Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda, Vicenza

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Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda, a Renaissance villa outside of Vienza, dates back 500 years. Goethe praised it, saying that architectural art had perhaps never before reached such a level of magnificence. Designed by Andrea Palladio for Bishop Paolo Almerica, the villa went through the hands of the Capra family before being opened to the public in 1986 by the current owners, the family of Count Valmarana. That family currently lives here. Marketing events, special dinners, and cultural happenings take place at this attraction. Note that no photography is allowed, not even without flash. To find out how to plan a trip to Vicenza, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Difficult to achieve because not properly reported. Unfortunately the visit was limited outside because in the winter months the Interior are inaccessible.
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  • Sometimes there is ashamed of his country. This villa, the beauty and the importance of its history is a world heritage site, is in fact a cute private assets. This gentleman apply opening and closing times such that half of the people who want to visit the villa fail. At 17.01 on a Saturday to end March the doors are closed. British, French, Americans arrive and are wondering why. Click here for information and a keeper and tells you that the staff is in short supply. If this gentleman, like all true gentlemen in the world, he let go the mansion to the State, would not have personal problems and we would be a very nice figure. Too bad.
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  • Andrea Palladio created the temple for a Great Man " Almerico Capra...so he could meet other Scholars and discuss about all the Subjects of Renaissance Culture. The temple was designed with 4 Great Co...  more »
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  • When you are an architect and you visit an architectural masterpiece such as this villa Rotonda imagined by the great Andrea Palladio, it is only a great pleasure that we feel in the depths of ourselves, the only thing that you must do there is contemplate around, and having fun.
  • This villa is just beautiful and in harmony with the landscape. I wanted to see this fine example of Palladio's work, it is an architectural masterpiece, and was just thrilled to see it for real.
  • Gotta see it as it is so referential in the canon--thankfully a nice easy walk from town. Good helpful staff.
  • Palladio had designed a number of remarkable villas for farms in the Veneto, but Almerico's house was to be something quite different - a compact 'palazzo' set on a hilltop overlooking both Vicenza and the countryside around it, and designed as a place of elegant retreat, conversation and contemplation. Almerico, then, was an ideal client for a house where practical concerns were few and where architecture, decor, books, views and atmosphere mattered most. So, Palladio shaped a symmetrical building planned in the form of a cross set within an imaginary circle. Each of its four sides was faced with a projecting Ionic entrance portico, like a Roman temple, offering a variety of perfectly framed views and ever-shifting patterns of daylight as the sun moved around the heavens. The house is centred on an opulent domed circular hall, more ecclesiastical than domestic. Rooms around this are ideally proportioned according to strict mathematical ratios.
  • Iconic structure with an unobtrusive but knowledgeable staff.
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