Villa dei Vescovi
Villa dei Vescovi

Villa dei Vescovi

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Via dei Vescovi 4, Torreglia, Padua, 35038

The basics

Considered one of Veneto’s best examples of the proto-neoclassical style, Villa dei Vescovi was used by Padua’s bishops until the 20th century. Its interiors feature frescoes by Flemish painter Lambert Sustris and open onto elegant porticos that overlook the gardens, vineyard, and orchard. The villa marked the rise of the humanist ideal of architecture designed to complement the landscape and is a precursor to architect Andrea Palladio’s neoclassical style that dominated the countryside in the 1700s.

Book a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a delay at the entrance, or join an excursion or wine tour into the Euganean Hills that includes a stop at Villa dei Vescovi and other Venetian villas in the surrounding countryside.

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Things to know before you go

  • If you plan on visiting the Palladian Villas, tour Villa dei Vescovi first to get an idea of the evolution of the area’s architecture over time.
  • Children are encouraged to explore the property with a number of family activities that include puzzles, treasure hunts, and outdoor activities.
  • You’ll be on your feet for most of your time at the villa, so wear comfortable shoes; a hat and sunscreen are a good idea when exploring the grounds.
  • There is a café on the villa property for meals and snacks, as well as a small gift shop.
  • The villa is not accessible to wheelchair users.
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How to get there

The villa is located in Luvigliano near the town of Torreglia, roughly 11 miles (18 kilometers) outside Padua (Padova) and about an hour from Venice by car. As arriving by public transportation can be time-consuming, consider joining a small-group or private tour that includes round-trip transportation for a hassle-free visit.

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When to get there

Villa dei Vescovi is surrounded by beautiful grounds and countryside, which are best appreciated in spring and fall. Guided tours are offered by the villa on Saturdays and Sundays for a small supplement, and they cannot be booked in advance.

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Andrea Palladio and his Palladian villas

The countryside of Veneto is known for its elegant Palladian Villas, built as rural residences for wealthy Venetian merchants and nobility by Italian architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century. Today they are a highlight of the region. Villa Barbaro, the architect’s masterpiece, is perhaps the most famous, but other treasures include Villa La Rotonda and Villa Emo.

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