Florence, Italy – The White House is of definite Palladian style thanks to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States of America. Architect and politician, Jefferson considered the writings of Palladio (the great Italian Renaissance architect) "his Bible”. When in 1792 a competition was held to design the President's residence in Washington, Jefferson participates but doesn't win. A few years later Jefferson, who is now President of the United States of America, will modify the White House building, giving it a true Palladian mark, including the portico with colonnade and wings to the side.
Not only American architecture owes much to Palladio, but also Italy and particularly Veneto where the many villas designed by the great Renaissance architect have been declared World Heritage Sites. The Palladian style inspired the architecture of the most important historical Venetian residences for centuries.
Today some of the most beautiful Palladian villas are for sale in Veneto. It's the case of the sixteenth-century Palladian style villa (http://www.lionard.com/exclusive-homes-and-real-estate-luxury-italian-properties.html) with a four column porch, accessible by two spectacular ramps parallel to the facade. The villa, featuring 1,100 square meters of internal floor surface is in perfect condition. Other annexes complete the property for a total of 2,500 square meters of interior, including a 430 square meter barn. It was Palladio himself that gave architectural dignity to the barns, which until then were simple workplaces, and also connecting them to the main house, giving the whole building greater symmetry and monumental stature.
Another magnificent neoclassical Palladian villa near Vicenza, built in 1764, on a previous sixteenth-century building, is for sale. The imposing facade of white marble, has a wide central stone staircase, flanked by statues, leading to the porch, punctuated by four ionic columns, surmounted by an entablature and a pediment on which stand three statues of Greek gods of the Olympus. The spectacular facade equals the magnificence of the interior of the villa, richly decorated and painted, which covers 1,700 square meters. Also in this case the property is completed by some annexes, including a 2,500 square meter barn.
"These villas are part of the Italian heritage and, as Dimitri Corti, founder of Lionard says, these properties have been in the same families for generations. However in recent years, high maintenance and taxes have induced the owners to consider the opportunity to sell. A tax reduction, Corti continues, would decisively reignite the internal market. Today only foreigners are buying Italian historic estates."
Still in the province of Vicenza, a beautiful villa of Palladian inspiration, attributed to the architect Antonio Pizzocaro, is for sale (http://www.lionard.com/luxury-villa-vicenza.html). Built in the second half of the seventeenth century, surrounded by a historic park, part of a plot of over 90,000 square meters, the villa still preserves a spectacular barn, consisting of an elegant colonnade which closes the back of the villa on three sides. At the front of the villa, an Italian garden with fishpond, decorated with statues of biblical and mythological theme.
Building once destined for rural service (Barchessa), from which it takes its name, this villa for sale near Padoa, was built between the end of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. After a period of neglect, the villa was purchased by the current owners who have recently renovated it (http://www.lionard.com/italian-real-estate-historic-villas.html), preserving the original architectural features such as rusticated arcades and high round arches. The villa has 1,400 square meters and a seven-hectare park.
This is a monumental Palladian style villa for sale in Belluno with over 50 rooms tastefully decorated, for a total of 3,960 square meters of internal surface (http://www.lionard.com/luxury-villa-for-sale-veneto.html). Built in the early seventeenth century, on the ruins of an ancient castle, it was the residence of “The Accademia degli Erranti” that occupied its halls and park-garden discussing art, philosophy and literature. On the facade there is an imposing double staircase which was added in the eighteenth century and the original motif of the side balconies.
Also the villa, built between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, near Vicenza features a barn (http://www.lionard.com/elegant-period-villa-for-sale-in-vicenza.html). The facade is characterized, as in many Venetian villas, punctuated by a portico with four columns surmounted by a gable and a triangular pediment and four pyramidal chimneys on the roof.