I adore the northern small city of Vicenza, in Italy’s Veneto region.
I first came here many years ago, and had not been back in years. When my youngest son had a cross-country race nearby, I jumped on the change to get back and visit this jewelbox of a town.
I was not disappointed to be back.
Vicenza is recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. It was announced in 1994, when it was declared “Vicenza, city of Palladio.”
Palladio certainly left his (wildly talented) mark on this town.
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was an Italian architect whose influence is on display in all of Veneto, but especially in Vicenza.
His artistry is on full display as you walk around Vicenza – from its main square and its stunning Basilica Palladiana (photo above) to the amazing Teatro Olimpico.
There is so much to see in this small town, and, coming from Rome, it’s a real treat to enjoy a town that is entirely dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles – nary a car in sight.
Of course, it’s small enough that you can get everywhere quite quickly.
I was also pleasantly surprised by all the great bookstores in the town, and found myself often popping in to explore.
And, since this is in northern Italy, the aperitivo hour is also quite important, I was happy to rest my tired feet and to enjoy a glass myself.
Greatly enjoyed my time back in Vicenza. On this visit, I did not have time to get out to Palladio’s beautiful villas just outside the town that I visited in the past.
Gives me a great excuse for another visit!