The Family

From the origins to Giustino Valmarana

The Valmarana family can be traced back at least to the Middle Ages. The first written source dates back to 1174 and tells that a member of the familiy is an archdeacon of the Carthedral of Vicenza. In 1260 a member called Bonazonta is considered “homo molto amato dal popolo” (“a man much loved by the people”), while another one called Bugarando is mentioned as one of the most powerful enemies of the tyrant Ezzelino da Romano. Around 1300 the family splits in three branches: Villa Valmarana ai Nani was purchased by the San Faustino branch, to which it still belongs nowadays.
Andrea Palladio, the renowned Italian architect, did a lot of works for the Valamaranas. Around 1561, thanks to their support, he got the contract for the reconstruction of the Basilica located in Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza. 5 years later, in 1566, Leonardo Valmarana appointed him to design the palace in Corso Fogazzaro. Palladio also designed the small, yet magnificent Cappella Valmarana situated in the crypt of the Santa Corona church. The Loggia Valamarana inside the garden of Porta Castello, instead, is only attributed to the great architect (although the autorship is not certain).

From the 19th century to the present

Giustino's descendants were politicians and literary men who displayed humanitarian and social commitment, administrative competence, refinement and open-mindedness.

Gaetano Valmarana (1803 - 1874) has been podestà (ancient Italian term for chief of city council), member of the parliament, director of nursery schools.

Giustino Valmarana (1849 - 1873) during his short life has been city councillor and member of the school superintendence.

His son Angelo Valmarana (1874 - 1915) has been province councillor, city councillor of Vicenza and then mayor of the city: the messages of condolence for his untimely death filled up a whole book.

In modern times Tommaso Valmarana (1909 - 1991), owner of the Palazzina, was a notary, a socially-committed man and a sports backer. He has founded the Association of the Blood Donors and has been president of many clubs and associations: UNITALSI (the catholic association for the transport of sick people to international shrines), Vicenza Football Club, Vicenza Tennis Club and the Vicenza branch of CAI (Italian Alpine Club).

Another Giustino Valmarana (1898 -1977), owner of the Foresteria, has been senator from 1946 to 1963, undersecretary of State, undersecretary at the Ministry of Treasury, member of the European parliament. Moreover he prevented, together with minister Bottai, the fascist government from detaching the frescoes of the Villa and sending them to the Italian embassy in Paris (as Mussolini wanted to do).

His son Paolo Valmarana (1928 - 1984), film critic and essayist, has been an executive in the Italian Television (RAI), working in management, production and broadcasting departments.