Tourist information on Villa Rotonda by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Also known as Villa Almerico after the original owner of the Villa, Villa Rotonda epitomizes the ideas and principles of the Palladian architecture. Tours of Villa Rotonda and other Palladian Villas are available from nearby Venice. Villa Rotonda is featured in our Private Vicenza & Villa Rotonda Tour departing from Venice, and in our Private Vicenza & Villa Rotonda Walking Tour.
Villa Rotonda by Andrea Palladio represents the epitome of Palladio's architecture: “Form formed by the landscape and forming the landscape”.
For centuries, Villa Rotonda by Palladio has aroused the admirations of scholars and laymen, and imitations of Villa Rotonda can be found all over the world. The name with which the Villa is known since always is La Rotonda, and it embodies the Villa's essence: it was conceived to be viewed from all sides and, in the same way, one can look out from one of its windows and allow the gaze to cover a panorama of 360°C.
Like many Palladio buildings, for Villa Rotonda Palladio drew inspiration from his studies of the Pantheon in Rome, which in ancient times also was known as La Rotonda.
In spite of its form, in his four books of architecture Andrea Palladio classified this Palladian Villa Rotonda as a palazzo (palace) because of its close proximity to the city of Vicenza: its position is to be perched on a hill and without direct attachment to the land.
In fact, Villa Rotonda was not a villa farm, but was designed to be a pleasure palace where Paolo Almerico, the patron of the Villa, would have entertained his guests. Anyway, it will be always included in the Palladian Villas Tours.