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FROM THE CASTLE TO THE VILLA: THE BIRTH OF OF THE VENETIANS VILLAS CIVILIZATION Special tours to discover the Castle of Thiene and its most secret places Thiene Castle is an outstanding unique example of pre-Palladian villas, the only one of its kind, the benchmark in the evolution of the Venetian villas. On the occasion of the Expo 2015, we organize special tours related to the theme of the water use in the villa which leads to discover the secret parts of the castle and its park. All the rooms are still fully furnished and have an extensive collection of family portraits; of great importance is the cycle of frescoes by G. Battista Zelotti and G. Antonio Fasolo, the two most important pupils of Paolo Veronese. In the 'private' rooms clothes, accessories and everyday objects.  A fascinating and inusual collection of equestrian portraits and beautiful stables built at the beginning of the XVIII cent., designed by the Arch. Francesco Muttoni. On the front of the main facade beautiful magnolia's garden surrounded by barns. On the backyard the large park with cedraia, canal and elliptical XVI cent. grotto. 
It is possible to experience life in the Castle by staying overnight  in this exclusve historical structure that still belongs to the family. For those who has the Expo ticket and want to overnight in the Castle, the visit is free.


INFORMATIONS OPERATIONNELLES SUPPLEMENTAIRES
By reservation from May 1st  to June 30th 2015

TICKETS - including guide
Individual tickets: € 10,00
Groups: € 8,00 (if more than 20 people)
School classes & Youngs (12-18 years) € 6,00 
University students: € 8,00
Family pack 1 (parents + child 12-18 years) € 25
Family pack 2 (parents +2 children 12-18 years) € 28
Free access to children under 12
  • Corso Garibaldi 2
    Thiene (VI)

CASTELLO DI THIENE


Thiene Castle is considered the most notable 15th-century, Gothic building raised in the Vicenza area for civil use. It is an extraordinary example of a pre-Palladio villa, the only one of its kind and a benchmark in the evolution of the Veneto villa. Art and furniture have been preserved over the centuries. It is located in the heart of the old city of Thiene, between the cities of Vicenza (20 km), Padua (60 km), Verona (75 km), Venice (80km). 
Contacts des entreprises
Corso Garibaldi 2
36016 - Thiene (VI)
+393298541962 www.castellodithiene.com
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The Castle associates the characteristics of a castle with those of a Venetian palazzo and in particular the casa-fondaco: residence and warehouse/trading depot. It is now known as a Castle - possibly because of the Ghibelline crenellation or because it was built on the site of the medieval castrum - but in the first documents it is indicated as a palazzo. The term ‘villa’ is certainly appropriate in that it is the main element of a farming estate and also a prelude to Palladio’s villas. It dominates the grand ‘courtyard’ - boundary wall along the public road with large doorways shaped like crenellated towers - and was built with service buildings including a fattoria (residence of the gastaldo or steward), a colombara (dovecote), glasshouses and barchesse (colonnaded barns) with porticoes facing the courtyard.The stables are the most singular and lavish space in the whole monumental complex. It was built for Scipione Porto between the end of the 17th century and the start of the 18th to a design by Francesco Muttoni (Lugano, 1668-Venice, 1747). 
Access to the adjacent areas of land such as the vegetable garden and orchard - which were always part of the property but separated by public roads - was through subways built in the 16th century. Only the one that led to the noble chapel is still accessible. It contains the ice house, a large cistern with a brick vault that was filled with ice and snow to allow the conservation of foods, also in summer, in the adjacent cells.
The Castle, which it is the symbol of Thiene, is a private residence of the Counts Thiene who live there and who passionately preserve and exhibit the vast complex through important cultural events and tours in the designated areas. 
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