Emerald valleys and majestic meadows surround the sparkling city of Vicenza, a place in which the classic and the contemporary gloriously unite. Famed for its connection to revered architect Palladio, the city boasts a plethora of important historic and architectural sights that are sure to satisfy even the most insatiable cultural cravings. Wander elegant streets in order to discover shaded squares and monumental masterpieces, ducking into venerated villas in order to admire richly frescoed ceilings and elaborately decorated walls. A selection of excellent museums speak eloquently of the city’s artistic and cultural expressions, adding a further layer of aesthetic beauty to this rich and remarkable place.
The town’s architectural scene is dominated by Palladio, a skilled and revered architecture whose imitable style allures millions of culture connoisseurs to Vicenza. His last and arguably most iconic work is the Teatro Olimpico, a theatre modelled on an ancient Roman theatre, whose interior bursts with colour and delicate decoration.
Another striking landmark of his is the Basilica Palladiana, a medieval and majestic church whose façade is characteristic of Palladio’s flamboyant style.
In the regal ad resplendent Palazzo Chiericati resides the captivating collection of archaeological and artistic artefacts that comprises the Town Museum. Here, exhibitions speak eloquently of a rich and remarkable past that dates back to Roman times; gaze at ancient pottery, wonder at the skill of delicate paintings and revel in the sacred atmosphere exuded by religious relics.
Hailed as one of the city’s most gourmet gastronomic experiences, Il Querini da Zemin is an elegant eatery whose fine ingredients and seasonal specialities are sure to impress even the most discerning critic. Sample local delicacies such as snow pea pasta smothered in burrata cheese, tantalising the taste buds with further selections of fine olives and meats for a perfect conclusion. (Viale del Sole, 142, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italy)