Year of Palladio

Civic Architecture

Though certainly best known for his villas, Palladio was also an accomplished architect of civic buildings. Palladio’s urban work is vast and diverse, including sacred buildings, public buildings, and private palaces (palazzi) constructed for wealthy patrons. To learn more about these key elements in Palladio’s oeuvre, view the selected list of Palladioís civic architecture.


Palladio’s villas are his best-known buildings. Situated in the Veneto region, these regal homes were constructed for wealthy patrons who recognized Palladio’s architectural talent and were looking to acquire a sumptuous building to which they could escape during the summer months or, in many cases, which they could use as a practical working farm. To learn more about Palladio’s villas, view the selected list.