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Review of Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda

Villa Almerico Capra detta La Rotonda
Via della Rotonda, 45, 36100 Vicenza, Italy
0444 321793
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Ranked #8 of 60 things to do in Vicenza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Leuven, Belgium
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“must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We've visited the villa La Rotonda, very beautifull garden, archticture is amazing. Fresco inside beautiful. It's a shame that we were not allowed to take pictures for ourselve. But anyway must do when you are in the area.

Visited June 2013
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“A Masterpiece by Andrea Palladio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I love Italy and there is no other word to use in this “relation”. In the northern part the places you can and should visit are plenty. I have planned to visit some Palladian villas and one of them is the masterpiece of its architect, master Andrea Palladio, the one nicknamed “La Rotonda”. He is widely considered the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture. All of his buildings are located in what was the Venetian Republic, near Venice, Padua and Vicenza. It was a hot day of October, in Romania was snowing but there was such a beautiful day. First we have found a small restaurant to eat and they knew how to cook a medium-rare stake, al dente pasta and the bitter salad was eaten at the end of the meal. We have ordered lemonades and an espresso even though it was not morning. Then we went on to visit the beautiful villa. Surprise, surprise! The interior is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except during the winter months, and the grounds are open every day. I was very mad that I didn’t get the chance to visit its interiors just because it was October. The upset was only for a few minutes just because it is so beautiful on outside that I have forgotten anything else. It is the most perfect structure. Its symmetry and the Ionic columns have inspired architects from around the World to build more famous ones in the same way its inspiration was Pantheon in Rome. It was built for Paolo Almerico who decided in 1565 to return from Vatican to his home town Vicenza. In 1994 UNESCO designated the building as part of a World Heritage Site.

Visited October 2012
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st. louis, missouri
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“worth the planning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

we planned our departure date specifically to see Villa La Rotonda and it was worthwhile. we were in Venice so took the vaporetto to the train station bought our tickets and were on our way. i had the Rick Steves Italy book with me so we felt we could find the place on the bus. we still became confused so here are my directions. go out the front door of the train station. follow the drive around to the right. when you come to the street just turn right and walk down the street to a bus stop. wait for bus 8. Do NOT cross any street.

when we got on the bus we said "La Rotonda" to the driver. It was closer than we expected. we didn't hear the driver announce the stop so I would advise standing close to the front of the bus. luckily for us some women near us knew what we were doing and started motioning for us to get off. we did. once the bus pulled away we thought "Now what?" the answer is walk in the same direction the bus was going and in about a block there is a sign and an angled road going up. be careful, it is a used, public road.

We had no problem getting in. if you just look at their website the open days and times are plainly described. they do close midday. The building as you approach it is beautiful in it's simplicity. why else would it have been copied so often? The interior is also so interesting. there were 3 younger people acting as docents/guards and they spent a long time talking to us.

While the current (and long time) owners converted some upper storage area to bedrooms the building originally was only designed for day use. The guests arrived for the day by water. The entrance we use was not the original. The river has moved. the oculus was open and there was a well underneath. the story is very interesting. i do thank the people working there for answering so many questions. i think they took extra time because the book shop had no Englisg guides.

Don't be discouraged. Look at the website and make your plans. it is an easy less than day trip from Venice.

Visited April 2013
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“Interesting but Not spectacular”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were on a tour of Northern Italy and able to visit this and the Villa Valmarana ai Nani. Beautiful grounds and some interesting history provided by our guide but not anything I would venture off my appointed route to visit. Northern Italy does not seem to have the attractions of the rest of the country but is certainly a place to be visited for the scenery, food and charm of the people.

Visited September 2012
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“Worth a bus ride to see the Villa and Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We were able to figure out how to take the local bus out to the villa to see it and it was worth the trip. Although only the gardens were open the Villa Capra is very worth seeing. You may recognize the building as it was copied several times ...by Thomas Jefferson for Monticello and the University of Virginia for their Rotunda. It was a country home and is situated among extensive gardens on a hill top looking over local farm lands and back at the City of Vicenza. A lordly view.

Visited April 2013
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