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Reviewed 24 July 2016

From Vicenza, approx 30 minute drive to Villa Contarini - highly recommended on a sunday in summer. Whilst our purpose was to visit the wonderful art and craft market set in the Palladian architectural extravaganza opposite the villa, in the porticoed hemicircle piazza - we were astounded and left in awe as we wandered the villa's grounds of the villa after purchasing some quality handmade jewellery & a unique stylish aqua blue suede leather handbag, both handcrafted and purchased from the makers - I was ecstatic - amazing craftsmanship/ craftswomanship. An afternoon downpour happened and we found ourselves sitting outside a bar onlooking the magical Villa for a couple of hours making some new made friends. Earlier to our arrival between Vicenza & the villa, we called into the town of Camisano another sunday market in nearby town of and purchased delicious stone fruit & grapes which lasted for our next 4 breakfasts.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank paula j
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We were in Piazzola for Young and Bonamassa's concerts and decided to visit Villa Contarini. The Villa is really monumental and magnificent, built in baroque style in the 16th century for Paolo Contarini, belonged afterwards to the Camerini family and finally property of the Ghirardis. The inside is breathtaking, especially the music room, the room with the mirrors, the ballroom the library and the shellroom - an enormous room made all of seashells!!! It's really worth visiting if you're nearby!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank MartinaJ496
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

Villa Contarini is worth a visit, rich and interesting history, very original inner decorations , large park with a lake where is also possible to do a tour on a real Gondola in summer saturdays and sundays .

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank GiorgioXT
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

An hour's drive from Venice and 45 minutes from Vicenza, where we were headed, we stopped in front of the gates in an almost empty giant car park. Open daily, except Wednesdays, entry is 7 Euros but a 1 hour guided tour is obligatory and the only way you are allowed inside.

Tours are at irregular hours and only in Italian so you might want to call and check times before visiting. We spent an enjoyable hour in the peaceful grounds waiting for the only tour that afternoon (and probably that entire day) as this government owned property seems little visited.

The building itself was a pleasure to see and the few staff we encountered were sweet and helpful. But we were very disappointed with the interior decorations, which mostly seemed surprisingly amateur. I think we were even more disappointed than we would normally have been because of our visit the previous day to the fabulous Doges' Palace in Venice, overflowing with artwork by so many master painters.

Knowing what we know now, we would skip a visit here in favour of more time in Vicenza. However, it was almost made up for by our lovely lunch at a cafe just 100 m from the front gate.

The Osteria Al Majo offers cusina tipica at a bargain price. For just 10.50 Euros we enjoyed 3 lovely courses all cooked by Mama plus wine and coffee; in some ways it was better than any meal we had in Venice and the first time on our trip that we encountered service with a smile. Not surprisingly, this modest but happy place was popular. Every chair at every table was taken.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank exotissima1
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

We visit the city of Piazzola almost every month for the antique market. The setting is awesome for this big market. If you're wanting to have a quiet tour of the grounds don't go the last Sunday of the month - the antique market is in full swing. Definitely a nice visit while in the Vicenza area.

Date of experience: December 2015
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