Download THE VICENZA pdf. THE VILLAS... AND MUCH MORE- a small structured guide to itineraries for visiting the villas and other touristic offerings of the area.
An itinerary that starts at Monte Berico, which can be completed on foot, by bike or by car, winding just outside the historic centre, will take you to the most famous of Andrea Palladio's villas, the "Rotonda”.
The Basilica of Monte Berico dominates the city from the first of the Berici hills and stands on the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a townswoman at the beginning of the fifteenth century, promising the end of the plague if a church were built in her honour. Descending the porticoed road, you reach the "esplanade of the Christ” where a panoramic road leads to Villa Valmarana “ai Nani”, which owes its nickname to the sculptures of dwarves lined up on the outer wall. The fame of the residence is due to the extraordinary frescoes painted by Tiepolo in the building and in the guesthouse.
From there, a short walk will take you to Villa Capra "La Rotonda”.
The villa sits at the top of a hill and and gives the impression of a sort of villa-temple, with an almost cubic shape, on which pronao facades are grafted with ionic colonnades and triangular tympanums, dominated by a dome originally inspired by the Roman Pantheon but then constructed in a lower and closed form.
I più sportivi possono poi proseguire in bici il percorso facendo il percorso E7 i PAESAGGI DEL PALLADIO