Villa Caldogno

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Villa Caldogno
VillaCaldognoNordera 2007 07 17 04.jpg
Villa Caldogno Nordera
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Caldogno, Italy Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 45°36′26″N 11°30′24″E / 45.6072°N 11.5067°E / 45.6072; 11.5067
Criteria Cultural: (i), (ii) Edit this on Wikidata
Reference 712-006
Inscription 1996 (20th Session)
Villa Caldogno is located in Italy
Villa Caldogno
Location of Villa Caldogno

Villa Caldogno (also known as Caldogno Nordera) is a villa in the Veneto region of Italy, which is attributed to Andrea Palladio. It was built for the aristocratic Caldogno family on their estate in the village of Caldogno near Vicenza.


A Latin inscription on the facade (Angelus Calidonius Luschi Filius MDLXX) dates the completion of the building to 1570 when it belonged to Angelo Caldogno. However, Angelo's father, Losco Caldogno, appears to have started to build in the 1540s, probably incorporating walls from a pre-existing building. 1570 is possibly the date of the completion of the villa's decorative scheme.

The villa is not included in I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura, Palladio's treatise of 1570, in which the architect discussed a number of his creations. However, it is similar to certain villas, such as the Villa Saraceno, that Palladio is known to have created in the 1540s and 1550s.

Villa Zeno: the attribution of Villa Caldogno to Palladio rests on similarities to buildings such as Villa Zeno

Decorative scheme[edit]

The villa has frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo (1530-1572), who decorated Palladio's Teatro Olimpico, and Giovanni Battista Zelotti (1526-1578), who decorated a number of villas designed by Palladio. The frescoes at Villa Caldogno Nordera have been compared to Zelotti's work at Villa Foscari.

"The little Concert": fresco in the salon by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo

Conservation status[edit]

In 1996 UNESCO included the Villa Caldogno Nordera in the World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto". The villa is in municipal ownership and is open to the public.


On-line reference

(in English) (in Italian) Centro Internazionali di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio sets the architecture of the Villa in context.