Villa Valmarana ‘ai Nani’
From La Rotonda, a charming footpath leads about 500m to the neoclassical elegance of Villa Valmarana ‘ai Nani’, nicknamed after the 17...
Six metres below modern Vicenza lies one of the city's lesser-known historical treasures - a first-century Roman cryptoportico....
Museo del Gioiello
Set inside the Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza's elegant Jewellery Museum induces lust with its rotating exhibitions of historic and...
Drink in the history at this marble-topped bar serving bracing espresso and pastries made on the premises. There are also tempting jars...
Osteria Il Cursore
A short walk from the city centre, behind a stained-glass door, Il Cursore serves up a thoroughly local scene where walls are hung with...
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La Rotonda information
No matter how you look at it, this villa is a show-stopper: the namesake dome caps a square base, with identical colonnaded facades on all four sides. This is one of Palladio’s most admired creations, inspiring variations across Europe and the USA, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Inside, the circular central hall is covered from the walls to the soaring cupola with trompe-l'œil frescoes. Catch bus 8 (€1.30, €2 on board) from in front of Vicenza's train station, or simply walk (about 25 minutes).