Places to see in ( Vicenza - Italy )
Places to see in ( Vicenza - Italy )
Vicenza is a city in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. It’s known for the elegant buildings designed by the 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio. These include the Palladian Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati, now home to an art gallery. Nearby, also by Palladio, the Teatro Olimpico replicates a classic outdoor theater, indoors. On the outskirts of town, the hilltop Villa La Rotonda has 4 identical facades.
Vicenza is located in the Veneto region of Italy, in its own province (the Provincia di Vicenza). It's a medium-sized town, with a population of 110,000. There has been a settlement here right back into the depths of history; remains of the Roman town can still be seen. Later, after the barbarian invasions which repeatedly devastated this part of Italy, it became a significant town, ruled at different times by various greater powers. For several centuries it was governed by Venice; then Napoleon, then the Austrians. In 1866 it became part of the new Kingdom of Italy.
Vicenza was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives. Its 'unique appearance,' largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto. After Palladio, Vicenza is most famous for its trade in precious metals, it's also known as the 'City of gold'. It's a lovely town to visit; with a beautiful, compact town centre and attractive villas and viewpoints in the hills a short walk away.
The railway station is to the south-west of the town centre; most of Vicenza's attractions are clustered closely together inside the old town walls. Walking straight along Viale Roma from the railway station, you'll pass two bus stops for the number 8 - if you are planning a trip to the villas just outside town, check the latest timetable displayed here. Soon you'll arrive outside the old town gate, Porta Castello, but first you can visit the Giardino Salvi just outside the gateway: a shady park, ornamented with statues and the Palladian Loggia Valmarana, which is dramatically reflected in dark waters.
Just inside the gateway lies a very convenient self-service restaurant, Self Pause, which is a cheap and quick place to fill up before exploring the town centre. Around Vicenza you can admire many grand buildings by Palladio and his followers. The Italian word palazzo usually means any large building rather than a palace; but many of Vicenza's palazzi do merit the grander translation. Some of the town's buildings are medieval, with several in the Venetian Gothic style, but the majority date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They line the narrow lanes of Vicenza's town centre; which are called contra, a local word for 'street'.
As soon as you're inside the Porta you find yourself among the town's great buildings. One of the most curious is off to your right. Designed by Palladio, Palazzo Porto Breganze was never finished and stands in an abbreviated form. In front of you is the Corso Andrea Palladio, the centre's main thoroughfare, lined with smart shops and cafes. Some of Vicenza's grandest palazzi lie on Contra Porti, off to the left.
Piazza dei Signori, a few yards south of Corso Andrea Palladio, is the heart of town. It is dominated by two of Vicenza's most striking landmarks, the Basilica Palladiana, the town's medieval law courts, with an imposing later facade by Palladio, and the adjacent Torre di Piazza, a tall and skinny tower. Right in the long midday shadow cast by the tower you'll find one of Vicenza's tourist information offices, where you can pick up a town map, leaflets about local events and attractions and any advice you may need. A second office is located not far away, by the Teatro Olimpico.
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Vicenza is a Mecca for those who love great architecture. Considered to be Palladio's home it boasts several of his greatest works. We were able to visit these important sights:
1550 Andrea Palladio combined town palace & suburban villa
(once on river harbor) now Vicenza Civic Museum
1580 Andrea Palladio, completed by son Silla.
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1559 Andrea Palladio, exterior façade by A.P. massive, classical
Loggia del Captaniato,1565 Andrea Palladio
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1549 Andrea Palladio, façade of medieval building,
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1544 Andrea Palladio, like most in-town Palladian villas, a remodel, new plans forced into existing footprints
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Dome & Portal of Cathedral
Dome: 1565 Andrea Palladio
North portal added 1575
Gothic façade remains
Palazzo Porto Breganze
1571 Andrea Palladio, incomplete first of 3 proposed
segments, building is distinct departure from more formal
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare
1572 Vicenzo Scamozzi based on designs by Andrea Palladio
blend of villa & public building features
16th century Giardino Salvi, ascribed to Palladio by unesco,
Villa la Rotunda
1566 Andrea Palladio temple-villa, Palladio's icon,
principles taken in part from Roman Pantheon
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1669, 1720, Franceso Muttoni, frescoes by Tiepolo 1757,
stables, guest house rival actual villa
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Church of Santa Corona, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, Europe
Santa Corona is a Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church located in Vicenza, region of Veneto, Italy. The church contains the Valmarana chapel (circa 1576), whose design is attributed to the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Palladio himself is buried in this church. Construction on the church was begun in 1261 by the Blessed (Beato) Bishop Bartolomeo di Breganze to house a thorn from the supposed relic of the crown (corona) of thorns forced on Jesus during his passion. The thorn had been given to this bishop as a gift from Louis IX of France. The church belonged to the Dominican order until suppression during the Napoleonic era. The church has an altarpiece depicting, the Baptism of Christ (1500-1502) by Giovanni Bellini. The Thiene chapel has frescos by Michelino da Besozzo, and an altarpiece depicting an Enthroned Madonna and child venerated by Saints Peter and Pius V by Gianbattista Pittoni. Other works in the church include an Adoration of the Magi’’ by Veronese, a Madonna of the Star‘ by Marcello Fogolino, a St Mary Magdalen with Saints Jerome, Paola and Monica, (1414-1415) by Bartolomeo Montagna, a canvas depicting St Anthony and friars distributing alms to poor (1518) by Leandro Bassano, and two canvases with depictions of St Sebastian and St Martin by Battista da Vicenza. After the death of one of his patrons, Antonio Valmarana, likely in 1576, Andrea Palladio designed this funereal chapel. Santa Corona had already been the church were other members of the family had been interred. Ten years earlier, Palladio had designed the Palazzo Valmarana in town for the family. The chapel was constructed by 1597, and family members transferred here. While there is no documentary evidence linking this design to Palladio, it highly resembles his chapels found at the Il Redentore in Venice. Since 1994 the arch has been part of a World Heritage Site, designated to protect the Palladian buildings of Vicenza it as City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.
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