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In Veneto among the Palladian Villas that inspired the White House – Italian Cuisine

In Veneto among the Palladian Villas that inspired the White House


The most famous is La Rotonda, but there are many noble villas that deserve a visit between Padua and Vicenza. Also to be cycled through the vineyards

There are many, one more beautiful than the other and it is really difficult to choose which one to visit. Let's talk about Palladian Villas of the Veneto, Unesco heritage since 1996, and among the treasures more or less of our country. The hand – or better said head – which designed them in most cases is the same (Palladio in fact), the era in which they were also built, yet these homes are very different from each other, and they are each unique and special in its own way.

We are located a few kilometers from Venice, in a lucky (tri) corner of the Po countryside between Vicenza, Padua and Treviso, where vineyards and land make love to give the world their best wine. Here, in a period of peace and great wealth (for some), the Renaissance noblemen from Veneto had representative homes built, to supervise summer work in the fields. The one who first had the flicker was Andrea Palladio (Padua, 1508 – Maser, 1580), official architect of the Serenissima Republic, to whom the invention of the open villa as we know it today. "In the sixteenth century there were no more wars that had characterized the previous time, the castle was no longer needed to defend itself and the villa gave the idea of ​​a structure open to the world and perfectly integrated into the surrounding naturalistic and landscape context", explains Tiziana Spinelli, secretary of the La Rotonda Foundation, which heads one of the most famous villas.

Villa La Rotonda

It was erected between 1560 and 1565 and in reality it is not called that, but rather Villa Almerico Capra, like the surname of its first owners: Paolo Almerico, the founder, and the Capra marquises, to whom Almerico's son sold everything after having squandered the entire family patrimony. The most famous appellation owes it to the circular shape of the dome (and not only that), which clearly recalls the Pantheon in Rome, of which also imitates the hole at the top, but also the hill of San Sebastiano overlooking it. For Palladio, everything had to be harmonious and in accordance with the rules and geometry, just as it had been for the Greeks and Romans, from which he also columns and gables of the ancient temples. In turn, however, Palladio was also taken over, even exported: the White House with the long colonnade it is inspired precisely by its villas, as well as the Capitol, seat of the American Congress, which evokes the lines of La Rotonda. He was the third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson to take inspiration from Palladio to give (also) an artistic connotation to his nation, beautiful and cultural.

Today Villa La Rotonda belongs to the Valmarana counts, who every now and then – blessed! – weekends are spent at the palace. Curiosity: just like in the Renaissance when the villa was only a representative home, in La Rotonda the furniture is discovered in mid-March, "and in mid-November it is covered", says Tiziana Spinelli. Between March and November, the structure is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12 and from 15 to 18, and only guided tours are to be booked.

Villa Valmarana "ai Nani"

It is very close to La Rotonda, you can get there by crossing the road in a few meters. As the name already suggests, this also belongs to the Vismara accounts and takes the name to the Dwarves because of the dwarf statues placed on its surrounding wall. It dates back to the seventeenth century and is the work of the architect Francesco Muttoni. It is said that the daughter of the ancient owners, Layana, was born small and they, in order not to make her feel inferior, decided to build her around an equally small world, made up of servants of limited height, barchesse mignon (that is, the service areas typical of these villas) and, precisely, stone dwarfs. The story so far is very tender, then changes register and turns into tragedy: the little girl falls in love with a boy tall, she discovers that the world is not as small as her and takes her own life. Sigh.

The Villa consists of three buildings – building (1669), guesthouse and stable (1720) – located in a large park with Italian garden and built perfectly symmetrically. Here, the element of greatest interest is given by the frescoes of Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, called in 1757 by the owner Giustino Valmarana to decorate the building and the guesthouse. Villa Valmarana can be visited every Sunday at 10:30 and 11:30 and, in this case, it is advisable to book.

La Malcontenta

Let's go back to Palladio, who designed it in 1559, and we are in Mira, in the province of Venice. What makes this villa special, owned by the Foscari family of Venice (who are still the custodians of it today), is above all the natural context in which it is located, right on the banks of the Naviglio del Brenta, which by Palladio was perfectly incorporated into its architecture. Before entering, you have to leave your car in the parking lot of the village because here you get strictly on foot.

A legend says that the villa owes the nickname of Malcontenta to one mysterious lady of the Foscari house, who lived here alone for thirty long years, but was never seen going out or looking out of the windows. More prosaically, it is possible that the name derives from the expression Brenta poorly contained, since the river often overflowed.

The villa is open every weekend from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 17.30.

E-bike tour

If in addition to visiting these wonderful villas you want miss – so to speak – between narrow streets and rows, mostly cycle and flat, book an e-bike at thePalladian Routes agency: each bike – there are 120 available – is equipped with an integrated GPS that will guide you along the main stages of your Palladian tour. All you have to do is pedal.

To sleep

It may not have been designed by Palladio, but it is still a villa full of charm and history. Surrounded by greenery, it is close to the Vicenza Est and Vicenza Ovest motorway exits and is an excellent base for Palladian, cycle and food and wine tours: The Locanda degli Ulivi, historic residence of the eighteenth century, it has only 10 rooms, and offers authentic hospitality. In addition to a beautiful view of the lake of Fimon.

Apulian mayor does the taralli live to keep the citizens out of the house – Italian Cuisine

Apulian mayor does the taralli live to keep the citizens out of the house


The mayor of Lucera, in the province of Foggia, struggling with the preparation of the Apulian taralli to entertain citizens and make sure they stay at home during the coronavirus emergency

Become famous for his direct on Facebook (at least a couple a day), Antonio Tutolo, mayor of the Apulian municipality of Lucera, has decided to give citizens one more reason to stay at home: prepare the taralli best in the world.

A few hours before the live broadcast he published a post on his Facebook profile announcing the appointment and the necessary ingredients to prepare the scaldatelli, an Apulian specialty.

"Tonight for those who want to, we can spend half an hour together without having to break you … I will do a kilo of taralli to spend some time. If you want we can do it together live … If you want to eat the best taralli in the world tonight at 7pm prepare 1 kilo of flour, 150 gr. Of extra virgin olive oil, 30 gr. Of fine salt, fennel seeds, pepper, white wine and water. Do you know why they are the best in the world? Because when you do something, it seems the best in the world … "

The Apulian mayor then showed how to prepare thedough, how to give form with taralli, cook and dry them in the correct way, dispensing advice and even snatching some laughter. An idea happily accepted by quarantined citizens, as shown in the numerous comments on the video, which you can watch below.

This year you can spend your Valentine's day in Juliet's house – Italian Cuisine


The most romantic and desperate story ever, the most longed for balcony ever, one of the most visited places of love in the world. Verona and her Juliet need no story, but imagine going back in time and being able to relive the most romantic moments of Shakespeare's story. A dream. This year achievable.

Two modern Romeo and Juliet will be the protagonists of an unforgettable stay: Juliet's House is opened for the first time in years for a stay, on Valentine's night. A tour in the ballroom where the two lovers met, a candlelit dinner – by the hand of the star chef Giancarlo Perbellini – one night in Juliet's bed, the original one used by Zeffirelli in his film.

Thanks to the collaboration between Airbnb and the Municipality of Verona, for the first time since the 1930s, the building – one of the main tourist attractions of the city – becomes a real home again. "Juliet's house attracts millions of visitors every year . The collaboration with Airbnb re-proposes the well-known myth of Romeo and Juliet in a way never seen before. We are very happy to promote our cultural heritage, share local traditions and offer the city of Verona an opportunity for international visibility. "- Federico Sboarina, Mayor of Verona

How to participate

Every year thousands of letters from all over the world are sent to Juliet's house. This historic tradition – to which Verona owes the title of 'city of love' – is kept alive by the NGO JulietClub, whose team of volunteers, known as Juliet's Secretaries, responds every day to love letters from all over the world . To win the chance to stay at Casa di Giulietta, candidates will have to write a letter to Giulietta telling their love story and explaining why they would be the perfect guests. Applications can be sent to airbnb.com/juliet until 5:59 am on February 3, 2020. Initiative subject to terms and conditions.

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