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The city of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of Veneto

Vicenza e le ville del Palladio

Palaces, villas, monuments and churches harmoniously contribute to the splendor of the city of Vicenza, rich in art and history to be discovered around every corner. Undisputed protagonist of this land is without a doubt Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, called the Palladio, an architect admired all over the world which has left traces of his genius everywhere. The city’s history is mainly linked to the Serenissima Republic of Venice, where in the sixteenth century, the great architect had to establish his reputation in the whole world thanks to the artistic heritage formed by the Palladian Basilica, the Chiericati Palace and the Teatro Olimpico. The famous villas, built for noble families such as the Barbato, the Corner, the Emo, the Grimani and the Foscari have become a reference architectural model at the international level, one of all Villa Almerico Capra called La Rotonda, one of the most celebrated buildings of the history of the modern architecture. In addition to the famous villas designed for the aristocracy of the time, the city can boast of numerous private residences, such as Palace Valmarana, Palace Barbaran de Porto, home of Palladio museum and Schio Palace. While, among the religious buildings, we find the cathedral, the monumental arch of the Scalette and the loggias of Palace of Ragione. Vicenza also retains traces of important buildings from Roman times, including the Criptoportico, some mosaic pavements, bridges, the aqueduct Lobia, the theater of Berga.

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