La Barchessa di Villa Pisani
What We Love
- A unique Italy stay in a former farmhouse within the grounds of the UNESCO-listed Villa PisaniStaying in the enchanting province of Vicenza, North Italy's hidden gem
- Tours of the 144-room Villa Pisani, Andrea Palladio’s revered masterpiece
- Taking cookery classes in the signature restaurant, Osteria del Guà
- Rooms that stand out for their original features and contemporary artworks
What To Know
- A great base for day trips to Padua, Abano Terme, and Verona
- The hotel is pet-friendly
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are available
For those who fancy a romp around Italy’s spellbinding Vicenza province, it doesn’t get chicer than this impeccably restored former farmhouse just 10 minutes from the town of Lonigo. The setting is absurdly beautiful: in the park of Villa Pisani – the UNESCO-listed masterpiece built for the noble Pisani family by revered architect Andrea Palladio in the 1500s.
There are just 15 uniquely styled guest rooms, all of which come with original features and specially commissioned artwork. Elsewhere, you’ll find an attractive outdoor pool, a modern gym, stroll-worthy gardens, and a Cleto Munari-designed bar for anytime cocktails and Italian and international wines. Also worthy of your attention is the signature restaurant where award-winning Chef Vincenzo Di Grande serves up delicious gourmet cuisine – and even offers cookery lessons in his kitchen.
Built between 1544 and 1545, Villa Pisani is one of Andrea Palladio’s finest works. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 (along with the City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto), its 144 rooms house a huge amount of 18th- and 19th-century artworks – most famously Gianbattista Tiepolo’s The Apotheosis of the Pisani Family. The enchanting gardens feature a valuable citrus fruit collection, flower-filled greenhouses, and a famous maze.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at La Barchessa for 2 nights in September (on a Secret Escapes deal) as part of a 2-week tour around the Veneto region. I knew the hotel was going to be fabulous(after reading TA reviews) and I certainly was not disappointed ! From the very moment we arrived, we felt welcomed and valued. We had a welcome drink and a small tour of the facilities. Everything at La Barchessa has been so carefully designed or chosen...it's beautiful. Modern mixed with antique which works incredibly well. ( and I loved the Molton Brown products in the bathroom.)
Our room was on the second floor overlooking the grounds and was stunning with a 4 poster and high, high rafters. The bed was so comfy, my husband and I had the best night's sleep we have had in years! Really !...we didn't wake up until 10m! Thank goodness the breakfast was until 11...it really is something I wouldn't want to miss! A real feast!
Our other meals at La Barchessa, a lunch and 2 evening meals were also superb ! I can not heap enough praise on the Chef. The petit fours were so beautifully presented, I had tears in my eyes !!...sad I know!
We had a look around the villa itself which is a masterpiece, literally, designed by Palladio. We also used the lovely outdoor pool and were the only ones there.
To stay at La Barchessa is such a treat. We didn't have a car which I regret, as, to be honest, you do need one if you want to explore nearby towns. Next time we will.
I will, without a doubt, return to La Barchessa. I can not praise all the staff highly enough, reception being so helpful, before and during our stay, the maitre'd and his team being courteous and attentive.
The renovation of La Barchessa is a triumph that I feel sure Palladio himself would approve of! Don't hesitate, book your stay, you will not regret it.
As a fan of Palladio's architecture I visited Villa Pisani four years ago before the barchessa was transformed into a small hotel and was thrilled to stay here. Our room (number 14) was very spacious and more like a suite, every comfort was provided including a complimentary bottle of wine and water.. We stayed on Sunday and Monday and unfortunately their Osteria is closed on both these evenings so we had to go to restaurants in the local towns. Staff are lovely. The pool area is quite basic but clean and nicely equipped.. Excellent value for money, would highly recommend a stay at this tranquil location in beautiful countryside.
We stayed for three nights and had a fantastic time. If you like Palladio you must stay here! Lovely staff, lovely rooms, great food. The Osteria food is a bit tricksy but done well, and the staff will recommend truly excellent local restaurants as well. We will be back
Want to stay in an actual Palladian building? This is a 5 star hotel at 3 1/2 star price! Our room was gorgeous and quiet--staff was attentive and friendly-- the property is beautiful and imaginatively furnished. Beautiful renovated. We really enjoyed hanging out in the spacious lobby areas in the evening drinking wine from the bar. Your stay includes free admission to the Villa itself--don't miss it if you are interested in architecture.
Our only complaint: the hotel restaurant was inexplicably closed the night we arrived, & there isn't much in the area. If we had known, we would had eaten in Vicenza before we arrived.
On our trips we try to find those special places that takes you away from the crowded in-town locations. This beautifully restored old villa and its barchessa is such a wonderful example of a luxury retreat tucked away in a little village away from the busy city centers of Vicenza and Verona. Its design, the quality of the restoration done (no expenses spared as it shows), the interior design, the rooms and the contemporary art (both inside and outside) gives you that special feeling to be in special place. Staff is very helpful and a special word of appreciation to Francesca who made our visit special. We do recommend to dine in the osteria at least once.. Wonderful food and special people.