VILLAS PALLADIANE AND ANTONIO CANOVA Andrea Palladio (1508 - 1580) was an Italian architect of the Renaissance in the Republic of Venice. Palladio, influenced by Greco-Roman architecture, is considered the most influential figure in the history of Western architecture. All of its buildings are located in northern Italy; one of the most important is located a few minutes from Asolo. Tourists come from all over the world to visit these architectural masterpieces of the Unesco heritage: Villa Barbaro in Maser and Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago. Traveling just an hour away, you can visit Villa Valmarana al Nani, Villa La Rotonda and Vicenza's Olympic Theater. Possagno, birthplace of the legendary sculptor Antonio Canova, is located just 8 km from Asolo and is famous for the Temple designed and built by the sculptor which is the current Cathedral of the town; we suggest visiting the Gipsoteca, built in 1836, which collects almost all the original models of his sculptures. In the immediate vicinity it is possible to visit the Brion tomb of the architect Carlo Scarpa.