Thomas Jefferson believed that the college experience should take place in an academic village. He wanted shared learning to infuse daily life.
He developed plans for ten Pavilions, which were faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be taught there, and was attached to two rows of student rooms connected by an inward facing colonnade.
At the head of the lawn would stand the library, modeled on Rome's Pantheon.
As the plans grew, two more colonnades of student rooms and a set of hotels (for food) were added.
The photo shows the "Academic Village" with its Colonnades at night.
Walking Tour of the University of Virginia will takes approximately one hour and covers 1/2 miles.
The University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. There you can find all the nice old buildings and gardens.
Naturally, you can't visit Charlottesville without seeing the most beautiful college campus in the country. The University is also responsible for the heaping diversity in the Charlotttesville population as students and faculty are drawn from around the world.
The campus' main attraction is the Rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson as the original school and dormitory of the University. Self-guided tours are available of this dramatic piece of architecture and take you through each room and of course into the Rotunda itself.
Walk around the rest of the campus to get a feel for the natural beauty of it; examine the libraries (Alderman Library has a cafe...sure different from when I went to college!). There is a diversity of offerings at the student cafeteria in Newcomb Hall. If that's not what you had in mind, food-wise, the Corner area just off campus, has a bevy of interesting restraunts ranging from bar food to quite elegant. There are also some cheesy-fun shops filled with UVA memorabilia, boutiques, and some shops that are just plain weird.