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Top Choice Venetian in Vicenza

Sòtobotega

Drop into cult-status deli Gastronomia Il Ceppo for picnic provisions, or head down into its cellar for sensational sit-down dishes like expertly crafted bigoli (a type of pasta) with the sauce of the day, or the st…
Top Choice Theatre in Vicenza

Teatro Olimpico

Behind a walled garden lies a Renaissance marvel: the Teatro Olimpico, which Palladio began in 1580 with inspiration from Roman amphitheatres. Vincenzo Scamozzi finished the elliptical theatre after Palladio’s death…
Top Choice Historic Building in Vicenza

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 is one of Palladio’s most admired creations, inspiring varia…
Top Choice Museum in Vicenza

Palazzo Leoni Montanari

An extraordinary collection of treasures await inside Palazzo Leoni Montanari, among them ancient pottery from Magna Graecia and grand salons filled with Canaletto’s misty lagoon landscapes and Pietro Longhi's 18th-…
Top Choice Venetian in Vicenza

Al Pestello

Homely, brightly lit Al Pestello dishes out intriguing, lesser-known cucina vicentina such as la panà (bread soup), red-wine braised donkey and bresaola 'lollies' filled with grappa-flavoured Grana Padano and mascar…
Top Choice Osteria in Vicenza

Osteria Il Cursore

A short walk from the city centre, behind a stained-glass door, this local institution serves up a thoroughly local scene where walls are hung with family photos, and Tiffany & Co lamps illuminate the bar. Local…
Ruins in Vicenza

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 reconstruction in 1954, it's the only private cryptoportico unc…
Historic Building in Vicenza

Palazzo Thiene

Just off Corso Palladio, you’ll find the headquarters of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza (the People’s Bank of Vicenza), housed rather ironically in Palladio’s Palazzo Thiene, which was fashioned for the aristocratic …
Gallery in Vicenza

Basilica Palladiana

Now a venue for world-class temporary exhibitions, the Palladian Basilica is capped with an enormous copper dome reminiscent of the hull of an upturned ship. The building, modelled on a Roman basilica, once housed t…
Museum in Vicenza

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'll find the Sala dal Firmamento (Salon of the Skies) and its b…