Vicenza and its surroundings offer many opportunities to go on an excursion or to enjoy a whole day in unique towns or beautiful nature.
The centre of Vicenza is obligatory: the imposing Basilica, the Teatro Olimpico, the Palazzo Chiericati Civic Museum and other works by the world-famous architect Andrea Palladio are just some of the marvellous monuments you can find. A walk in the shopping street Corso Palladio or under the arches of Corso Fogazzaro leads you through the old centuries. Villa Rotonda, Monte Berico and Villa ai Nani offer unforgettable views over the town and the surrounding area.
A day in Venice should not be missed: in only one-hour train ride the city is reached. After the Canal Grande with its impressive palaces, the Rialto Bridge, the Punta della Dogana and Ponte dell’Accademia, at the end you reach Piazza San Marco with the golden mosaics of the Basilica and the decorations of the Doge’s Palace.
An excursion to Verona should also be on the programme: w in the Roman arena, following in the footsteps of the Scalians in Castelvecchio or rather romantically under Juliet’s balcony, Verona is certainly known for its wonderful squares and attractive sights.
The lively Padua, less than 30 minutes from Vicenza, offers fresco paintings in the Scrovegni Chapel and the Bo Palace, one of the oldest universities in the world. The right place to take a break is the largest square in Europe, Prato della Valle, overlooking the Basilicas of Sant’Antonio and Santa Giustina.
Sunday afternoon is the right moment to take a walk along the walls of Marostica Castle, like the Vicentines do, or to have a walk through the picturesque Bassano del Grappa with its squares, to taste a delicious grappa at the unique wooden bridge “Ponte degli Alpini” and to enjoy the mountain panorama.
Lake Garda, the Adriatic coast and Milan can also be reached in 2 hours by train or bus. The nearest ski slopes can be reached by bus in 1,5 hours.
Vicenza: time for unforgettable moments