Villa Baglioni is a gorgeous example of Venetian Villa, frescoed by the artist Gianbattista Tiepolo. The body of the building, restored in 1970s, is now the City Hall of Massanzago
As playwright Carlo Goldoni said, the Baglioni family owned a delightful country property called Massanzago: “Fursi un logo no gh’è più ameno e vago” (Perhaps there is no place more agreeable or appealing...). This Villa gets its name from the family of Bergamo origins who chose this place for their summer residence.
The house could well be the one built by Antonio Lombardo in 1663. On Antonio’s death, the complex was inherited by his brother Alvise, who completed it. The Baglionis gave the house solemn, imposing palazzo aspect, confirming the family’s farming vocation.
Inside, decoration of the piano nobile was commissioned to a very young Gianbattista Tiepolo, as the first artistic endeavour for the 18th century’s greatest painter. He depicted the myth of Phaethon in an explosion of the new Venetian language of art that would dominate until Neoclassicism. Later, in the mid-18th century, Antonio Zucchi decorated the ceilings on the ground floor: 7 frescoed rounds and a series in stucco.
In compliance with established time slots (from Monday to Saturday, 9:00-12:00am and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, 2:00-6:00pm; closed on Sundays and holidays), the tours inside and outside the Villa are free for residents, in order to promote the artistic, historical, cultural and monumental value of the Villa, also City Hall of Massanzago.
Free admission is also for:
visitors under 10 years old
visitors over 65 years old
groups of students (all ages) during school trips, both Italian and from abroad
University students, both Italian and foreign, for research purposes
Tourist guides regularly authorised to practice
All other cases are meant to be treated as follows: single visitor €5,00 per person – groups (minimum 5 people) €3,00 per person