Rocca Pisana

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La Rocca Pisana

Rocca Pisana is a sixteenth-century villa which was designed by the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi for the Pisani family. In Italy there are several villas called Villa Pisani, which take their name from this powerful Venetian family. This villa is also known as La Rocca or La Rocca Pisana. It is situated in the comune of Lonigo, which is also the home of Palladio's Villa Pisani (Bagnolo).

Dominating a hill-top site, the exterior of Rocca Pisana shows the influence of Palladio's Villa Rotonda, but has differences, for example, the recessed portico. The internal layout is different from Villa Rotonda.

Rocca Pisana itself has been imitated, e.g. at Nuthall Temple,[citation needed] and possibly, for the octagonal dome, at Chiswick House.[1]


  1. ^ Beltramini, Guido; Vicenza, Centro internazionale di studi di architettura "Andrea Palladio" di (15 October 1999). Palladio and Northern Europe: books, travellers, architects. Skira. p. 144. ISBN 978-88-8118-524-5. 

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Coordinates: 45°23′40″N 11°24′12″E / 45.39444°N 11.40333°E / 45.39444; 11.40333