Villa Armerico Capra Detta La Rotonda, Vicenza
About Villa Armerico Capra Detta La Rotonda, Vicenza
Villa Armerico Capra Detta La Rotonda, Vicenza - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Via della Rotonda, 45, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy
Ticket Price: 10 EUR
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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This is a beautiful Renaissance villa in the outskirts of the town built by Andrea Palladio. The name “Capra” is after the Capra brothers who later completed the mansion in the 16th century after the death of Palladio. This villa belonged to a priest and was known as La Rotonda. It was an inspiration for many later constructions. The mansion was inspired from the Parthenon in Rome.
It is situated on a hilltop and is symmetrical in shape. It has a square shape with typical facades, columns and pillars. The dome looks beautiful with a cupola. The interior was beautifully decorated with a number of rooms. The highlights amongst all are the Music room and the porticos. You can enjoy a lovely view of the surroundings from the porticos here. It is at present publicly open as an art gallery and museum.
Villa Armerico Capra Detta La Rotonda Opening and Closing Hours
Interior is closed Mid-November – Mid February (actual days may fluctuate from year to year)
- Open on Wednesday and Saturday for the rest of the year.: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Exterior is open to viewing from Tuesday to Sunday, but closed on Mondays. Times are as follows:
- Openig Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm from November to March
- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm from April to October
How To reach Villa Armerico Capra Detta La Rotonda by Public Transport
- By Car: Highway A4 (Milano-Venezia), exit Vicenza Est, direction Riviera Berica.
- By Bus: bus No. 8 from Vicenza station
- Get here by taxi
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This villa is just beautiful and in harmony with the landscape. I wanted to see this fine example of Palladio's work, it is an architectural masterpiece, and was just thrilled to see it for real.
Gotta see it as it is so referential in the canon--thankfully a nice easy walk from town. Good helpful staff.
Palladio had designed a number of remarkable villas for farms in the Veneto, but Almerico's house was to be something quite different - a compact 'palazzo' set on a hilltop overlooking both Vicenza and the countryside around it, and designed as a place of elegant retreat, conversation and contemplation. Almerico, then, was an ideal client for a house where practical concerns were few and where architecture, decor, books, views and atmosphere mattered most. So, Palladio shaped a symmetrical building planned in the form of a cross set within an imaginary circle. Each of its four sides was faced with a projecting Ionic entrance portico, like a Roman temple, offering a variety of perfectly framed views and ever-shifting patterns of daylight as the sun moved around the heavens. The house is centred on an opulent domed circular hall, more ecclesiastical than domestic. Rooms around this are ideally proportioned according to strict mathematical ratios.
Iconic structure with an unobtrusive but knowledgeable staff.
Absolutely stunning example of Palladian architecture. Well worth the long hike up hill taking in the terrific views over Vicenza on way.
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