Vicenza, an architectural heritage

Vicenza, an architectural heritage

A symbol of 16th-century Italian architecture, Vicenza is a city fascinating for its buildings of classicist charm. Crossing its walls, the visitor is greeted by the architectural works designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio and carried through the glorious centuries of Venetian Mannerism.

It is an elegant and intimate city, famed for its beautiful architecture, the artisan tradition of gold work and a wide variety of artistic expressions, from painting to gastronomy. An excellence of Italian culture and artistic heritage, Vicenza was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

In the shadow of Palladio

From the ancient city walls to the elegant city parks and the most famous Palladian palaces, here are some of Vicenza’s most picturesque sights not to be missed:

  • Teatro Olimpico: Palladio’s most representative work, the theatre is inspired by those of ancient Rome, characterised by an elliptical staircase surrounded by a colonnade, with sculptures on the frieze. Due to its unique charm and importance to the city – it was the first permanent theatre in brickwork – the Teatro Olimpico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Basilica Palladiana: located in Piazza dei Signori, Palazzo della Ragione, known as the Basilica Palladiana, is the city’s ancient headquarters and one of the symbols of Vicenza, with its elegant loggias, marble staircase and characteristic copper roof.
  • Palazzo Chiericati: also a UNESCO heritage site, this Palladian palace is home to the Museo Civico di Vicenza, one of the largest collections of 16th-century Veneto art, boasting works by Tiepolo, Paolo Veronese and other important painters.
  • Duomo di Vicenza: in Venetian Gothic style, it is one of the symbols of the city. Here too you can see some of Palladio’s works, in the dome, the side portal and the Sepolcro Da Schio.
  • Piazza dei Signori: the centre of the city, it is an evocative place from which to enjoy the atmosphere of vibrant city life against the backdrop of the Palladian Basilica.
  • Giardino dei Salvi: one of the most evocative places in Vicenza, a meeting and relaxing point, the Giardino dei Salvi offers a splendid natural setting with significant historical-artistic attractions inside, such as the Loggia Valmarana, a masterpiece by Palladio.