Vicenza

Vicenza is known as the city of Palladio and it is one of the most important art centres, a destination for cultural tourism with visitors from all over the country and abroad.

Declared a World Heritage by Unesco in 1994Vicenza is decorated with a majestic architecture signed by only one name: Andrea Palladio

The Basilica Palladiana, rebuilt in 1549, is its most famous public building. As a backdrop the lively city life, there are three other works by the great architect: Palazzo Chiericati, today’s Civic Museum and Art Gallery, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Palladian Museum and Palazzo Valmarana.

Of particular value for its “dramatic” effect, is the architectural work of the Olympic Theatre, later finished by Scamozzi.

Try one of the typical dishes: baccalà alla vicentina (salt cod Vicenza-style).

To the South-West of the town is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Berico, which is said to have been the site of two apparitions by the Blessed Virgin.

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