Villa Zeno

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Villa Zeno
VillaZeno 2007 07 12 2.jpg
General information
Architectural style Palladian
Town or city Cessalto
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°42′01″N 12°38′35″E / 45.70028°N 12.64306°E / 45.70028; 12.64306Coordinates: 45°42′01″N 12°38′35″E / 45.70028°N 12.64306°E / 45.70028; 12.64306
Construction started 1550s
Completed modified over the centuries
Client Marco Zeno
Design and construction
Architect Andrea Palladio
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Part of City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
Criteria Cultural: (i), (ii)
Reference 712bis-020
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)
Extensions 1996
Area 7.71 ha (19.1 acres)

Villa Zeno is a patrician villa at Cessalto, Veneto, northern Italy, and is the most easterly villa designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The building is near the highway between Venice and Trieste, but was built to face a canal which served as the primary means of arrival.


Palladio's building for the Zeno family has been dated to the 1550s. It is illustrated in I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura, the architect's influential publication of 1570, and has similarities to some of the other villas described there such as the Villa Saraceno. It is also reminiscent of Villa Caldogno Nordera, which is attributed to Palladio, but is not included in I Quattro Libri.

Rear view of the villa.

Palladio appears to have incorporated an existing building, and his villa has had several modifications. Its Palladian features include a facade characterised by a triple-arched loggia. The roof is capped with period clay tiles, and the structure is of brick covered with stucco, typical of Palladio who was able to achieve great buildings with what are commonly regarded as inferior materials.


In 1996 it was designated by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto". The villa is in need of restoration.

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