which will allow you to immerse yourself yet further in the beauty of the landscape and the truly special ambience of this villa – a place that stimulates contemplation, reflection and meditation.
You are most welcome!


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