Villa di Maser (Villa Barbaro) is not just one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces, the architect who revolutionized our way of perceiving architecture in the 16th Century, it is a working house, whose current owners still run the thriving farm, and whose wines are exported throughout the world.
In the surrounding area the fascinating tour of the Museum's Island.
Visiting the villa is discovering the beauty of the frescoes by Paolo Veronese, the Ancient Winery, the Tempietto by Palladio, or the Carriage Collection.
For walking enthusiasts, there are waymarked footpaths through the hills behind the villa which lead to trenches, observation points and tunnels built during the Great War to defend positions along the Piave river.
The surrounding area provides numerous opportunities for spending enjoyable days. The medieval hilltop town of Asolo, site of the 16th Century court of Queen Cornaro, Possagno with its temple and the remarkable Gipsoteca with its collection of original works by Antonio Canova, the neoclassical sculptor, where visitors can admire the progression of his works from initial samples in terracotta, to plaster models and finally the definitive statue in marble. Villa Emo at Fanzolo di Vedelago is also one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces, with frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti. Also worth visiting is the nearby town of Castelfranco, with its walled centre and lively atmosphere.
If you wish to discover the great wine tradition that is the mainstay of the region, we would recommend the wine tour Strada del Vino del Montello e Colli Asolani (The Montello and Asolo hills Wine Road).
For sport enthusiasts Asolo Golf Club has 27 holes to keep you entertained in the nearby Val Cavasia. For cyclists the Montello hill offers first rate mountainbiking, as do the Colli Asolani, which is the string of hills stretching east from the village of Asolo. If paragliding appeals, Monte Grappa is one of the premier sites in Europe.