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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Villa Saraceno, Agugliaro: plan and elevationRIBA53448

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, VicenzaRIBA113929

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: a door leading off the main entrance hallRIBA113947


Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking out through the loggia from the main entrance hall with the frescoes just seenRIBA113944

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking towards the barchessa and dovecote at the far endRIBA113936

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: looking towards the villa from the great barn or tezzaRIBA113928


Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessaRIBA113935

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa to the right of the main entranceRIBA113925

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa to the right of the main entranceRIBA113924


Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the barchessa with catRIBA113939

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the front (south) elevationRIBA113923

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the front (south) elevationRIBA113922


Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the great barn or tezzaRIBA113934

 
Villa 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 houseRIBA113945

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the loggia of the main house with its ceiling frescoesRIBA113937


Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the main entrance hall with frescoes by Anselmo CaneraRIBA113943

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza: the main entrance hall with frescoes by Anselmo CaneraRIBA113941

 
Villa Saraceno, Finale di Agugliaro, Vicenza; the great barn or tezzaRIBA113927