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Villa Angarano

The architectural genius of Palladio in Bassano del Grappa
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Villa Angarano in Bassano del Grappa

Villa Angarano is a majestic Palladian villa in Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, which belongs to and is still inhabited by the Bianchi Michiel sisters, descendants of an ancient dogal family.

The villa's project is included in the "Quattro Libri dell'Architettura" (1570) by Andrea Palladio, who thus describes it: "It is this place famous for the fine wines that are made there, and for the fruits that come there, and much more for the courtesy of the owner ".

It was in 1548 that Giacomo Angarano commissioned his illustrious friend Andrea Palladio to build the current prestigious villa conceived, not only as a farm, but also as a place to stay.

The works began in 1556, but the central body remained unfinished. Of Palladiano in the current structure the barchesse remain which close on the central body of a typically Baroque structure.

The latter was built between the end of the seventeenth century and completed in the early eighteenth century by the Venetian architect Domenico Margutti, a pupil of Baldassare Longhena.

The front of the barchessa on the right houses the noble church of S. Maria Maddalena, also attributed to Margutti.

The statues present in the complex are eighteen. Of these, four are located inside the church, represent sacred subjects and are attributed to a sculptor of considerable artistic value, Giacomo Cassetti known as Marinali (1682-1750).

In 1996 the Villa was included in the list of Italian sites UNESCO heritage.

Services: weddings and events

Food and wine sales

Villa Angarano is also a wine cellar. Breganze DOC wines are produced, such as Angarano Rosso, Breganze Merlot DOC, Angarano Bianco Breganze Vespaiolo DOC and San Biagio Breganze Torcolato Riserva DOC.

Added are Quare di Angarano Cabernet Sauvignon IGT, Ca 'Michiel Veneto Chardonnay IGT and 5 Sisters Veneto Rosato IGT. In addition to wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced.

<strong>Wine tasting tours on appointment only</strong>: single visitors from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 12 a.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m.; group of minimum 8 people also on weekends.

The visit includes: guided walk around Villa Angarano’s area open to the public and wine and olive oil tasting.