One of the best “strolls” I have ever had the privilege to take was in Vicenza, Italy. Actually, to be more specific, it was from the centre of town up into the hills over looking Vicenza. Hiking up steps is a requirement to reach the various villas that await your visit. However, once you reach the cobblestone and the manicured gravel trail, the views of Vicenza and the hidden countryside is a photographers dream.
La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio, is one of the villas that allow visitors to enter and tour the grounds. If you do not want to purchase tickets to view the interior of this occupied villa then it is well worth it to tour the exterior. The old fading stone statues are heart-wrenching and humbling. I could sit next to them for hours while looking at the surrounding villas and fields peppered with poppies.
The interior has mythical themes frescoes and roped-off rooms that you can peak your head into. Unfortunately, I was unable to head up the stairs as this villa is stilled owned and lived in by the same family Palladio built it for in 1550.