Vicenza is the city of the famous architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who lived and worked in this town. This makes Vicenza a highly recommended destination for a day-trip from Venice or elsewhere.
Up to this day, the historic center of Vicenza owes its beauty to the Palladian architecture that characterizes this town with utmost sophisticated elegance.
Two public buildings designed by Andrea Palladio overlook the central Piazza dei Signori: the Basilica and the Loggia del Capitanato; while the splendid residences of the local aristocracy are along the streets and the contrà, where the classical Palladian style stands out among the Venetian Gothic townhouses.
The Olympic theatre still hosts the original scenography elaborated for the first performance, which took place here in 1585. Nobody can resist the result of its breathtaking magnificence!
Vicenza is the ideal place to discover the Italian Renaissance, however there is much more to see, with the possibility to enjoy special guided tours, such as that of palazzo Leoni Montanari, where one can compare the richness of the Baroque style with the mystery of the Russian icons.
While the Museo Diocesano is a very convenient place to understand the long history of Vicenza, the church of Monte Berico combines the values of art and faith.
The tour guides of Assoguide Veneto will accompany you along several possible guided tours, which can be customized following according to your requests.
Educational tours can also be planned for students of any age.
The main feature of the town’s region is the presence of the Venetian Villas, many of which were designed by Palladio. Others were built for centuries before and after him and therefore, the choice is really vast!. Vicenza is a strategic place for those who are interested in discovering the so-called “civilization of the Venetian Villas”, thus two of the most important examples are just out of town:
– Villa Almerico Capra, known as “la Rotonda“, the most famous Palladian villa
– Villa Valmarana ai Nani, with the most important cycle of frescoes of the great artist Tiepolo.
In the area around Vicenza, Bassano and Marostica are pretty towns, where visitors can enjoy picturesque views and taste delicious local food, together with wine and grappa.
The tour guides of Assoguide Veneto also offer specific tours for groups or individual travelers.
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The guided tour includes the most important Palladian buildings in town.
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was born in Padua and moved to Vicenza when he was just a young and humble stonecutter. Some years later, he became a talented architect who was perfectly able to meet the needs of the local aristocracy.
His most popular works are the villas in the countryside, nevertheless the historic center of Vicenza is the most convenient place to see his town buildings.
Vicenza, a small and quiet town, offers the possibility to enjoy very pleasant walking tours with our guides, thus discovering that Palladian style which has been very influential on the history of architecture, especially in England and in the United States.
The touriost guides of Assoguide Veneto, will be pleased to accompany you during your Palladian tour. With a half day tour you will gain the knowledge of the following highlights:
- the Basilica which was the meeting place of the local city council (not a church, despite its name!).
- the Loggia del Capitanato, or Loggia Bernarda, named after the Venetian Captain who promoted its construction.
- Palazzo Chiericati was designed by Palladio for a local noble family and it hosts an interesting museum now.
- The Olympic theatre, Palladio’s last work, was inaugurated posthumous in 1585. It is unique, being the oldest surviving and perfectly preserved theatre from Renaissance. Its scenography was elaborated for the first performance and represents a masterpiece completed by the architect, Vicenzo Scamozzi (1552-1616).
Duration of the guided visit:
a standard half day tour will last two hours, but for those who would like to deepen their knowledge of Vicenza, there is much more to see and the guides of Assoguide Veneto will help you to plan a full day tour which suits your requirements and taste.
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA AND MAROSTICA
Bassano del Grappa
Tour of the historical town centre with its fascinating medieval squares: Piazzotto Montevecchio with the ancient “Monte di Pietà”, “Piazza della Libertà” and “Piazza Garibaldi”. The town Museum, the Old Bridge, universally known as Ponte degli Alpini (the Alpine bridge) on the Brenta River, projectd by Andrea Palladio, Grappa Museum and Martyr’s Boulevard, where some partisans were hanged during the Second World War.
Tour of the historical centre with Piazza Maggiore, where it takes place the famous chess game using living pieces on the giant chessboard made of marble! The two castles, one on the square, on the top of little Pausolino hill, both united by the ancient medieval walls.
In September, but only on the even years, the unmissable event of the chess game and in May we remind you the cherry festival!
TIEPOLO'S ART IN VICENZA
Gianbattista Tiepolo (1696 Venice, 1770 Madrid) is one of “grand Manner” fresco Painters from the Venetian Republic.
His works in Vicenza province are a lot, that you can admire with us combyning them in different possibilities, but here is the complete list:
Chiericati Palace in Vicenza, Civic Museum
Parish church in Noventa Vicentina
Villa Loschi Zileri dal Verme
Villa Cordellina Lombardi a Montecchio
Civic Museum in Bassano del Grappa