Private Palladio Villa Tour

Explore the Villa Barbaro, Villa Emo & Villa Malcontenta by Renaissance architect Palladio with an expert Palladian guide!

Highlights and what's included

  • Fully Licensed Local Expert guide on Palladian Guide
  • Driver and Mercedes vehicle or similar make
  • Visit the Vlla Emo, Villa Barbaro, Villa Malcontenta & the enchanting hill town of Asolo


Palladio Villa Day Tours from Venice feature an excursion to the Villa Barbaro, Villa Emo & Villa Malcontenta with an expert Palladian guide. Travelling in an air-conditioned Mercedes (or similar make) vehicle you'll also vsisit the enchanting hill town of Asolo as well as the three celebrated Villas designed by Andrea Palladio.

The Villa Emo by Andrea Palladio unencumbered by lavish decoration, surrounded by elegant gardens, its simple form makes it one of Palladio's purest creations as a Villa architect. Enjoy the Zellotti's frescoes, one of Palladio's favourite frescoes artists, as we tour the villa. And learn why many people regard this as the most beautiful of the Palladian Villas.

The Villa Malcontenta by Andrea Palladio along with its famous legend, is one of Palladio's most famous villas. Built for the wealthy Foscari family, it sits in splendid isolation beside the waters of the Riviera Brenta Canal. As we tour the interior we'll discuss how Palladio's architecture evolved. The design of this Villa reflects the transition of Palladian architecture from his early years of imitating other architects to a period when he began to realize his own unique designs.

Villa Barbaro by Andrea Palladio, the most richly decorated of all Palladian villas, is famous for its delightful Veronese frescoes. As we tour the interior, we'll discuss the beautiful frescoes of the Villa and the famous conflict between Palladio, the patron Marcantonio Barbaro and Veronese as they wrestled over the design and ideology of the building.

Providing the perfect interlude between villas, we'll visit the enchanting village of Asolo and take a leisurely lunch at a local Osteria where we'll enjoy delicious regional cuisine and some of the local wines. Asolo, "the pearl of Veneto", is arguably one of the most beautiful hill-towns in Italy.

On Tue and Sat all Three Villas listed are open to the public. The per person total fee for visiting all three Villas is 22,50 Euro. On other days and in the winter season, some Villas can only by visited by appointment and as private visits. We will inform you of the cost at the time of your request.



  • Entrance fees not included - Per person total cost to visit all three villas listed is 22,50 Euro - Please read note section below the tour description for more information

Other info

  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.

Meeting Point

Tronchetto, Venice, where you will find your guide waiting for you on the platform of the water-bus line nr 2 station holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it

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Reviewed by Helen Abramowicz on
The Palladio tour was excellent. Cecilia is an extremely knowledgeable guide and gave an outstanding explanation of the 3 Palladio villas in the context of history and Palladio's life. Marco was a friendly helpful driver. We enjoyed eating lunch in Asolo and seeing this lovely town.
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