Vicenza, UNESCO World Heritage Site
“Città d’autore” almost entirely signed by the brilliant classicist architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), protagonist of the Renaissance Veneto, Vicenza is a city to be discovered little by little, enjoying the happy interweaving of tradition and innovation. In the central squares of the Lords, of the Herbs, and of the Biade with its magnificent Basilica Palladiana and the loggia of the Capitanio, you also go to browse the market stalls, or to ‘make’ a spritz accompanied by tasty spunciotti (snacks) assorted, or fish cicheti (tavern Bottega). The sixteenth-century Olympic Theater, the oldest covered permanent theater in the world, always amazes, but even more so in the evening during a concert of classical or jazz music. And the shopping walk in the scenic Corso Palladio is not complete if you do not stop to taste the trio of cod at Il Ceppo, a temple of the city’s gastronomy. And then there is the Civic Art Gallery with the magical colors and lights of Venetian painters housed in the magnificent backdrop of Palazzo Chiericati, the art collections of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo in Palazzo Leoni Montanari, triumph of Baroque architecture, the Palladium Museum, unique in the world, and the Gold Museum which recounts the very long tradition of Vicenza goldsmiths, to which the prestigious fairs of September and January are also linked, and the old and new workshops of the skilled local artisans and designers. Nearby, 10 minutes by car or bus from the city center you get to the Sanctuary of Monte Berico, a place of faith but also wide vantage point, and the superb villas Valmarana ai Nani and La Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas.
Among the destinations not to be missed in the territory there are also Bassano del Grappa, city of ceramics, grappa and memories of the Great War, Marostica with its fabulous city walls and the square hosting the Partita a Scacchi, the romantic castles of Giulietta and Romeo di Montecchio Maggiore, also home to the Bisazza Foundation, dedicated to the art of mosaic, and the paths and mountains of Recoaro with the Little Dolomites and Asiago frequented in the summer by lovers of trekking, climbing and cycling and in winter by fans of cross-country skiing that have 500 km of slopes of all lengths and difficulties available to Asiago.
For detailed tourist information about Vicenza and the Vicenza area, we suggest you consult the websites www.vicenzae.org, www.vitourism.it, www.comune.vicenza.it/vicenza/attrattiveturistiche/