Villa Trissino

in Vicenza


Villa Trissino Around 1530 Giangiorgio Trissino dal Vello d'Oro began the complete renewing of a gotic building located at Cricoli, a suburban area of Vicenza, to transform it in an elegant house.
Refined man of letters and keen on classic architecture, Trissino directly partecipated drawing the project, also dictating the latin and greek inscriptions (no more readable) which decorated the rooms. The result was a villa perfectly reflecting the ideals, the personality and the culture of the owner.
So the architectonic solutions and the decoration show the great admiration of Trissino for Rome, where he was for a while. He was fascinated by the traces of the ancient civilisation and by the classic purity of Renaissance architecture.
For this, villa Cricoli façade - perfectly simmetrical and with refined polycromy - appear as a rielaboration of Raffaello's villa Madama, with two quadrangular towers that enclose the elegant central front. In this house, so imbued with classicism and humanistic culture, there was the site of Accademia Ocriculana (or Trissiniana) attended by the most important exponents of the cultural life of Vicenza.
But the villa Cricoli's fame is ascribed to a famous fact, as tradition tells: during the renewing of the villa (made with a lot of workers) there was the "historical" meeting between Trissino and Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, stone-cutter in the Pedemuro's workshop.  Some years later, Trissino nicknamed Andrea with a humanistic name: Palladio.

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