Villa Saraceno

Photographs by David Valinsky

Commissioned by Biagio Saraceno the Villa Saraceno, Agugliaro is one of the earliest and simplest of Andrea Palladio's designs. As built it is much more modest than Palladio’s design published in I Quattro Libri dell'architettura (1570). Only the villa’s house was constructed and the symmetrical ‘barchesse’ or barns flanking either side of the house as shown in plate 56 from in I Quattro Libri dell'architettura were never fully  executed. In the mid-17th century the colonnaded ‘barchessa’ on the east side of the house was added which links to the other existing farm buildings on the site.

Typically as with other Palladian villas the house as built combined a living space for the owners with a granary above the piano nobile to keep the grain cool and dry.

Derelict by the mid-twentieth century, the Villa Saraceno was bought by the Landmark Trust and restored in 1990-1994.

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RIBA53448Villa Saraceno, Agugliaro: plan and elevation

 
RIBA113929Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza

 
RIBA113947Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: a door leading off the main entrance hall


RIBA113944Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking out through the loggia from the main entrance hall with the frescoes just seen

 
RIBA113936Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking towards the barchessa and dovecote at the far end

 
RIBA113928Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking towards the villa from the great barn or tezza


RIBA113935Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa

 
RIBA113925Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa to the right of the main entrance

 
RIBA113924Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa to the right of the main entrance


RIBA113939Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa with cat

 
RIBA113923Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the front (south) elevation

 
RIBA113922Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the front (south) elevation


RIBA113934Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the great barn or tezza

 
RIBA113945Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the loggia looking towards the entrance with the figure painted above the door thought to be the owner Biagio Saraceno, dressed as an ancient condottiero, welcoming the visitor to his house

 
RIBA113937Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the loggia of the main house with its ceiling frescoes


RIBA113943Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the main entrance hall with frescoes by Anselmo Canera

 
RIBA113941Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the main entrance hall with frescoes by Anselmo Canera

 
RIBA113927Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza; the great barn or tezza