Vicenza – Architectural Paradise

Vicenza city – Paradise for connoisseurs of architecture and holy place for fans of creativity Andrea Palladio. His marble masterpieces are in Venice, but in Vicenza they are just a huge amount.

In this city there is something to see, in addition to buildings and palaces, erected by the genius Palladio.

The history of the city is much longer than Venetian history, and Roman too. You will find here signs of ancient beginning of the Vicenza, you will find medieval houses, examine the quarters of the Renaissance. At the same time, the city is surprisingly calm and quiet, breathtically beautiful and full of dignity. Even modern part of it seems to support the patriarchal peace of the historical center and is in no hurry anywhere, it’s not noise aimless.

Come to Vicenza for a day or stay a little longer – it’s very nice and cozy here. Sit in an open-air cafe, next to the marble columns of the palace, sipping thick hot coffee, and enjoy the architectural luxury around.

Vicenza – history of the city

The foundation date of the Vicenza is lost in the depths of the centuries.

The foundations of the first buildings are dated XI-VII centuries. to N.NS. In the middle of I in BC.NS. Vicenza becomes a Roman city. In the days of the late Middle Ages, the city is managed by the family of scaligerians who owned the neighboring Verona. And from the beginning of the XV century, Vicenza is part of the Venice Republic. From now on and its "Golden Age" comes. In the XVI century, the famous buildings of Andrea Palladio appear.

Today Vicenza – Cultural and Industrial Center of Northern Italy.

Where to stay in Vicenza

Vicenza – a city with a population of more than 100 thousand people.

In addition to cultural values, there are many production. This I am writing to the fact that there are many people and the hotel business developed in the city very well in the vision.

On Booking often indicates the distance of hotel remoteness from the city center. These numbers should not scare you. Vicenza – the city is quite compact, public transport works well.

On the airbnb room in the apartment can be removed 1700 rubles. per night (prices for the end of June 2019.).

Be careful when choosing a place of residence: Watch the city of Vicenza to the search string, and not the province of the same name.

As for the areas of the Vicenza, pay attention to the map (this service is on both sites) – very remote blocks and the suburbs of the city are not worth choosing. Your place to stay should be removed from the center a maximum of 2-3 km.

Do not forget about early booking. Vicenza is located in the north of Italy and stands directly on Milan-Venice, and this is a very popular destination for tourists.

Where to eat in Vicenza

A few words about local cuisine:

  • Risotto CON I Bruscandoli – Risotto with hop sprouts.
  • RISI E BISI – Local pasta, it is mixed with beans.
  • BIGOI CO ‘L’Arna – Spaghetti made by hand, with a rougure from duck. You can try such a yummy only in Vicenza.
  • Baccala Alla Vicentina – This cod preparation recipe is known since from the XV century. It is served with Polenta – Cubes of Corn Flour.

Restaurants Vicenza

Osteria Monelli

Cozy restaurant in the center of Vicenza, specializes in home kitchen. It has dishes that I mentioned above. This restaurant has its own wine cellar, wine selection is quite big.

Prices: Lunch will cost 40-50 euros.

The restaurant is working:

  • Monday-Thursday – from 18:30 to 01:00;
  • Friday – from 18:30 to 02:00;
  • Saturday – from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:30 to 02:00;
  • Sunday – from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:30 to 01:00.

Address: Contrà Ponte San Paolo, 13.

Angolo Palladio

Pizzeria Restaurant is located behind the Palladio monument on the Piazzette of the same name. Here you can and tightly dine Wicitinian dishes, and eat pizza at a price of from 6 to 15 euros.

Tables are better to order in advance.

Prices: Middle check – 30-45 euros.

Working hours:

Daily from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:30 to 23:00.

Address: Piazzetta Palladio, 12

Hostaria Fortuna Vecia Dai Venexiani

I recommend to look at this restaurant with a dup of seafood dishes. It is located a little further from the main tourist trail, but not so far from the historic center. It is worth trying here the crab cooked by the corporate recipe, Karpaccio of Tuna and Oysters. Meat dishes are presented in the menu. Restaurant is small – 22 seats, so it is worth order a table in advance.

Working hours:

daily, except Sunday and Monday – from 19:30 to 22:30.

Address: Via Generale Giacomo Medici, 72.

Restaurants and cafes in the center of Vicenza a lot. But I have a hurry to remind the rule of the experienced tourist: you want to eat well, eat where local eating.

Get off the main tourist trail aside for a couple of quarters, you will certainly find a cafe or restaurant with a great cuisine and pleasant prices.

Vicenza – what to see

From the railway station directly to the historic center leads Via Roma. 10 minutes walk, and you are already standing on a small area.

Left will see the city garden, on the right – the medieval tower Porta Castello, Under it – Gate. Go through them. Right outside the goal begins Corso Andrea Palladio (Andrea Palladio Avenue). Go on it until the intersection of Strada Loschi (reference guide to the right will be Sisley store). Having passed the quarter to the intersection with a parallel Street Avenue, turn left, go to the street and go to the first turn right. There – Cathedral Vicenza, Duomo.

Duomo (Cathedral of the city of Vicenza)

Cathedral Vicenza wears the name of Santa Maria Annunchiat.

The age of this building is very honorable – almost III century. Initially, this place was a private dwelling, later turned into a house church. She, in turn, became the early Christian Basilica. In the XII century, the building was rebuilt and expanded. Between the XIV and the XVI centuries in the church appeared chapels and side chapels. In 1574, the dome was built, designed palladio.

The interior of the cathedral looks light and restrained.

Here are the picturesque works of Lorenzo Venetsiano, Alessandro Motherman, beautiful Altar Bartolomeo Montagna and Icon on Stone Antonio da Venice.

Cathedral seriously suffered at the end of World War II. Many exhibits are renovated and stored in the museum located in the museum from Duomo (if you leave the Cathedral, go to the street left).

Duomo is open:

  • Daily from 10:30 to 11:45 and 15:30 to 18:00
  • On Sundays – from 15:30 to 17:15 and from 18:00 to 19:15.

Free admission.

Museum of work Duomo:

Daily, except Monday – from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.

Ticket – 5 euros.

From the exit from Duomo, turn left and go on Contra ‘Giuseppe Garibaldi. This street is parallel to Palladio Avenue. After 7-10 minutes you will get into the very heart of Palladian Vicenza. Garibaldi Street will lead you to Palladio Palladio, where a monument is a great architect. The look is directed directly to the big Piazza Dei Signori – Sinorov Square.

Central Square Vicenza – The oldest place of the city. Here, under the foundations of palaces and under the square, the first urban structures were found.

On this area, in our time there are several architectural masterpieces owned by Palladio.

Basilica Palladiana

Initially, it was the Gothic Palazzo della Rajone – the residence of the city municipality. In the XVI century, part of the building collapsed, and the Council of a hundred instructed the young Palladio building to restore. Architect attracts to Palazzo loggia and portico who hid the original Gothic. The main element of the updated palace has become the so-called Palladian window – Arch of three lumen: Central lumen crowned semicircle, kept on columns or pilasters, and two narrow lumen at the edges.

Basilica Palladiana looks incredibly easy and air. Today, exhibitions and public events are held here.

Bissar Tower

This tower has no relation to the creations of Andrea Palladio, it is much older.

Built in the XII century Bissari family near the palace. At the beginning of the next century, the power bought at the family and the palace, and the tower. In the XV century, the tower was added to a height of 82 meters.

There are clocks on the tower that show the time and phases of the moon. Bells beat off every half hour and hour. Seven minutes before noon and for the same time, up to 18 o’clock the bells knock the melody.

The rise of tourists to the tower is not provided, although it would be interesting to look at the Vicenza with almost standard heights. It remains to enjoy the view of the Tower from the Earth.

Loggia del Captainio

Opposite the Palladian Basilica costs the majestic and solemn structure – Loggia (or Palazzo) Del Captainio.

Captainio – Supreme Military Representative of the Venetian Republic in Vicenza.

The building was built as his residence at a time when the battle occurred at the Lepano, in which the Venetians broke the Turks. Therefore, the loggia resembles the Roman triumphal arch. In the design of the palace, many stucco and reliefs.

Today the loggia is occupied by urban management.

If you stand face to the loggia del Capnio, bypassing it on the right and stay literally two quarters of Contra ‘Monte (do not be scared, after the first crossroads, the street will change the name on Contra’ Porti), one more magnificent Palazzo will arise from you from you.

Palazzo Barbaran yes Porto

The palace is built at the end of the XVI century by order of Aristocrat Montano di Barbarano.

This is the only major structure in Vicenza, erected by Palladio himself from beginning to end.

Palazzo Plan is amazing and heter. Palladio had to solve the problems of the floor of the floor of the main hall on the aristocratic floor "Piano Nobile" and restoring the symmetry of interiors, which was violated due to the tilt of the walls of old houses. The solution is elegant and witty: the interior is divided into three wings, in the center – Ionian columns associated with the walls of the vertical architects system, and palladian windows.

Nowadays in Palazzo is located Andrea Palladio Museum, In which you will see not only the inner decoration of the palace, the architectural solution of the interiors, but also layouts of the buildings of the great architect, plans, drawings and other documents.

The museum is open:

Daily, except Monday – from 10:00 to 18:00.

Ticket – 8 Euro.

Return to Signor Square, Cross it and in two high columns, on one of which is the figure of Lion. Mark, to another – the statue of the Savior, turn left and go Contra ‘Santa Barbara, Nothing without turning. Soon the street will join Palladio Avenue, turn to it and you. You right. After 10 minutes you will find yourself on Piazza Matteotti. The area will be right, and on the left you will see the door with the inscription ; Teatro Olimpico ;.

Vicenza is full of attractions and now we approached one of the most interesting.

Theater "Olympico"

The building of the theater is built on the spot and in the walls of the fortress that served in the last years of his prison.

The Olympico Theater works so far. On his stage, the built-in decorations built to the "Tsar Edip" spectrum "King", which do not interfere with today’s performances and concerts at all.

The theater season opens only in spring and autumn.

In the summer and winter theater, like a spectacular platform, closed: there are no systems of heating and air conditioning. But you can inspect the theater as an architectural structure.

Through the army of the gate you will fall into the courtyard, full statues and flowering shrubs. The track will lead you to the cashier. Having bought a ticket, you will pass on the tiers of the world’s first indoor theater, then find yourself in the hall. Hall for 400 seats rises by the amphitheater, the ceiling is painted with celestial paints.

Theater Olympico open Daily, except Monday:

Vicenza - Architectural Paradise
  • from 9:00 to 17:00 (from September 1 to June 30);
  • from 10:00 to 18:00 (from July 1 to August 31).

Ticket – 11 Euro.

Palazzo Criikati

Opposite the entrance to the Olimpiko Theater is Piazza Matteotti. It costs beautiful Palazzo Criikati.

The Palace is valuable for the fact that the project Palladio is built. But besides, it is located in it halls of the art gallery, with Italian painting and sculptures of the XIII-XVIII centuries. In the work collection Tintoretto, Tapolo, Veronese, Montanya and many other painters.

Fans of numismatics will be interested in the hall with a meeting of 25,000 coins and medals. There is a hall where 33 drawings Andrea Palladio are stored.

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Palazzo opened Daily, except Monday:

  • from 9:00 to 17:00 (from September 1 to June 30);
  • from 10:00 to 18:00 (from July 1 to August 31).

Ticket – 7 euros.

Church and Museum of Santa Corona in Vicenza

From the Olympico Theater, go back to Corso Palladio for two quarters above and turn right to Contra ‘Santa Corona. Immediately after turning you find yourself at the Church of the Holy Crown.

This Gothic Church was erected in the XIII century for storing relics – spikes from the throat crown of Jesus Christ. In the church, Belleni, Montagina, Veronese and other artists and sculptors are exhibited.

The church is open Daily, except Monday:

  • from 9:00 to 17:00 (from September 1 to June 30);
  • from 10:00 to 18:00 (from July 1 to August 31).

Login – 3 euros.

Church page on the site of the city of Vicenza: Comune.Vicenza.IT

Santa Corona Museum – This is a museum of natural science and archeology.

In it, two departments: the first talks about the nature of the local lands, including the flora, fauna and geology; The second is about the history of these places since the time of Paleolithic to the board of Langobards.

The museum is open Daily, except Monday:

  • from 9:00 to 17:00 (from September 1 to June 30);
  • from 10:00 to 18:00 (from July 1 to August 31).

Ticket – 3.50 euros.

Palazzo Montanari

From the Santa Crown Museum, passed until the end of the quarter and turn left. You are the Palazzo Montanari.

In the halls of this palace two permanent exposures. The first – Venetian painting of the XVIII century with the pictures of Canaletto, Long, Guardi and other artists. Second exposure – a unique collection of 130 Russian icons.

Gallery open:

Daily, except Monday – from 10:00 to 18:00.

Ticket – 5 euros.

Church of Santa Maria Del Monte Berico

This church is somewhat removed from the city center.

To reach it, you need to go to the right from the building of the railway station Via Dalmazia go over the paths moving the road. There see the development. You need to go on the left road – Via Dante Alighieri. It is she who will lead you to the church on Berico Hill.

According to the legend of Virgo Maria twice appeared at this place a certain peasant. In those days, the plague was raging in these edges, the Virgin Mary promised to stop the disaster if the church will be built in her honor. The request of the Virgin was performed, the plague retreated.

The church inside is extremely beautiful.

Before entering the temple, Piazzale Della Vittoria spread out, with excellent views of the city and the province.

The church is open:

Daily from 6:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00.

Free admission.

In fact, Vicenza is full of beautiful architectural monuments. They are scattered in the city so that in one day they are impossible to inspect. These are Villas La Rotonda and TRISSINO, Palazzo Tien and Valmaran, Creation of Palladio, Buildings built by other architects.

How to go to Vicenza

There is no airport in Vicenza, Venice, Verona and Milan. Before Vicenza, you will easily reach the train or bus. Bus station is located next to the railway station.

In Vicenza from Milan

By train Frecciarossa From the station Milano Centrale Before Vicenza can be reached by 1 hour 40 minutes. The ticket is worth Ot 29.90 to 44 euros. Electric trains with a change in Verona you get to 2 hours 35 minutes For the price of B 15.95 Euro.

Railway company ItalotReno will take you out 1 hour 41 min By ticketing from 13.90 to 24 euros.

Buses Flixbus depart from Milan to Vicenza from the bus station Lampunyano. On my way – 2.5-3 hours. The ticket costs 7,99-17.99 Euro.

Site Flixbus: Flixbus.IT

To Vicenza from Verona

Trains from Verona go to Vicenza 25-45 minutes. Electric trains go longer, but stand 5.80 Euro, High-speed trains homemade much faster from 15.90 to 20.90 euros.

ItalotReno delivers you from Verona for 25 minutes and 9.90 EUR.

In Vicenza from Venice

Trains TRENITALIA Take you to Vicenza:

  • Regional – Pro 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket costs 6.40 Euro (transplant in Padua);
  • High-speed – for 45-50 minutes, the ticket costs 15.90-20.25 Euro.

Trains ItalotReno arrive in Vicenza through 42 minutes After sending from Venice. Ticket – 9.90 EUR.

Bus Flixbus Due to Vicenza for 1.5 hours, a ticket – 7.90 EUR.

Enjoy your dating with Vicenza.

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