Vicenza pearl of the Renaissance
Vicenza presents itself as the scenic city par excellence. Its
architecture was designed in perfect harmony by the great designer Andrea Palladio.
In the 16th century, Vicenza golden Age, the great and well-known
architect Andrea Palladio designed a new urban and landscape layout of
the city. This opened the way to a new concept of architectural model
for entire generations of designers. Today, Vicenza maintains its
perfect architectural harmony in the discreet charm of its artistic
In 1994 Vicenza was therefore included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, while the Palladian Villas were listed in 1996.
In 2012 Time magazine cited Vicenza among the 10 coolest destinations.
Among the not-to-be-missed jewels of this city is the Teatro Olimpico.
Made of wood and stucco it was designed by Palladio. The fixed set,
which has incredible architectural perspectives depicting “Le Vie di
Tebe”, is a masterpiece by another great Renaissance architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi.
The Basilica Palladiana (1549-1617) stands out in the historical center.
In the Basilica of Monte Berico, on top of a hill that dominates the city, there is an ancient refectory where you can admire a large canvas, one of the most beautiful works of the painter Veronese, which represents the Supper of St. Gregory the Great.
In the immediate vicinity stands Villa Valmarana “Ai Nani” whose guest house was frescoed by Gian Battista Tiepolo and his son Gian Domenico Tiepolo.
A short distance from the latter is the exquisite Villa Almerico Capra Valmarana called La Rotonda. Also this charming villa was designed by Palladio with the contribution of Scamozzi. It is perfectly symmetrical with a square plan.
Vicenza and its Villas can be easily reached by bicycle or car from Terre Bianche.