The Villa was inspired by the ancient buildings of Rome, the public baths in particular. It reflected their grandeur and was a strong symbol of the Venetian influence and power on the mainland at the time. In the atrium, there is a cross-shaped room and a barrel vault frescoed with mythological scenes. The cross vault, raised on half-pilasters reminiscent of Sangallo, is decorated with 16th century grotesques. The Large Kitchen, the name referring to its use in the 18th Century, was moved from the semi-basement to the current location on an upper floor because of flooding from the river Guà (or Troublesome River according to legend). The rustic fireplace and the wood furnishings bear the branded initials of the owners, VPZ, which stands for Vettore Pisano Zusto. Of historical interest is the extraordinary “sink” designed and sculpted by Palladio himself. Above the cupboard, there is large painting from the workshop of Carpioni representing the Sacrifice of Iphigenia. More recently in this room, Britain’s Queen Mother dined during a private visit to the Venetian Villas in 1987. Inside the large room where the majestic chimney is located, it is possible to hold private events. It is a perfect place to travel back into ages past.