While the master sleeps..

September 24, 2012 / Art & Archaeology
Vicenza, Veneto

The Villa Almerico Capra – La Rotonda – master Renaissance builder Andrea Palladio’s crown jewel to the world, is the benchmark of what is now referred to in architecture as the Palladian style.

Not just a villa sitting at the foot of the Colli Berici (Berici Hills) in Vicenza – Citta’ di Palladio – in Italy’s Veneto region, La Rotonda is much, much more. Since its creation in the 16th century, poets and artists, sovereigns and statesmen, scholars and art historians, and travelers and tourists have visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site from every corner of the globe.

Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate, Monticello, is just one of many buildings around the world modelled after Palladio’s masterpiece.

After more than five centuries, La Rotonda remains a place of beauty and continues to inspire even while the master sleeps.

by Tom Weber

Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog The Palladian Traveler.com, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based TravelingBoy.com, and is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.”

6 Responses to “While the master sleeps..”

  1. Katharina

    Dear Tom, nice article! Thank you. I love La Rotonda, and thought it was worthwhile adding that from there you can reach the Villa Valmarana ai Nani in a 5 minute walk, which is also very beautiful. The frescoes by Tiepolo are stunning. Let me also mention, that one can rent a holiday apartment in the Villa ai Nani. I will be staying there in two weeks time, and am very excited!
    Cheers, Katharina

  2. Katharina,

    You should be excited to actually be able to spend a night in a Palladian villa. For me, I walk by both La Rotonda and Valmarana ai Nani on my regular strolls, as my humble abode is less than a 20-minutes away on foot.

    Ciao for now.


  3. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Lovely note Tom! When I see this I do think of Monticello (visited a year or so back) and particularly of Chiswick House in London. Palladio provided a wonderful template for so many stunning buildings. Thanks for telling us about La Rotonda.

  4. Penny – I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the short article. Andrea Palladio really got around, or at least his architectural design style did. There’s quite a lot of Palladian influence up in the UK. All the best – Tom

  5. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thanks Tom – on Sunday in the Gulbenkian Museum here in Lisbon we noticed a painting that showed the Rialto Bridge in Venice as designed by Palladio. That would have presented a very different Venetian canal prospect from the actual Rialto!

  6. Hi again Penny. You probably saw the “capriccio” painting by Canaletto depicting what the Rialto Bridge would’ve looked like had Palladio been commissioned to build the bridge. Hey, it might’ve worked, but it would not look as simple and beautiful and the bridge that stands there today.

    Speaking of Lisbon, PO, you should click on my personal site – http://www.thepalladiantraveler.com to read about Lisbon’s trolleys and elevators. It’s titled, “Um Bonde Chamado Desejo.” Tom


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