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Museo Gipsoteca Canova

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One of the most extraordinary historical and artistic areas of the Veneto Region is located at the foot of Mount Grappa. Here you can find five extraordinary places, namely Asolo, Possagno, Fanzolo di Vedelago, Castelfranco Veneto and Maser, which enclose an invaluable heritage of artistic works and which are situated in a territory rich of other historical attractions, belonging to some of the most important moments of the Venetian art, from the Roman Age to the Middle Ages, from Renaissance to Contemporary Age.
The five sites described below are located in fascinating old town centres, which offer the possibility to admire beautiful Venetian villas, castles, churches and courts. Among them: Villa Emo and Villa di Maser, which were built by the architect Andrea Palladio and frescoed by Paolo Veronese and Giovanni Battista Zelotti, the ‘Barco of Queen Cornaro’ in Altivole, the Walls and the Cathedral of Castelfranco Veneto, where there is the Altarpiece of Giorgione, and the ancient Tower of the Ezzelini Castle in San Zenone. Other contemporary works can be found in San Vito di Altivole, where the architect Carlo Scarpa designed the ‘Brion Monumental Tomb’, and in Riese, where Pope Pio X was born and where you can visit his birthplace. At the top of Mount Grappa , instead, you can visit the extraordinary WWI and WWII Memorial.
The whole area of Pedemontana also offers itineraries for a walk or for a horse ride, through which you can feel the atmosphere of a territory rich of precious historical artistic works.
Buy a full-price ticket in one of the five museums and you will be entitled to a reduction in each of the remaining ones.

Town’s Museum of Asolo

The Queens of Asolo – Catherine Cornaro, Eleonora Duse, Freya Stark

This marvellous old village situated on the top of the hills on the southernmost line of the Venetian Pre-Alps unveils a rich heritage of history and fine arts which dates as far back as the 1st century b.C., when it was enrolled as an Ancient Roman Municipium. However, the town experienced its most relevant artistic and urban development during the Middle Ages, when the massive Rocca was built on the top of Mount Ricco and still overlooks the old town centre; the circle of ramparts and the Castle – which is said to have been the home of Queen Cornaro and her suite – date back to the same time. Taking a stroll under the inspiring porticoes and porphyry paved streets of the centre of Asolo is a romantic way to let oneself seduced by the frescoed façades of the two flanks of prestigious old palazzos.
Do not miss a visit to the Town’s Museum – a sanctuary of objects and personalities that left their footprint in the history of Asolo. Hosted in the old Palazzo della Ragione, the museum displays a rich archaeological section, a charming gallery of paintings with works by Luca Giordano, Bernardo Bellotto and Antonio Canova, a special section devoted to the Treasury of the Cathedral, and three halls each devoted to three Great Women of Asolo – Queen Catherine Cornaro, the ‘Divine’ drama actress Eleonora Duse and the British traveller and writer Freya Stark.

Visiting hours: Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9.30 am – 12.30 am / 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Closed: 1st of January, Easter, Christmas
Prices: full price 5,00€, reduced 4,00€, family 12,00€ (2 adults+2 children)
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Distance by car: 15 minuti da Possagno, 30 minuti da Castelfranco, 20 minuti da Fanzolo, 15 minuti da Maser

Casa Giorgione Museum

Giorgione’s Native Town

Founded in the late 12th century, the town of Castelfranco Veneto still shows its magnificent, charming, tall red brickwork rampart walls dating back to the Middle Ages, which are overlooked on the east by an imposing Bell Tower with a clock and St. Mark’s lion from 1499, part of the heritage of the long rule of the Venetian Republic (1338-1797). A town permeated with art and culture on every corner, Castelfranco is rich of incomparably beautiful sights, including the 19th-century Romantic Gardens of Villa Revedin-Bolasco and the 18th-century Academic Theatre. It is also the native town of Giorgione (1478-1510), a major painter of all times, who left two well-known masterpieces here: an Altarpiece (ca. 1500) in the Costanzo Chapel of the 18th-century Cathedral and the so-called Frieze (ca. 1502-1503), a frescoed fascia painted in the main hall of Casa Barbarella-Marta (now Casa Giorgione).
The vestry of the Cathedral also houses some frescoes by Paolo Veronese. In 2009, Casa Marta was turned into a museum devoted to Giorgione, where a fascinating exhibition leads the visitor to the discovery of Giorgione’s mysterious personality by narrating his times and works through some valuable contemporary exhibits (statues, glasswork, textiles, armours) and multimedia presentations.

Visiting hours: from Tuesday to Thursday 9.30 am – 12.30 am; from Friday to Sunday 9.30 am – 12.30 am / 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Closed: Monday, 1st of January, Easter, Christmas
Prices: full price 5,00€, reduced 3,00€, family 10,00€
Suggested duration: 40 minutes
Distance by car: 35 minutes from Possagno, 30 minutes from Asolo; 15 minutes from Fanzolo, 30 minutes from Maser

Villa Emo

This villa is the result of Palladio’s strive to develop a new, perfectly functional model of a rural villa of his times, drawing inspiration from classical architecture.
Erected between 1557 and 1560 by order of Leonardo Emo, it has remained one of the most successful examples of Palladio’s portfolio, mainly because it combined a country estate with annexed warehouses and dovecotes in a harmonious continuity which was totally new at that time. The result is an impressive though simple building complex, based on minimal geometrical symmetries and mathematical proportions. The refined predictability of its façade and garden is balanced by richly decorated interiors by Giovanni Battista Zelotti (1526-1578) depicting an awe-inspiring world of mythological figures and amazing landscapes.
Palladio was extremely careful in reproducing his ideal relationship between the building and the surroundings, and set his villa on a land division existing since the times of Ancient Rome, with the Roman street Strada Postumia on the south and the line of Asolo hills on the north, which made a charming background picture for the villa.
Villa Emo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

Visiting hours: FROM MAY TO OCTOBER: from Monday to Friday 10.30 am – 12.30 am / 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10.30 am – 6.30 pm; FROM NOVEMBER TO APRIL: from Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 12.30 am / 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10.30 am – 6.30 pm
Closed: 1st of January, Christmas, 31st of December
Prices: adults 7,00€, senior 6,00€ (over 65s), all students 5,00€
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Distance by car: 30 minutes from Possagno, 15 minutes from Castelfranco, 20 minutes from Asolo, 20 minutes from Maser.

Villa di Maser

The result of a joy collaboration of Andrea Palladio, Paolo Veronese and Alessandro Vittoria, the Villa of Maser – also known as Villa Barbaro – is one of the most astonishing example of 16th-century Venetian culture and lifestyle. Still surrounded by vineyards today, it was designed around 1550 by Andrea Palladio in the middle of a flourishing land estate by order of the Venetian brothers Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro. The interior walls on the main floor were frescoed by Paolo Veronese, whose aim was also to celebrate universal harmony in a compelling marathon of trompe-l’œil effects and reminders to symbolism, and decorated by Alessandro Vittoria, who enriched the whole building with statues and stucco works. As a completion of his work, Palladio designed the Small Temple in 1580, which critics now consider as the last will of his artistic career. A visit to Palladio’s villa and tasting of the internationally known wines that are produced here is not complete without a stop at the local collection of carriages, located in a nearby farmhouse surrounded by magical greenery.

Visiting hours: FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER: from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Sunday and holidays 11.00 am – 6.00 pm; FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH: Saturday, Sunday, holidays 11.00 am – 5.00 pm; Special opening Friday December 8, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Closed: from December 11th 2017 to February 9th 2018, Easter
Prices: adults 9,00€, senior 7,00€ (over 65s), students 7,00€ (15 to 23 years old), children 4,50€ (6 to 14 years old), family 21,00€ (2 adults+up to 4 children)
Suggested duration: 45 minutes
Distance by car: 20 minutes from Possagno, 30 minutes from Castelfranco, 15 minutes from Asolo, 20 minutes from Fanzolo.

Gypsotheca and Antonio Canova Museum

Although he was born in Possagno, the unquestioned representative of Italian neoclassical sculpture, Antonio Canova (b. 1757- d. 1822), spent most of his life in Rome, where he settled down in 1781. His marble statues are now on display in some of the world’s most prestigious museum of sculpture. An incredible parade of his complete collection of works is visible in Possagno in the house where he was born, where you can linger in front of his canvases and temperas, drawings and portraits as well as testimonies of his work. A Gallery of Plasters was set up in 1836 by will of his brother Giambattista Sartori Canova and displays a comprehensive collection of original plaster models of his statues including funerary monuments, sculpted ensembles, bas-reliefs, and terracotta miniature models. The Three Graces, Cupid and Psyche, Naiad, and The Dancers are all displayed in the section designed by the Venetian Architect Carlo Scarpa. Take a walk along the tree-flanked avenue which starts from the centre of Possagno and leads to the worldwide known Temple designed and built by Canova himself and consecrated in 1832 as the parish church of Possagno, where the artist was buried after his death.
The Altarpiece of the Temple depicts the Trinity (Deposition of Christ) as the ultimate tribute to his everlasting genius.

Visiting hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 am – 6.00 pm
Closed: 1st of January, Easter, Christmas
Prices: full price 10,00€, reduced 6,00€, family 22,00€ (2 adults+children)
Suggested duration: 60 minutes
Distance by car: 20 minutes from Possagno, 30 minutes from Castelfranco, 15 minutes from Asolo, 20 minutes from Fanzolo.