The castle of Thiene (VI) is a monumental complex situated in the heart of the city of Thiene in Veneto which is known for the quality and quantity of historical, architectural, artistic and landscape elements that are preserved there. It is the most conspicuous Gothic building of the fifteenth century built as a civil residence in the Vicenza area. An extraordinary example of a pre-Palladian villa, a cornerstone in the evolution of Venetian villas, it associates the characteristics of the castle with those of the Venetian palace and in particular of the “warehouse-house”: home and stock / place of business.
A peculiarity of the castle is that the rooms are still perfectly furnished and present an extensive collection of portraits from various eras; of great importance is the cycle of frescoes by G. Battista Zelotti and G. Antonio Fasolo, the two most important pupils of Paolo Veronese, with scenes from Roman history narrated by Tito Livio.
There are also 12,000 square meters of greenery: in front of the Villa there is the large noble courtyard with barchesse and centuries-old magnolias; on the back, the large park with cedar, icebox, canal and Renaissance cave. The property is aware of its historical-artistic importance and therefore its being a source of public interest: it has opened its doors to visitors, starting from the 1960s for guided tours and subsequently conferences, concerts, private events and exhibitions.