||Overview. Palladio, theory and practice ; Exploring the villas from the air ; Traces ; Indicators and predecessors ; Interpretations and research questions -- The re-creation of the Venetian trivium. State intervention ; Drainage and reclamation ; Low land and high water ; High land and low water ; The re-creation of the Venetian terraferma -- Ten selected villas. Villa Godi: recomposing the landscape ; Villa Saraceno: breathing in the landscape ; Villa Pisani, Bagnolo: the jump across the river ; Villa Poiana: broad composition ; Villa Badoer: separation and embrace ; Villa Foscari: 'In splendid isolation' ; Villa Cornaro: long sightlines ; Villa Barbaro: water machines at the foot of the mountains ; Villa Emo: a focal point in an agricultural landscape ; Villa Rotonda: all-round symmetry and different on all sides -- The agricultural villa as model farm. The laws of architecture ; A paradoxical problem ; The residence ; The coperto, or farm buildings ; The farmyard ; Variations on the model ; The essence of the model ; Plan development in three directions ; Spatial synthesis -- The villa in a production landscape. Framing ; The agricultural domain and the parcellation ; Buildings and artefacts ; Beacons in the landscape ; The secret of Palladian staging.