Vicenza

Italy

An elegant town in the Veneto region of Italy, between Venice and Verona. A great destination for architecture enthusiasts, who can admire architecture.

Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy. It is in the Veneto region at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where it straddles the Bacchiglione River.

Higlights

Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi.

With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theater), the “city of Palladio” has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial centre as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country’s wealthiest cities, in large part due to its textile and steel industries, which employ tens of thousands.

Additionally, about one fifth of the country’s gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city’s economy. Another important sector is the engineering/computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor’s co-inventor, was born in Vicenza).

In 1994 UNESCO inscribed “Vicenza, City of Palladio” on its list of World Heritage Sites. In 1996, the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed “City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto“.

Palladio’s works

Vicenza is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. Famous examples include:

The surrounding country is predominantly agricultural. Major products are wine, wheat, corn, olive oil ( in the Barbarano area ) and cherries and asparagus are a particularity of Bassano. There are also quarries of marble, sulphur, copper, and silver mines, and beds of lignite and kaolin; mineral springs also abound, the most famous being those of Recoaro.

Vicenza’s cuisine reflects its humble, agricultural past. Simple, hearty meals made with fresh local ingredients that reflect the province’s geographical diversity.

Unlike Venetian cuisine where fish reigns supreme, game meat, cheeses and vegetables take center stage accompanied by polenta, soft from the stove or day-old sliced and grilled over the fireplace embers, better yet cooked in a pan under the spit where it lightly fries in meat drippings to create a crunchy golden outer crust.

Discover Vicenza

See & Do

Vicenza was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives.

Food & Wine

While dining in Vicenza, you will see dishes typical of Veneto cuisine, and a few that highlight the local seasonal products 

Accommodation

Wake up feeling rejuvenated after experiencing the pure magic of past times in beautiful vicenza.

Contact

City of Vicenza
email
urp@comune.vicenza.it
address
Corso Andrea Palladio 98
phone
(+39) 0444 221111