Vicenza and its countless beauties

Vicenza is one of the oldest cities in Veneto. It is supposed to have been founded by the Euganei people and dominated by the Gauls up to 157 a. C. It then was Roman municipium with the name Vicetia. In the Empire period, the city was enriched with temples, an aqueduct, villas and a large theater.

Something of the Roman Vicetia still remains: its streets that intersect between cardo and decumano (the current Contrà del Monte and Contrà Porti and Corso Palladio), its squares, the Furo and Boats bridges, the Criptoportico of a villa by the river, the archaeological area beneath the Cathedral and the floor mosaics of Piazza Biade. In addition to the remains of the Berga theater and of the aqueduct of Lobia, north of the city.

The spread of Christianity enriched the city with beautiful monuments: the magnificent Basilica of SS. Felice and Fortunato, the church of S. Giorgio in Pillory and, the abbey of S. Augustine, in the countryside.

In the fifteenth century Vicenza became part of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.

The golden age of this city was the sixteenth century, during which, thanks to the rich patricians in town, palaces and monuments were built, for the most part made by the great architect Andrea Palladio. In fact, all his activities took place in Vicenza, where he altered the urban structure and much of the surrounding landscape, with a new and refined concept of architecture, that would become a model for several future generations. In and around the city there are 39 religious buildings, civil, public and private, that are attributed to the great master.

Vicenza - Affresco di Tiepolo nella villa Valmarana

The factories of the fifteenth century in a Gothic-Venetian style and the great eighteenth-century complex are also quite interesting . In this context, Giambattista Tiepolo painted three sublime cycles of frescoes, at the Loschi-Motterle Villa, then at the house built by Giorgio Massari for Carlo Cordellina in Montecchio, and finally at Villa Valmarana ai Nani.

After the rule of Napoleon, in 1813, Vicenza passed to Austria and in 1866 it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.

Over time, the streets of Vicenza have been covered by several famous people. In 1580 Michel de Montaigne crossed it, and then called it “full of noble palaces”, in 1613 it was the turn of the English architect Inigo Jones, who visited it and then exported to his country the Palladian model, which had great success in Europe and America; Goethe could not hold back his admiration for the Teatro Olimpico, which he defines “indescribably beautiful.” There were also many Americans who spent their vacation in Vicenza, like writers Dos Passos and Hemingway. Along the main streets and the more modest ones, anywhere in Vicenza, there are magnificent buildings. Perhaps no other city can boast of possessing so many artistic buildings that show how great the love for the beautiful buildings or “stone sickness”, as the people of Vicenza call it, has always been.

Vicenza is a veritable open-air museum to its visitors, a symbol of the harmony of the Renaissance, and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.

Vicenza - Teatro Olimpionico

Among the treasures of Vicenza do not miss Rotonda, a villa in Valmarana, the most majestic of Palladio’s villas, on the hills just outside town and the Teatro Olimpico, last work of the brilliant architect, undisputed masterpiece together with the Palladian Basilica and Palazzo Chiericati, that today houses the Museo Civico.

To begin discovering all the wonders of this city is advisable to start from Piazza dei Signori and take the prestigious Corso Palladio, where, between past and present, you can breathe a unique atmosphere and let yourself drift into a timeless world.

Vicenza is perfect for a complete holiday, it offers food and wine, nice shops, but also sports and outdoor activities, and you shouldn’t forget that it is also the home of gold, with its international trade fair.
Visiting Vicenza is an unmissable opportunity for gourmets. The city, with its areas labeled DOC (guarantee of origin) like Berici Hills, Lessini, Durello, Breganze, Gambellara and Vicenza DOC, offers an extensive wine production along with specialties such as the Asiago plateau cheese, ‘risi e bisi’ (rice and peas), risotto with black truffle or Lumignano peas, and stockfish Vicenza.

Vicenza is also an ideal destination for cycling and mountain biking as well as for hiking and trekking, thanks to its rich surrounding landscape. The area also offers much to rafting and paragliding lovers and golf enthusiasts, with the Vicenza Golf Club, nestled in a lush green setting.

For a break of wellness and relaxation there is also the nearby Recoaro Spa.

Let yourself be enchanted by the countless beauties of Vicenza and its perfect balance between classic and modern, you’ll be conquered.

Sweet Dreams – Our selection of palaces, mansions and boutique hotels:

Villa Traverso Pedrina - InterniVilla Traverso Pedrina – v. Monticello p. di  Barbarano, 36020 Barbarano Vicentino (VI)

Vicenza - Palazzo Chiericati

Vicenza - Villa la Rotonda

Vicenza - Basilica Palladiana

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