Lonedo di Lugo, Province of Vicenza, Italy
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Villa Piovene is a Palladian villa built in Lonedo di Lugo, province of Vicenza, northern Italy. The building was commissioned in the 16th century for the aristocratic Venetian Piovene family, their architect believed to have been Andrea Palladio. It's part of the World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto" since 1996.
Villa Piovene was built around 1539-40 in competition to and within the immediate vicinity of Villa Godi, which rises only a few hundred metres. Rivalries have been proven to exist between the Piovene and Godi noble families.
Today, the villa is seen against a picturesque backdrop of a garden, which was laid out in the 19th century, situated in the plain of the Astico River. In 1996 UNESCO included the building within the World Heritage Site "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".
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