Must-see attractions in Vicenza

  • Interior of the Olympic theatre (teatro olimpico).

    Teatro Olimpico


    Behind a walled garden lies a Renaissance marvel: the Teatro Olimpico, which Palladio began in 1580 with inspiration from Roman amphitheatres. Vincenzo…

  • Villa Capra named La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio architect in1591 at Vicenza in Italy.

    La Rotonda


    No matter how you look at it, this villa is a showstopper: the namesake dome caps a square base, with identical colonnaded facades on all four sides. This…

  • Richly decorated Hercules Loggia in the inside courtyard of the Leoni Montanari Palace.

    Palazzo Leoni Montanari


    An extraordinary collection of treasures awaits inside Palazzo Leoni Montanari,including ancient pottery from Magna Graecia and grand salons filled with…

  • Basilica Palladiana


    Now a venue for world-class exhibitions, the Palladian Basilica is capped with an enormous copper dome reminiscent of the hull of a ship. The building,…

  • Museo del Gioiello


    Vicenza's expertise in jewellery dates back to 600 BC when the Vicentini were crafting clothing fasteners, called fibula. This museum celebrates that…

  • Palazzo Chiericati


    Vicenza's civic art museum occupies one of Palladio’s finest buildings, designed in 1550. The ground floor, used for temporary exhibitions, is where you…

  • Villa Valmarana ‘ai Nani’


    From La Rotonda, a charming footpath leads about 500m to the neoclassical elegance of Villa Valmarana ‘ai Nani’, nicknamed after the 17 statues of dwarves…

  • Piazza dei Signori


    The heart of historic Vicenza is Piazza dei Signori, where Palladio lightens the mood of government buildings with his trademark play of light and shadow…

  • Palladio Museum


    To better understand architect Andrea Palladio and his legacy, explore the frescoed halls of this modern museum. Artefacts include historical copies of…

  • Roman Criptoportico


    Six metres below modern Vicenza lies one of the city's lesser-known historical treasures – a 1st-century Roman cryptoportico. Discovered during postwar…

  • Chiesa di Santa Corona


    Built by the Dominicans in 1261 to house a relic from Christ’s crown of thorns donated to the bishop of Vicenza by Louis IX of France, this Romanesque…

  • Duomo


    Designed by Lorenzo di Bologna, construction of Vicenza's cathedral began in the late 15th century. In the mid-16th century, Andrea Palladio added his own…

  • Loggia del Capitaniato


    This is one of the few Palladio palaces not strictly open to the public, though as it is the seat of the town council, you can in theory take a sneaky…

  • Chiesa di San Lorenzo


    This 13th-century Gothic church was built by the Franciscans. Its finest feature is the marble portal. The interior is rather spartan.

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