Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio

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Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio

Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio
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“Maybe never architectural art has reached such a level of magnificence” (J. W. Goethe, after the visit at La Rotonda) La Rotonda is not a villa. It’s something more. In time it has been visited by poets and artists, sovereigns and statesmen, scholars and art amateurs, travellers and tourists. To everyone La Rotonda has given an unforgettable emotion, that sense of harmony and grace whose answer is a smile, a silence. After 500 years, La Rotonda today is still a place of pure beauty, waiting to give inspiration, culture, joy.
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the_crime_dog
Vrhnika, Slovenia74 contributions
Photos of the interior are now allowed
Aug. 2020
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 complaining about missing out on the interior because of the limited opening hours. Well, as beautiful as the frescoed rooms are, I still think it's the impeccable exterior of the house and its position in the countryside that are its main attraction, so the villa is definitely worth a visit even if you find yourself in Vicenza on one of those days when only the garden is opened to the visitors.
Written 16 August 2020
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Thank you very much for your review and for being precise about the ability to take photos inside.
Written 27 August 2020
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SisterKathryn
Turner, ME10 contributions
Perfect Palladio
Oct. 2019
Beautiful example Andrea Palladio architecture. Well worth a visit. We took a cab from downtown Vicenza, when we were ready to head back to town the helpful guard called a return taxi for us.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thank you very much for your review and for being precise!
Written 27 August 2020
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Xavier
9 contributions
Make sure you find out if it's open on the day you visit
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Of course this is a 5 star attraction. But I'm giving 2 stars because of the treatment we got. We walkef from the station it's a few kilometers hike but we like walking. When we got there the custodian said it's a special price of €5. But he wasn't clear that we would only be allowed to walk around the outside. So we were not allowed inside which was a huge disappointment. There wad a private group doing a tour inside which we could see through the glass doors. But the guide wad very rude and dismissive. I felt they could have let us in after coming all that way. So make sure you check opening times beforehand. Not far away within walking distance is another one of Palladio's villas called the Villa dei Nani. It's a short walk away. It's in private hands and the entrance is €10.
Written 5 November 2019
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lnwyd
Aberdeen, MD530 contributions
#1 on my list, #1 in experience!
Oct. 2019
I have been teaching the architecture of Palladio one way or another for years. The Villa Capri (Villa Rotonda) is something I have known through photographs and television programs. Now I have seen it in person. And felt it. Because this is the most humanly scaled building imaginable.

We made a point of visiting on a Wednesday because for individual visitors, Wednesdays and Saturdays or when you can get inside as well as on the grounds. And be prepared--they give you a bag for your camera to make sure you don't sneak any pictures inside.

Oh my, oh my, it is beautiful. And intimate. The cube of the building sits oriented to the compass points on the summit of a low hill. it is a perfect piece of geometry, a sphere settled into a cube. On the piano nobile, small rooms framed the center atrium under its great dome. (Too bad they capped the oculus--the dirt encrusting the glass makes it darker than it needs to be, There is ample but not excessive sculptural ornament throughout and beautiful paintings on the ceilings of the small rooms as well as the dome.

A couple rooms are set--a dining room, a sitting room--to provide a sense of how the family in residence--and yes, there IS a family in residence--might use those spaces. I was charmed to see a framed picture of the late Queen Mum, QEII's mother, in the sitting room!

Take time to really look, really experience the space. and then walk around the whole building. Walk up the stairs and look at the views. Imagine how glorious it must have been before cars and the roar of traffic, before the small industrial buildings appeared. Imagine how it looked with acres of vineyards and farmlands in every direction, with larger and denser forests. The earliest residents must have been absolutely blissful when they were here.
Written 3 November 2019
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium800 contributions
Worth the trip!
Oct. 2019
What a great villa, just a pity that we couldn't enter. Superb views on the countryside all around. Really a place to go for the wedding pictures.
Written 27 October 2019
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StChris
Vancouver, Canada136 contributions
visit when the inside is open, easy bus ride from town or a fair walk
Sep. 2019
We took the local bus from the centre, only a few stops. Make sure you go when the interior is open and take your time or you'll miss details(read the provided guide sheet). Wander the grounds. Suggest you also go to Villa Valmarana close by. Then you can walk all the way back to town if you don't want to wait for the return bus. If you come by car there is limited street parking and the chance of getting a ticket is high.
Written 19 October 2019
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TerryfromToledo
Laguna Beach, CA385 contributions
Sorry I Waited So Long to See It
Oct. 2019
Been in Vicenza a couple of times and this place is kind of hard to get to being near the top of a hill outside of town. However, it was a 7 Euro cab ride from the train station and no big deal to get to.
It is a magnificent villa with beautiful murals inside. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside. The central room with Roman gods is something to see. Every room is in excellent shape with lots of items of interest.
Written 9 October 2019
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walksrocco
Edmonton, Canada157 contributions
We knew the interior was clear see when we went there.
Sep. 2019
It was very pleasant to,walkmaround this Palladian Villa and enjoynthe garden and the views of the surrounding countryside. We rode bikes over there (rented from our hotel). It was a very nice bike ride. We went to the Villa Nani, too!
Written 1 October 2019
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droprisdan
Campina, Romania33 contributions
arhitecture
Jun. 2019 • Couples
The villa is a must see for everyone who is interested of arhitecture.It is an example for classc arhitecture not a viila for living in.The proprtions of the buildind are perfect.It is built one a hill near the town of Vicenza and it is difficult to rich if you are not by car
Written 1 August 2019
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fl0werfun
San Jose, CA159 contributions
Another interesting architectural structure
Jun. 2019 • Friends
The dome really stands out as being unique in a structure of this size. The views from this property is interesting. If you walk down you can see a Panasonic view looking over Vicenza.
Written 2 July 2019
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Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue - Sun 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm