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  • Villa Capra - "La Rotonda" - Vicenza
  • Villa Capra - "La Rotonda" - Vicenza
  • Villa Capra - "La Rotonda" - Vicenza
  • Villa Capra - "La Rotonda" - Vicenza

This is one of the most famously and imitated buildings in the world, the characteristic of which served to illustrate and sum up the stylistic features of the Italian Renaissance architecture.
It was projected by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) whom works making Vicenza famous throughout Europe and giving it the unmistakable appearance which it retainig today.
La Rotonda is Palladio's masterpiece built between 1550 and 1552 as a retirement home for Canon Paolo Almerico. The building consists of a cubic construction with the four corners perfectly aligned with the cardinal points to make the maximum effect of light and shade on the walls. Each of the four facades has a pronaos with six ionic columns and staircase. The dome is by Vincenzo Scamozzi who changed Palladio's plans by lowering it.
Peek inside to see Veronese's "Banquet of Gregory the Great".

Admission: euros 3,00 for the exteriors, euros 6,00 including interiors -
interiors on Wednesday only

"Oggi ho visitato una splendida villa detta la Rotonda .... forse mai l'arte arcitecttonica ha raggiunto un tal grado di magnifidenza"

Address: Colli Berici

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2004
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