Countryside Villas in Veneto

By Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012

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The mainland region surrounding Venice is called the Veneto. This is where the nobility of Venice would escape to when the canals became too stinky to bear in the hottest months. Most of us think of escaping to the beach in summer but sometimes green hills and pastures provide much needed shady trees and evening breezes. Nobles had lovely villas built for their perfect getaway homes.

During the 16th century, the architect of choice was Andrea Palladio. He revived the classical style and built many villas which still dot the countryside of the Veneto. His work is considered so significant that in the 1990′s they were given a UNESCO World Heritage Listing; this includes 24 villas and 23 buildings in the city of Vincenza....

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Venice Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Venice.

Photo courtesy of GOC53 via Flickr.

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