I terrazzi alla Veneziana: le origini
Born to solve a problem, to be able to follow the movements of the Venetian palaces, we find the Veneziana floor in some of the most beautiful Venetian architectures.
An example is the wonderful floor of the Sala del Gran Consiglio of Palazzo Ducale, whose dimensions - impressive for the time - were covered with a single floor, without splitting joints.
Another example is the floor of Villa Capra called la Rotonda in Vicenza, the best known of the villas designed by Andrea Palladio.
The Venetian floors of Ca 'Rezzonico are marvelous, here too two huge halls have been completely paved with a layer of hand-glazed Veneziana, the oldest one on the first floor while the one on the second floor dates back to 1700.
The Modern Veneziana
If manual dexterity and artistic taste are still necessary even today, the realization of a Venetian terrazzo floor takes place using different materials and techniques compared to distant ancestors. Today lime has been replaced by cement, a binder that allows far shorter processing times, even if it does not allow the elasticity that made this floor famous.
In addition, polishing is no longer a long and tiring process to be done by hand, but takes place thanks to 4-head sander that allows you to polish the floor of a house in a few hours.
Of course, the styles and aesthetics also change: the decorations of the end of the eighteenth century are no longer fashionable and the rich carpets and inlays have given way to more homogeneous and uniform plain colors. It must be said that decoration methods exist also for modern Veneziane, an example for all is that of the Olivetti shop in Venice with the Veneziana designed by Scarpa.
Il costo del pavimento alla Veneziana
The question we receive most frequently is to know the price of the Veneziana. It must be said that it is one of the most expensive floors, for the use of manual skills necessary, for the long processing times, for the need to protect it with a treatment ...
In short, it is a long and complex job and for this reason the cost exceeds 100 euros per square meter.
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Il costo di un pavimento alla veneziana