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Villa la Rotonda, Vicenza

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Villa 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. Put Villa la Rotonda into our Vicenza vacation trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vicenza.
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  • Extraordinary literally as figuratively, for a villa. The Villa has something it would hurt to see as an anti earthly House of heaven. Attention however, the Sun hit hard during the day (avoid lunchtime and early afternoon) and the garden around is not much trees (some benches in the shade but rare and mobbed). The floors were all closed during our visit, it was a shame. Don't forget to go relax in the shade and quiet under the arcades below the villa: when you come back down the alley that leads to the exit just after the store portal, on the left, take the stairs that go down.
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  • Only to see this magnificent building, paradigm in the history of architecture and art, nowhere worthwhile move to this wonderful city. It's really a perfect work, both inside and outside. Words like: perfection, balance, divine inspiration, revelation, would be vain to describe something indescribable to see and feel. A mystical experience. Like all Palladio, of course: the largest.
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  • Beautiful villa (the environment is not necessarily the most beautiful) in the Palladian style. You can buy a pass to visit the villa and the architecture Museum in Vicenza. We could only visit the gardens (it was a Sunday).
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  • Absolutely stunning example of Palladian architecture. Well worth the long hike up hill taking in the terrific views over Vicenza on way.
  • You have to study Palladio and know a little about the history of this region to appreciate La Rotonda to its fullest. Hire a guide or do some research to truly enjoy this special villa. Read about the priest who commissioned it so he could see his beloved Monte Berico. Hike up to Mount Berico via the Museo del Risorgimento to Monte Berico but if its hot, take water. Its a steep hill but its worth the effort.
  • Peaceful surroundings, great building, nice walks. This is a beautiful place.
  • Magical place, and the footprint is nothing like it. Quite a villa
  • One of the most famous building designed by Palladio. A must view but pay attention that the visit to the internal spaces are available only from March to September!

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