Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio - World Heritage Site, Vicenza

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Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio - World Heritage Site, 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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  • I was wondering how such a regular neoclassical temple-like house could be a home for demanding rich and probably spoiled aristocratic inhabitants - and got at least some of the answers - seeing the.....  more »
  • A lot of older reviews were complaining about the strict "no photo" policy of the villa. Well, photos of the interior are now allowed, as long as you don't use the flash. A lot of people are also...  more »
  • This is one of the most important buildings in the world. It is the masterpiece of renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, a villa like a temple, and a temple like a villa with great halls amd rooms and a panoramic projection of each of ita spaces towards the surrounding landscape. Probably the most impressive interior space is the central domed hall and its frescoes. Even though one might find it annoying that you are nor allowed to take photos inside, it actually comes as a good thing, making you aware in a very direct way of every aspect of the beauty and magnificence of La Rotonda.
  • Absolutely stunning! Definitely worth a visit. Remember: the villa is only open for public on Wednesday and Saturday. On other days just the outside can be seen.

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