Museums’ Island

Museums’ Island

On the hills of the Grappa Mount, within a few kilometers, visitors can admire a millennium of artistic, architectonic and historical evolution. Asolo, Possagno, Fanzolo di Vedelago, Castelfranco Veneto and Maser 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.
Isola dei Musei was born with the aim of promoting and connecting five fascinating museums in the province of Treviso: by purchasing a FULL-PRICE TICKET for one of the five Museums illustrated below, an “Isola dei Musei” card is activated. The card entitles the visitor to REDUCED-PRICE TICKETS for all the other four.

Museo Civico di Asolo

The Museo Civico di Asolo, situated inside the Palazzo della Ragione of Asolo, comprises a rich archaeological section, an invaluable pinacotheca with works by Luca Giordano, Bernardo Bellotto, Antonio Canova, a section dedicated to the Cathedral Treasure and three rooms dedicated to three amazing women: Queen Catherine Cornaro, Eleonora Duse, the Divina of the international theater, and Freya Starck, British traveler and writer.

Museo Casa Giorgione

City of art and culture, Castelfranco Veneto is the birthplace of Giorgione (1478-1510), one of the greatest artists of all times, who left there two exceptional masterpieces, well-known and appreciated all around the world: the Altarpiece, located in the Costanzo Chapel of the 18th-century Cathedral dedicated to Saint Liberalis, and the Frieze, a cycle of frescoes in the noble hall of the antique Barbarella house. In 2009, the latter has become the Museo Casa Giorgione, a museum with a suggestive exhibition that accompanies the visitor on a journey to understand and unveil not only the enigmatic character of the painter, but also the culture of past times. The museum, in fact, illustrates the two works of art by showing many valuable artifacts and using advanced multimedia technologies.

Villa Emo

Villa Emo was commissioned by Leonardo Emo and built between 1557 and 1560. It is considered one of the most beautiful Palladian villas, because it reunites the main building, the barchesse and the dovecote towers in a linear unity, by giving birth to an innovative architectural synthesis.
The structure of the complex is essential, majestically simple and based on precise symmetries and mathematical proportions. The elegant and linear choices applied to the exterior design of the buildings are juxtaposed to an abundant internal decoration realized by Giovanni Battista
Zelotti, who gave birth to an extraordinary world of mythological characters and evoking episodes.

The relation between architecture and the environment was skillfully managed by the architect, who placed the villa inside an area marked by the Roman centuriation. The accurate points of reference are the Via Postumia, marking the South, and the Asolo Hills, marking the North and providing the perfect background for Palladio’s great perspectives.

In 1996, Villa Emo was declared World heritage site by UNESCO.

Villa di Maser

Masterpiece of Andrea Palladio, Paolo Veronese and Alessandro Vittoria, the Villa di Maser, also known as Villa Barbaro, is a monument that was declared World heritage site by UNESCO and one of the most beautiful proofs of the Venetian culture of the XVI century.

The villa, commissioned by Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro, Venetian noblemen of the time, is surrounded by historic vineyards and still respects the original Palladian idea of erecting a building in the middle of a flourishing estate. Villa Barbaro marks a fundamental moment in the history of architecture, since Palladio linked for the first time ever the main house to the barchesse in a consistent and systematic way. The decoration of the main floor was assigned to Paolo Veronese, who celebrated universal harmony by combining fake architectural elements and symbolic references, and Alessandro Vittoria, who created the statues and the stucco reliefs of the entire building. In 1580, when the construction works were concluded, Palladio erected the Tempietto (“the small temple”) that represents his artistic will.

Beside visiting the Palladian complex and tasting the exceptional wines celebrated all around the world, visitors can admire a collection of carriages situated inside a charming house in the countryside.

Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, the most famous Neoclassical sculptor and the author of many masterpieces that can now be admired in important international collections, was born in the small village of Possagno. The artistic heritage of the sculptor is entirely guarded inside the Canovian complex that comprises his Birthplace, where his paintings are kept, and the Gypsotheca.

The Gypsotheca was built in 1834 approximately to satisfy a desire of Canova’s stepbrother, Giambattista Sartori Canova, and was enlarged in 1957 by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa. It hosts all the plaster cast original models of his works of art, funeral monuments, groups, low reliefs and terracotta models.

Starting from the center of the village, a road leads to the Temple that was designed by the artist and consecrated in 1832. It is the parish church of Possagno and the place where the artist is buried. The main altarpiece portrays the Deposition of Christ and represents the last proof of the artist’s talent.