The magnificent city of Vicenza and the wonderful villas designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio go hand-in-hand, as recognised in 1994 by UNESCO, which inscribed the Palladian buildings and the city itself together into the list of World Heritage Sites.
Something of an open-air museum – which has been the inspiration for similar buildings around the world and which every year attracts thousands of tourists, who are always amazed by what they see – Vicenza is a cultural capital, a trove of treasures from the Piazza dei Signori to the Basilica Palladiana, from the Teatro Olimpico to Palazzo Chiericati, and from Corso Andrea Palladio to Villa Almerico Capra, known as “La Rotonda”.
Whether or not it’s your first visit to the city, Vicenza is never less than thrilling. Strolling through its little town centre will leave you breathless, while the grand Palladian villas located outside the city are a feast for the eyes. Moreover, Vicenza is also about great food and excellence in jewellery-making, textile manufacturing, and much more besides. This city offers the tourist thousands of opportunities for an unforgettable holiday.
Stroll through Piazza dei Signori, the heart of the historical centre of Vicenza
Gaze in wonder at the Basilica Palladiana, a genuine Renaissance masterpiece by Palladio
Visit the Teatro Olimpico, a building constructed by Andrea Palladio’s son, Silla, to designs by his father
Go shopping on Corso Andrea Palladio, Vicenza’s main shopping street
Take a lingering look at Palazzo Chiericati, situated in Piazza Matteotti, at the end of Corso Palladio
Relax in the Giardini Salvi – the city-centre gardens that play host to the wonderful Loggia Valmarana
Visit Villa Almerico Capra, known as “la Rotonda”, the most famous of Palladio’s Vicentine villas
Admire Thiene Castle, where the Mediaeval style merges with that of the Palladian villas
Take a trip out to Lake Fimon, set amid the Berici Hills
Discover Schio and the Leogra Valley, a breathtaking place for those who adore hillside holidays and the flavours of the rural tradition