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The lands of Canova. Routes that intertwine history, culture, and nature giving life to wonderful itineraries.

The region

The Gypsotheca and Museo Antonio Canova is located in Veneto, precisely in Possagno, a small village in the province of Treviso, at the foot of Monte Grappa. The area surrounding the Gypsotheca is rich in interesting cultural and natural attractions, from Asolo and Bassano del Grappa to the Villas of Palladio and the Biosphere Reserve of Monte Grappa, to mention but a few. It is also a region with a great history that visitors can discover in the places where the First World War was fought: the Military Memorial of Monte Grappa, the Vittorio Emanuele III Gallery and the trenches scattered around the whole Massif, as well as the many monuments on the hills around the mountain that can also be admired by taking one of the numerous hiking trails. Sport lovers will have an unforgettable experience paragliding or hand-gliding over the Grappa Massif. Innumerable enthusiasts come from all parts of Europe and beyond to fly over this beautiful and unique landscape.

The Canovian Temple of Possagno

The Canovian Temple of Possagno stands tall to the north of the town of Possagno with its snow-white mass standing out against a green background. In the imposing neoclassical construction, three architectural components stand out: the Doric colonnade (a double row of eight columns reminiscent of the Parthenon in Athens); the central body of cylindrical shape similar to the Roman Pantheon; and the apse in an elevated position as in ancient Christian basilicas.
The temple was designed by Canova between 1804 and 1818. On July 11, 1919, there was the laying of the foundation stone, amid great festivities in the village and the participation of Canova and other dignitaries. The expenses of the temple were carried out almost entirely by the Sculptor and the entire Possagno community partecipate at the construction works(providing some materials and volunteer labor). Canova died on October 13, 1822, thus with work just beginning, but in his will he entrusted his half-brother Giovanni Battista Sartori with the task of completing the Temple, which he considered of fundamental importance. On May 7, 1832, the Temple, Possagno’s parish church, was solemnly consecrated to the Holy Trinity.

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Suggested itineraries: Isola dei Musei

The perfect itinerary to discover five extraordinary places: Museo Canova, Villa Maser, Villa Emo, Museo Civico di Asolo, and Museo Casa Giorgione. Within a few kilometers, visitors can admire a millennium of artistic, architectonic and historical evolution. Possagno, Maser, Fanzolo di Vedelago, Asolo, and Castelfranco Veneto are five extraordinary places with an inestimable artistic heritage. The area in which they are located is full of interesting historical attractions that are proof of the most important moments of the Venetian art. By purchasing a full-price ticket for one of the five Museums, an “Isola dei Musei” card is activated. The card entitles the visitor to reduced-price tickets for all the other four.

Canova between Possagno and Bassano

The Museo Canova and the Musei Civici of Bassano del Grappa are only a few kilometers apart and are bound by an agreement that basically make them a single Canovian complex, the most important of its kind in the world. One of the main exhibition rooms of the Musei Civici in Bassano del Grappa is the one dedicated to Antonio Canova, where visitors can admire the artworks donated to the city by Bishop Giambattista Sartori Canova, the artist’s brother. The heritage of the Museum also includes ten big albums and eight smaller sketchbooks for a total amount of 1890 sheets of extraordinary artistic value. By showing the entrance ticket for the Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova when entering the Musei Civici of Bassano, visitors are entitled to a reduced-price ticket and vice versa.

Canovian collection at the Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza

The architecture of Carlo Scarpa. Canova Museum and Brion Cemetery.

Carlo Scarpa worked in Possagno between 1955 and 1957, taking care of the enlargement of the Gypsotheca and the rearrangement of the Museum. The Wing that takes his name is recognized as one of his most relevant projects. Visitors who want to discover other architectural projects by Carlo Scarpa in the area will only need to travel 15 km away from Possagno to reach Altivole, where the famous Brion Cemetery is located. The private burial ground, designed by the Venetian architect, was commissioned by Onorina Tomasin Brion to honor the memory of her deceased and beloved husband, Giuseppe Brion.

Brion Cemetery
Altivole, Treviso

 

Native Lands. Tiziano, Canova e Giorgione.

An itinerary to discover the lands where the greatest artists of the Veneto region were born. Museo Canova, Museo Casa Giorgione and Museo Casa Tiziano offer the chance to deepen the knowledge of the artists’ native lands, namely Possagno, Castelfranco Veneto and the Magnificent Community of Cadore respectively. This itinerary intertwines culture and history giving life to a unique and impressive experience.