Historical Building sights in Vicenza
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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 (La Rotonda’s late owner, Mario di Valmarana, was a retired University of Virginia architecture professor; he died in 2010). Inside, the circular central hall is frescoed from the walls to the soaring cupola with trompe l’oeil frescoes. Catch bus 8 or 13 (€1.20) from in front of Vicenza’s train station, or just walk (about 25 minutes by foot).