Villa Almerico Capra

In this chapter we discuss Villa Almerico Capra, considered by many to be the most elegant and charming villa designed by Andrea Palladio.

Villa Almerico Capra, also known as La Rotonda, is one of the best and most famous works by Andrea Palladio. Built around 1556 for Count Paolo Almerico after his retirement from the Roman curia, it was completed by the two Capra brothers who bought the building in 1591. Palladio, in order to respect the religious needs of Paolo Almerico, conceived a suburban residence that could be both a quiet haven of meditation and study and also a place with positions of representation. Isolated at the top of a hill the villa is , at the same time, a solid but also elegant structure, in harmony with the landscape that surrounds it, perfectly reflecting the humanist ideals of Renaissance architecture.

Villa Almerico Capra

The Rotunda has no lateral loggias, usually used for collecting food produced on agricultural estates and the main body stands isolated emphasizing the integration of the surrounding landscape, according to Palladio's desire. Without the agricultural skills, the villa fully covers the role of stage where the owner can devote himself to contemplating the surrounding nature and its thousand horizons. The central structure is cube-shaped, on each side there is a pediment supported by six Ionic columns and above the tympanum decorated with three statues supported by spreaders.

Villa Almerico Capra

Inside, the central circular room stands out, with balconies that extend up to the dome. The fabulous hemispherical ceiling is decorated with frescoes by Alessandro Maganza, with allegories related to religious life and the virtues associated with them, such as Faith, Eternity, Fame, Temperance ... In the lower part of the room we find majestic painted columns and gigantic figures of gods of Greek mythology.

  • Info Villa Almerico Capra
  • Place: Vicenza
  • Address: via della Rotonda 45
  • Timetables: 10:00 - 1:00 and 3:00 - 6:00
  • Closed: Monday
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