Declared World Heritage site by Unesco in 1994, Vicenza, at 55 km from Hotel Ca’ Tron, is characterized by an architecture that evokes only a name: the one of Andrea Palladio. Here, the architect left the clearest sign of his art, a sign that we see in the various buildings he realized. Among the most famous we remind you:
- the Basilica Palladiana, whose nucleus is the ancient Palazzo della Ragione, of Gothic age, and the loggias designed by Andrea Palladio starting from 1546 as covering. On the ground floor you will find jewellery stores that keep alive the historic commercial vocation of the place and some spaces recently intended to exposition. A marble staircase of the late fifteenth century leads up to the upper loggia, from which we reach the hall with the characteristic copper roof, shaped like an inverted hull of a vessel. The picture of the Basilica is completed with the Torre di Piazza bell tower, also called Torre Bissara because it was erected on a defence structure of the powerful Bissara family.
- Palazzo Chiericati, sumptuous palace designed by Palladio in 1550. With a long loggia and a balustrade decorated with statues, it houses the local pinacoteca of Vicenza where you can admire the Venetian painting from the middle ages to the Mannerism, including many paintings by famous artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese
- Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, commissioned by the count Barbaran, which houses the headquarters of the Superintendencies, the Centro Internazionale di Architettura Andrea Palladio and a museum dedicated to him. The building’s façade is decorated with a double ionic and Corinthian order and it is enriched by decorations on the sides of the windows of the main floor. Even the interior rooms of the ground floor and the living room are decorated with beautiful stuccos.
- Palazzo Valmarana Braga Rosa was built by Andrea Palladio in 1565.
The palace was commissioned in 1565 by one of the most famous families in town, the Valmarana family, who had supported Palladio’s work from his beginnings.
To compensate these hindrances, Palladio finds a solution which makes the Palazzo Valmarana the turning point of his idea of civil architecture. After designing his first Venetian churches, the architect applies a giant order to the building, which covers all his height: six composite pillars on a high ashlar base, inside which he puts a minor Corinthian order, which frames the openings and the decoration panels. The result is an intense light and shade effect, which is very effective inside the limited perspective.
- Villa Almerico Capra, symbol of the city, called “La Rotonda”, located on the outskirts of Vicenza, commissioned to Palladio by Cardinal Almerico starting frm 1566. The villa has been designed primarily as a prestigious place of representation and peaceful retreat for meditation and study for its rich owner.
- Located in the foothills north of the Berici Hills, you will find the Basilica Shrine of the Virgin Mary of Mount Berico. The shrine is the most important religious reference of Vicenza and Virgin Mary of Mount Berico, since 1978, is the patroness of Vicenza and the Diocese of the city. The great Basilica is one of the most classic examples of Venetian Baroque architecture. The Church contains many important works of art; among the most significant you can admire the “Cena di San Giorgio” by Veronese.
- The Basilica http://bit.ly/22TH2ZA
- Palazzo Chiericati http://bit.ly/1T3yDgT
- Palazzo Barban da Porto http://bit.ly/2487tgx
- Palazzo Valmarana Braga Rossa http://bit.ly/1ShkZKS
- Villa Almerico-Capra http://bit.ly/1U9Rg7P
- Basilica Shrine of the Virgin Mary of Mount Berico http://www.monteberico.it/