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THE VILLAS

When in the XV century, the Venetians started the conquest of the mainland, they couldn’t forget the Polesine, rich land situated between the important communication roads of the peninsula, The Po and Adige rivers, as well as the various channels and the internal water courses used by nobles to reach their agricultural properties.

Along these rivers rose the great residences that decorate like jewels, the Polesine and Venetian country.
Precisely to Fratta Polesine came the genial Andrea Palladio, in full creative maturity, who designed the marvellous Badoer Villa. Many of his students and supporters, commissioned by the nobles, designed hundreds of other residences not only in Fratta but also in Lendinara, Polesella, Canda, Crespino, and in many other small towns whose names often recall the dynasties of the Venetian patricians.
The Polesine Villas, partially hidden by the banks of the hanging rivers, rise among the foliage of the willows and poppies with their elegant verandas, staircases, airy windows, very different from the Este residences in that the important families of Bologna and Ferrara, had built in the Transpadania Ferrara area, along the Po river.
Unlike the Venetian Villas, the Emilian ones have more powerful main bodies with great towers that make them similar to castles like the symbolic case of Pepoli Villa in Trecenta, called the ‘Palazzon’.
The Polesine villas are many and all of them are fascinating, offering to the romantic tourist and to those interested in art and culture, or to the curious visitor, unique emotions, imagining a crinoline-clad past, the parties in the garden and the coach journeys, the harsh battles and power disputes. A past made visible by the residences, by the historical buildings and villas to be admired while travelling through the territory, along one of the many possible itineraries.

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