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Villa Saraceno seen by "the Palladian Traveller"

Villa Saraceno seen by "the Palladian Traveller" | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Villa Saraceno [is located] in Finale di Agugliaro, a small country village midway between Vicenza and Padova in the Bassa Vicentina.
Built by Andrea Palladio, the father of western architecture, around 1545 as the centerpiece for an existing farm owned by Biagio Saraceno, the villa caught fire in 1798 and was severely damaged, partitioned off and used as a community farm house in the late 1800s, converted to tenement dwellings during World War II, and by the 1980s Villa Saraceno was totally abandoned, derelict and, sadly, forgotten.
With barely a pulse left in its facade, the Villa Saraceno was plucked off the building emporium scrap heap by The Landmark Trust, a British charity charged with rescuing significant historic buildings at risk.
Purchased in 1989, The Landmark Trust breathed new life into Villa Saraceno with a tedious five-year renovation project that culminated with the reopening of its doors and windows in 1994. [...]

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Vicenza Walks: Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza Walks: Basilica Palladiana | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture, Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio created an architectural style known the world over as Palladianism.

The epicenter of his life’s work is stunningly on display in Vicenza — City of Palladio — in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy.

I can’t think of a better way to show you around my adopted hometown than via a “virtual” walking tour. Are you up for it? Great! Let’s head out.

Within the historic city walls, 23 individual buildings or sections of buildings were designed, reconstructed or attributed to Palladio. Among these is the just-restored Basilica Palladiana. We’ll stop here now, and save the other 22 sites for future passeggiate (walks).

Standing ornate alongside Vicenza’s “living room” — Piazza dei Signori — the Basilica was originally constructed in the 15th century as the Palazzo della Ragione where it housed the seat of government on the mezzanine and private enterprise on the ground floor. When part of the building collapsed, Palladio was commissioned by the Council of One Hundred, in 1549, to breath new life into it.

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Vicenza C’era una volta: Sfilata di Eleganza - Once upon a Time: A Parade of Elegance

Vicenza C’era una volta: Sfilata di Eleganza - Once upon a Time: A Parade of Elegance | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In the iconic Piazza dei Signori, high fashion from the runways of Florence, Milan and Rome met head on with steel and chrome from the factories of Torino, England and Detroit, merged on the cobblestone of the Centro Storico (Old Town Center), and formed a bond of amazing design from a bygone era — the 20s and 30s of Bella Italia.
This vintage auto and alta moda (high fashion) show was billed as: C’era una volta: Sfilata di Eleganza (Once upon a Time: A Parade of Elegance).
To most, food, and all the joy that it brings to the table, is the single most import ingredient of Italian CULTURE; but, no doubt, close behind la cucina Italiana is design and fashion, and, of course, art and architecture, to best visualize life inside the Bel Paese.[...]

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