If you go to Vicenza by train you will immediately find a beautiful park next to the station called Giardini Salvi.
You can get the first taste of Palladio there looking at Loggia Valmarana.
If you are going by car or by bus you can start roaming in the city center and start looking at the magnificence of the monuments and building.
Then you could walk to the temple of San Lorenzo, this is a very nice temple with interesting statues inside.
Something worth a trip to Vicenza alone is the Teatro Olimpico, a majestic theatre with a roof completely in masonry.
The theatre was designed by Palladio and once you get inside you will be shocked at how perfect it looks. It is similar a Roman amphitheater but it’s all inside.
The civic museum also is a nice place to go to learn something new and look at the beautiful Affreschi on the ceiling.
Something incredible beautiful is also the Gallerie d’Italia di Palazzo Leoni Montanari.
You will be able to see prestigious arts from the Veneto region and beautiful statues and fresco painting on the ceiling.
One of the most important works ok Palladio is Villa La Rotonda, someone says that it reminds of the Pantheon in Rome.
The structure of the building is close to perfections and still, millions of visitors are going each year to visit this building and studying is beauty.
The Villa is not in the city center but it will be easy to reach with public transportation or if you have a car.
- Basilica Santuario di Monte Berico
- Basilica dei Santi Felice e Fortunato
- Basilica Palladiana
- Palazzo Chiericati
- Loggia del Capitanio
- Piazza dei Signori
- Piazza Palladio
- Ponte Furo
- La chiesa del Cimitero Monumentale
- Parco Querini
Vicenza is quite nice for a day trip or two and you will definitely take a lot of nice pictures of monuments that no other cites have.
Something absolutely amazing you can do is the “Strada delle 52 Gallerie del pasubio”, which is basically a breathtaking road with 52 tunnels.
The road goes in betwen the rocks and you will love the landscape. You can take a look at this video if you don’t believe me.
Food in Vicenza is very simple compared to the one you can find in the other provinces of the region.
The city of Lumignano just out of Vicenza is a good asparagus producer so if you like food with asparagus Vicenza ain’t bad.
A fun fact about Vicenza is that in the middle ages, people there were very poor, meanwhile, now they are pretty rich. People from Vicenza was called “Magna Gatti” literally “cat eater”.
They didn’t eat any cat but the real poor ones probably they did.
One of the tastiest typical dishes is the gnocchi with asparagus if you are in Vicenza get your mouth to bit this dish. YUM.
If you want to taste typical food from Vicenza, as often you will have to deal with a menu written in Dialect and not in a tourist place.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
- Bacalà a la visentina
- Brocoli fiolàri de Creazzo in salata
- Sparasi all’uso de Bassan
- Tajadele coi bisi de Lumignan
- Gnochi de patate a la vecia maniera
- Toresani de Breganse al speo
- Gargati col consièro
- Gnochi cò la fioretà a puina
I personally don’t understand what they are as well, the dialect from there is funny to read tho. But mostly are fish, asparagus, pasta food.
The recipes are written Italian and you will need to download the pictures from the links above.
Vicenza is a pretty Italian city dominated by the architecture of Andrea Palladio. Walking around the city will bring emotions while watching his buildings and art.
You can visit many museums and churches and taste typical dishes from rural tradition.
There are certain buildings like the theatre and the main museum of the city that are absolutely a must see in a lifetime.
The city itself is pretty flat, not too far there are hills and mountains and super pretty cities with houses and churches made in the rock.
Vicenza is a calm and relaxed place full of culture, art, good food and things to learn.
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