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  • It is in Vicenza, a modestly-sized city which today has a little over 100,000 inhabitants, that the greatest architect of the 16th century created his main architectural works. This man was Palladio and it was he that set about modelling the historical centre of Vicenza and lending it a typical Renaissance aspect. If you stop off at Signori Square, which is dominated by the basilica built by the artist, ...
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  • Villa Almerico Capra, known as 'La Rotonda', is a villa with a central plan located close to Vicenza and designed by Andrea Palladio.
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  • The Palazzo Chiericati is a Renaissance building designed in 1550 as a noble residence by the architect Andrea Palladio and built from 1551.
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  • The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto have been classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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  • The Basilica Palladiana is a public building looking onto the Piazza dei Signori; once the location of the palace of justice, it now hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
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  • A view of the Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, dominated by two columns; one topped with San Marco's lion, and the other with the Redeemer
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  • The Olympic Theatre is a creation of Andrea Palladio; in the photo, the entrance to the Piazza Matteotti
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

It is in Vicenza, a modestly-sized city which today has a little over 100,000 inhabitants, that the greatest architect of the 16th century created his main architectural works. This man was Palladio and it was he that set about modelling the historical centre of Vicenza and lending it a typical Renaissance aspect. If you stop off at Signori Square, which is dominated by the basilica built by the artist, you will indeed see evidence of the Renaissance style. The characteristic façade with its two rows of loggias is similar to other buildings in the city, such as the Chiericati Palace. Next, you cannot miss a visit to the Olympic Theatre; a project by Palladio carried out by Vincenzo Scamozzi following ancient models, the Olympic Theatre was the first covered theatre of modern times.

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Vicenza: the key figures

Surface area : 18.4 km2

Population : 4800000 inhabitants

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