Tourist information on the city of Vicenza include information about the weather in Vicenza, how to get to Vicenza, Andrea Palladio and his architecture and other attractions in this UNESCO city. The works of Andrea Palladio are ever-present throughout the city and include Teatro Olimpico, Basilica Palladiana and Villa Rotonda, by the great architect Andrea Palladio.
Things to See & to Do in Vicenza, Italy
The city of Vicenza, with a population of just over 100,000 inhabitants has one of the highest ratios of monumental buildings against its population in Italy. First settled by the Romans, Vicenza is the official home of the Palladian architecture and its city center reflects the inspirational leadership of the most famous adopted son of Vicenza, Andrea Palladio.
Throughout the city's landscape there are numerous examples of the great architect's works, including the Basilica Palladiana, that can be found in the main square of the city surrounded by equally important buildings of different ages and architectural styles in a setting that used to be the home of the ancient Roman Forum of Vicenza.
In the adjacent backstreets running directly off Corso Palladio, the main street of Vicenza, you'll find numerous palazzi (palaces) built by Palladio for the local nobility of Vicenza. The buildings of the later periods also reflect the influence of Palladio and his architecture, but as you make your way around Vicenza you'll see fine examples of Medieval architecture dating from the 9th century, as well as examples of other periods including fascist architecture of the last century.
While wandering around the enchanting streets of Vicenza you'll quickly realize that the wealth of modern day people of Vicenza is based on their appearance due to the fine selections of shops that line the streets of the city. The main street of Corso Palladio is one of the most famous streets in Veneto, and all famous Italian designers have their stores along this popular thorough way.
The province of Vicenza is famous for its textile production, and the quality of these fabrics is shown in the goods for sale in the shop windows of Vicenza. Across from Palladio's Basilica in the main square of Vicenza, you'll find a fine selection of 1,000s of fabrics for sale at the numerous shops.
Vicenza is also the center for gold jewellery’s production in Italy. The province imports more gold than the rest of the country put together. Although the manufacturers only deal with wholesale enquiries, you'll find examples of the high quality products produced in this area at each jewellery store located under the arches of the Palladio's Basilica. In other parts of the city, you'll find designer clothes' stores, antique furniture vendors, fine galleries and numerous other interesting stores offering some very unique products for sale.
Weather in Vicenza, Italy
The tourist information of Vicenza include also some details on the weather. The province and the city of Vicenza are located in the region of Veneto in the north-east of Italy. The climate of Vicenza and its province goes through dramatic changes through the calendar year. In the mountains that rise above the city, the temperatures drop well below zero in the winter months, while in Summer the temperatures can reach 35°C. At only 50 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains and hills, the climate of Vicenza is greatly influenced by the mountains and the warm winds arriving from South. Humidity is a problem during the summer months because typically brings rain showers in the late afternoon and early evening hours. The winters tend to be cooler with clear skies and less precipitation. Usually, the ever-present humidity is a consequence of the great disparity between the day time and night temperatures.
How to Get to Vicenza
Below you'll find listed links to various resources on the Web which assist you with information on how to get to Vicenza once you arrive in Italy. Vicenza does not have its own airport, but the Marco Polo airport of Venice is located less than an hour's drive from Vicenza.
Most people arrive in Vicenza by train as it's located on the main railway line between Milan and Venice. Milan is approximately two and a half hours by train from Vicenza, while Venice is 40 minutes and Verona 25 minutes from Vicenza, by train. Due to its proximity to these important cities, it's very easy to get information on how to get to Vicenza. The main railway station of Vicenza is located in the center of the town, only a short walking distance from the main street of the city, Corso Palladio.
If you're planning to visit Vicenza by car, you'll probably arrive with the autostrada (highway) A4 which connects Milan with Venice. It's best to exit at the Vicenza Est exit, and then, follow the indications for the city center. If you want to visit the city for only one day, arriving by train is probably the most practical choice as the city center is small and compact, and cars are banned from reaching the main historical areas. Though, you'll find ample parking in the outskirts of the town.
Getting Around Vicenza
Like many of the provincial cities of the north-east of Italy, Vicenza seems to have more bus services than inhabitants. But, because of the city center, where all the main attractions of the city are, is so small we recommend you to tour the city by foot.
In fact, the city of Vicenza has one of the highest ratios of monumental buildings against its population in Italy. Once inside the Medieval quarters of the center you'll be overwhelmed by the beauty and splendor of the surroundings inviting the visitor to explore the cobbled streets full of elegant shops, where the architectural gems by the likes of Palladio are waiting to be discovered.
Tours of Vicenza & the Palladian Villas
There are no regularly organized tours of the city of Vicenza, but the following private tours can be arranged on request:
In the company of a local expert guide, enjoy an in-depth exploration of the works of Andrea Palladio. Visit Palladio's celebrated Villa Rotonda and understand why it's considered to be the epitome of his architecture. Then, with a guided tour of Vicenza, visit the Teatro Olimpico and see many other Palladian structures, as your guide show you the life and works of Andrea Palladio, and learn how Andrea Palladio became the world's most influential architect.
An in-depth look at the architecture of Andrea Palladio during the Italian Renaissance. Focusing on the province of Vicenza, Italy, this tour incorporates a great variety of works by Andrea Palladio, including a guide for most of the Palladian Villas, such as Villa Rotonda, Teatro Olimpico, Basilica Palladiana, Villa Godi, and a drive along the famous Riviera del Brenta to see Villa La Malcontenta, as well as other less known Palladian Villas hidden away in the countryside of Vicenza.