i can still smell the sweet roses. i visited the villa rotonda, otherwise known as the villa almerico capra valmarana, today. it’s one of palladio’s better known works and probably the most famous of the veneto villas, in which there are several. they had some bizarre hours for getting in to check out the lavish interior, something like wednesdays between 3 and 6, but i was perfectly happy to walk around the outside. my guide tells me it wasn’t actually built as a home, but as a ‘pleasure pavillion’ for retired cleric, paolo almerico. and a colleague had told me that the thomas jefferson memorial in dc was based on this structure. don’t know if that’s true, though. none of the literature i have mentions it. anybody heard this?

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