Andrea Palladio's Italian Villa: La Rotonda
Roadside View of La Rotonda
May I Reminisce?
When I lived in Vicenza, Italy one of my favorite things to do in the morning was pull up my shutters and throw open my wide double windows and breathe in the morning air while listening to happy little birds chirp in harmony to the local church bell as it would toll.
Sounds like a scene from that Disney cartoon "Cinderella"?
Well, I didn't have any mice named Jaq, Octavius or Gus Gus, but what I did have was this incredible view from my bedroom window.
Not more than a mile away upon the rise of a Venetian hillside, sitting majestically beneath the glorious sunshine was the looming presence of a very famous residence, a fabulous villa built by the great Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
Villa Almerico Capra or otherwise known as "La Rotonda" is a renaissance villa designed by Palladio during the early part of the 16th century. Inspired by the great Pantheon in Rome, La Rotonda is by far one of the most revered architectural villas in Italy and around the world.
Sitting at the base of Monte Berico, the "palazzo" building is symmetrically designed with a square plan that intersects like a cross entailing four facades with protruding porticos on each wing. To the center of the building is a magnificent dome topped off with a cupola.
The interior of La Rotonda is just as spectacular and if not more so than the outside facade. Throughout the villa's abundant salons, there are numerous frescoes pertaining to the original owner Paolo Almerico, a priest who worked in the Vatican under Pope Pius IV and whose life story and religious works are forever memorialized.
Of course, the most exciting area within the villa is the central hall. Decorated with murals having a three dimensional effect, an art technique known as Trompe-l'œil, here the circular interior is lined with a surrounding balcony which looms with a domed ceiling.
Portrait of a President
An Inspired Admirer
Palladio's design of Villa Capra was so famous that it inspired none other than the great American President Thomas Jefferson to create his own version of the legendary villa, calling his home Monticello.
The Fascinating Works by Andrea Palladio
- Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza - Venice for Visitors
From an illustrated travel article on 'Palladio's City' at Durant Imboden's Veniceforvisitors.com.
- Palazzo Chiericati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Basilica Palladiana - Wikipedia
- Giardini Salvi - Wikipedia
- Villa Trissino (Cricoli) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Santa Corona (Vicenza) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Santa Maria Nova (Vicenza) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Palazzo Porto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Casa Cogollo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Villa Foscari - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Villa Godi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Villa Trissino by Andrea Palladio @ WoB
- ..:: Palazzo da Schio ::..
- Villa Badoer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Walkway View of La Rotonda
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- Andrea Palladio: Biographical Highlights
Introduction to the life of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance Italian architect who changed the way the world looks today
- Vicenza Italy photos and pictures - Duomo seen from Monte Berico in Vicenza
View of the Duomo in Vicenza as seen from Monte Berico (northern Italy)
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