The Foresteria was originally a “barchessa”, i.e. a rural bulding serving the Villa. In 1669, when Giustino Valmarana bought the complex, it was transformed into the Guest-house for the family friends. At the time, the entrance's 7 arches opened on an ample porch, on which faced the rooms. The arches were then closed and substituted by rectangular windows that give life to a large internal hall.The architect was Francesco Muttoni (1669-1747), an important scholar of Palladio. These buildings allowed him to propose a new language that reinterpreted – according to the taste of the time and after the baroque experience, Palladian solutions.
From the Foresteria's windows one can enjoy the extraordinary view on the Valletta del Silenzio, still intact
from the time when the writer Antonio Fogazzaro - married to Rita Valmarana - called it so in his novel Piccolo mondo moderno.