Villa Valmarana ai Nani is a fine example of an 18th century Venetian Villa: it stands on San Bastian hills, just outside Vicenza, and enjoys a fantastic position overlooking the Valletta del Silenzio, the "valley of silence", a protected area of outstanding natural, artistic, and historic interest.
The name “ai Nani” relates to the 17 stone statues of dwarves arranged along the perimeter wall of the property, which comprises the three historic buildings built between 1669 and 1720; the Villa, the Foresteria and the Stables.
In the Villa you can admire the epic tales depicted in the frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, one of the great 18th century artists. Iphigenia in Aulis, Iliad and Aeneid, Orlando Furioso, and Jerusalem Delivered.
In the Foresteria, you can also see works by Giambattista’s son Giandomenico, who decorated the seven rooms with a series of varied themes: chinoiserie, farmworkers, walks, carnival, architecture, cherubs and the Room of the Olympian Gods, the only one painted by Tiepolo Senior.
The property also features three historic gardens: one at the front with a rose garden, an Italianate garden and a rear garden with an avenue of hornbeams and a statue of Neptune.
These areas will soon undergo redevelopment, thanks in part to Villa Valmarana securing funding from the ‘Giardini Storici 2022’ organisation.
Today, thanks to the Villa’s rich heritage it is an outstanding family-run museum venue which is open 364 days a year. You can learn all about the Villa’s stories, from the legend of the stone statues to the eminent visitors who have stayed here, or you can taste fine wines from local vineyards.
The ideal location for gala dinners or elegant, intimate and exclusive weddings, as well as MICE events, business events and product and fashion photo shoots.