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 centuries-long tradition with an elegant museum set within the Basilica Palladiana. Rotating exhibitions of historic and contemporary bijouterie showcase 7th-century bejewelled funerary crosses, 15th-century silk and gold harness belts, 1920s costume jewellery, and avant-garde creations from visionaries such as Evart Nijland and Lucy Sarneel.

The city's continuing prominence in the jewellery industry is celebrated twice a year at VicenzaOro (; January and September), Europe's largest gold and jewellery fair.

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1. Basilica Palladiana

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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,…

2. Piazza dei Signori

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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…

3. Loggia del Capitaniato

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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…

4. Palladio Museum

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

5. Duomo

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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…

6. Roman Criptoportico

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

7. Chiesa di Santa Corona

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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…

8. Palazzo Chiericati

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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…