dome, one of Palladio's most famous and imitated motifs, was itself
inspired by the Pantheon of ancient Rome.
Paolo Almerico, a papal prelate, commissioned Villa Rotonda in
1566 upon his return to Vicenza after a long residence in Rome. Palladio's
protege Vincenzo Scamozzi oversaw completion of the structure following
Palladio's death in 1580.
The villa was
acquired and restored to its present condition in the 20th century by
the Valmarana family of Venice.