Vicenza is a beautiful city in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. It’s known for its very elegant buildings designed by the 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio and is a UNESCO world heritage site. These buildings include the Palladian Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati, now home to an art gallery. Nearby, also by Palladio, the Teatro Olimpico replicates a classic outdoor theater, indoors. On the outskirts of town on the hilltop the grand Villa La Rotonda has 4 identical facades. You also need to visit the Piazza dei Signori in the city square. Other areas worth visiting in the Vicenza region are the Berici mountains called “colli Berici”, montecchio Maggiore and Bassano del Grappa, where you will find the Romeo and Juliet castles, two small castles next to each other, where it is said that Romeo and Juliet lived out their short lives. There is also a bar and restaurant there. Asiago, a mountain town locality famous for its nutty and creamy Asiago cheese, is also worth a visit. Here are our suggestions for the top ten things to see and do in Vicenza.
Visit Vicenza and its historic center
The Giardini Salvi, 500 meters from the train station, is a good a starting point for your visit. From there, begin on Corso Palladio and work your way along it as there are numerous points of interest, in particular the Temple of San Lorenzo. Do not miss the Teatro Olimpico in Piazza Matteotti. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. The opening hours from September to June are from 9 to 17 (last admission 16.45) and in July and August from 10 to 18 (last entry 17.45). You cannot buy your ticket on site, you must go to the tourist information office to the right of the theatre. In Piazza Matteotti, you can see the imposing Palazzo Chiericati, built in 1550 by Palladio. The Basilica Palladiana in Piazza dei Signori, built by Palladio in 1546, is another stop not to be missed during your day. Go to the charming bridge of San Michele, built between 1621 and 1623, under which the river Retrone flows. Check out the fine arts and crafts in the city centre too.
Villa Vicenza: visit Villa Godi Malinverni
At the feet of Asiago’s plateau rises Villa Godi Malinverni, a historical palace open to the public. This is A place which gives you a real taste of Italian history, art, and beauty! A real treat!
Special Palladian monuments
The Vicenza Olympic Theatre really does deserve a visit and if you get the chance to see a performance there – even better! (you can consult their summer programme). It is the oldest covered theater in the world and famous for its trompe l’oeil.
We also recommend a visit to the Villa Valmarana at the Nani Villa Valmarana ai Nani. It is at the gates of the city of Vicenza, and is reknowned for its fabulous cycle of frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico.
Bassano del Grappa
The architecture of Bassano del Grappa is all about art: the streets of the center are adorned by the works of authors such as Palladio, Canova, Jacopo Da Ponte, Marinali and Dall’Acqua. In Bassano there is the oldest Civic Museum in the Veneto that deserves a visit together with the charming Loggia dei Potestà. But the symbol of the city is the Ponte Vecchio, built on the Palladio that connects to the site of the battles of the Alpine Front in World War I.
Wine and grappa tour!
The hills around Vicenza are full of vineyards: we suggest grappa-tasting at the Poli distillery, or a visit with wine-tasting at Villa Angarano, both charming places to visit, where you’ll be introduced to Veneto’s finest!
Participate in a handcraft workshop in town
If you want to have a first hand experience with Vicenza’s arts and crafts, join a workshop at some of the finest artists of Veneto! Printing workshops for kids, lithography workshops and printing are just some of the activities on offer.
Visit Nove, famous for ceramic production
The ceramic factory Antonibon started its production at the end of 1600, and today its creations are appreciated by kings, queens and ambassadors and are often exhibited there. Do you want to learn more about how ceramics are made and learn the secrets of their creation ? Here’s how to visit the ceramic factory Antonibon.
Bike tours and summer events on Colli Berici
The hills of Vicenza aren’t just naturally beautiful, but also a thriving centre of culture, handcraft, food & wine making. There are numerous events and local fairs all over the area during the summer season. Among the top 10 things to do in Province of vicenza, are bike tours which are also a perfect way to discover the area.