Half day tour of Vicenza from Abano Montegrotto

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  • 5 hr

The golden age of Vicenza began in 1540, when the Venetian aristocracy decided to reorganize the city and its countryside and called Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, known as Palladio, one of the greatest architects of the time, for the arduous task. Palladio was commissioned to design the new residences owned by the Venetian nobles and so it was that in those years Vicenza began to enrich itself with marvelous private palaces and public buildings while extraordinary villas were designed in the countryside. “The city of Vicenza and the villas of Palladio in the Veneto” have thus been nominated a UNESCO Site for a total of 23 Vicenza palaces and 24 villas in the surrounding area.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Lovivo Tour Experience

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Stop At: Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico

The origins of the Sanctuary of Monte Berico are linked to the two apparitions of the Madonna to Vincenza Pasini, a woman who brought food to her husband who worked on the hill: the first on 7 March 1426, the second on 1 August 1428. The Madonna promised the end of the plague and asked that a church be dedicated to her in that place. So in 1428, in a few months, the first late Gothic church and a small monastery were built to house a religious community dedicated to welcoming pilgrims.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Vicenza

We will walk in the city along an itinerary entirely dedicated to the architect Andrea Palladio. Palazzo Iseppo da Porto, Casa Cogollo, Palazzo Chiericati and the Loggia Palladiana are just some of the monuments that we will have the pleasure of discovering together.

Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica Palladiana

The Palladian Basilica, included since 1994 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the symbol of the city of Vicenza. The beating heart of Vicenza's political and economic activity, in medieval times the Palazzo della Ragione looked like a Gothic building, characterized by a huge hall on the upper floor and enlivened on the ground floor by an active group of shops. Following the collapse of the fifteenth-century loggias designed by Tommaso Formenton, in the sixteenth century the City Council found itself discussing the renovation of the building: the great names in architecture of the time were involved, from Giulio Romano to Sebastiano Serlio, from Jacopo Sansovino to Michele Sanmicheli. Despite such illustrious opinions, in March 1546 the Council approved the project of a local architect of just thirty-eight years of age, decidedly little known at the time: Andrea Palladio. He proposed an “elastic” structure…

Duration: 1 hour

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In the Loggia del Capitaniato, as occurs in various Palladian works of the last decade, the composition is based on the expressive power of the giant order and on the exuberance of the plastic decoration, which give particular vigor to a work conceived as an expression of the power of the Republic Very serene.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Teatro Olimpico

The oldest covered theater in the world. Masterpiece and last work by Andrea Palladio, the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica, a partnership of important personalities from Vicenza in the fields of literature, science and the arts, of which Palladio himself was a member. The project was inspired by the "old-fashioned" theater model, in the wake of the Renaissance rediscovery of Vitruvius' studies, and at the same time served as a self-celebratory place for the Vicenza aristocracy, inspired by the same classical ideals supported by the members of the Academy.

Duration: 30 minutes
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