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VILLA ALMERICO ora Valmarana ("La Rotonda")

La Rotonda

Andrea Palladio, Architect
Frescos by Alessandro Maganza and Lodovico Dorigny
Statuary by Lorenzo Rubini
Stuccos by Lorenzo Rubini, Ruggero Bascape and Domenico Fontana
Acroterriale by G. B. Albanese
Fireplaces by Bartolomeo Ridolfi

Architectural features
La Rotonda is situated atop a hill in suburban Vicenza. Its four facades look out upon cultivated fields on three sides and a wooded slope on the fourth.

The central dome, one of Palladio's most famous and imitated motifs, was itself inspired by the Pantheon of ancient Rome.

History
Paolo Almerico, a papal prelate, commissioned Villa Rotonda in 1566 upon his return to Vicenza after a long residence in Rome. Palladio's protege Vincenzo Scamozzi oversaw completion of the structure following Palladio's death in 1580.

The villa was acquired and restored to its present condition in the 20th century by the Valmarana family of Venice.

Tourist Information.

Location: Vicenza

Hours: March-December only

Villa and grounds: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 a. m., 3:00 p. m.-6:00 p. m.
Grounds only: Daily (except Monday) 10:00.-12:00 a. m., 3:00 p. m.-6:00 p. m.
 


VISIT A VILLA:

VILLA BARBARO \ VILLA CORNARO \ VILLA EMO \ LA MALCONTENTA\ LA ROTONDA


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