Vicenza: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Vicenza is nicknamed the "city of Palladio", from the name of the late Renaissance architect, who designed most of his works here, giving life to an exceptional collection. Thanks to the work of Palladio the city was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and every year it is a destination for cultural tourism from all over Italy and the world.

Index

  1. 10 things to see in Vicenza in a weekend
  2. What to see in Vicenza in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Vicenza: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Vicenza
  5. Plan your stay in Vicenza: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Vicenza in a weekend



1 - Cathedral of Vicenza (Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunciata)

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunciata, better known as Vicenza Cathedral, was built in the thirteenth century but, given the numerous alterations to which it has been subjected over the centuries, today it presents itself to us in late Gothic style. Both the dome, the entrance and the Alberico Chapel were probably designed by Palladio.
An archaeological area extends below the Cathedral of about 750 square meters, which includes the remains of religious buildings ranging from the early Christian to the Romanesque period and "civil" buildings. Within the area, traces of a large domus were also found, which is part of the residential area of ​​Vicetia Romana.

  • 10 minutes from the center (about 600 meters) via the Ponte Furo - Get directions
  • Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 and from 15:30 to 18:00. Sundays it is open from 15:30 pm to 17:15 pm and from 18:00 pm to 19:15 pm
  • Free the cathedral, € 3,50 the archaeological area

2 - Palladio Museum

The Palladio Museum is located inside Palazzo Barbaro, one of the most elegant designed by Palladio and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than a museum, this is a real journey into the life and art of Palladio where, alongside the work of art, scholars who tell the story are also on display. Also on display are models of Palladio's creations and several of his portraits, which can help to understand what his true features were (a detail unknown at the moment). Each portrait depicting Palladio is in fact different from the other.



  • 10 minutes from the center (about 600 meters) moving on Contrà SS Apostili and passing by the Roman theater, Piazza dei Signori and the Loggia del Capitano - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:30)
  • € 8,00 full price, € 6,00 reduced price, € 12,00 families (two adults and one to four children under 18) and free for children up to six years of age

3 - Querini Park

Among the main green lungs of the city, Parco Querini is characterized by a vast extension of meadows surrounded by groves rich in plants. Much frequented by the inhabitants, lovers of sport and not, the Park contains a small historical treasure: a neoclassical templet built in 1820 by Antonio Piovene, located on an islet that rises in the middle of the pond; at the base of the temple, recent refurbishment works have brought to light an old icebox used to store food and drinks, and for now not accessible. On the opposite side, there are the ruins of the greenhouses and aviaries from the church of Santa Maria in Araceli.

  • 20 minutes walk from the historic center (1,7 km). Alternatively, bus lines 2, 5 and 1 all stop a short distance from the park. The cost of the ticket is € 1,30 - Get directions
  • The park has several entrances: Viale Rumor, Contrà Chioare and Viale Rodolfi. It is open every day from November to February from 8:00 to 17:00, in March from 8:00 to 19:00, in April from 7:00 to 20:00, from May to the first half of August from 7: 00 to 21:00, in the second half of August and in the first half of September from 7:00 to 20:00, in the second half of September and in the first half of October from 8:00 to 19:00 and in the second half of October from 8:00 to 18:00.
  • Free

4 - Gallerie d'Italia of Palazzo Leoni Montanari

Palazzo Montanari is a seventeenth-century residence, characterized by numerous and particular decorations in Baroque style. The palace it hosts the Gallerie d'Italia, exhibition of three art collections belonging to Banca Intesa San Paolo. On the main floor, in two distinct rooms, nuclei of vases and ceramics selected from the collection and exhibited in turn are presented. In different rooms on the first floor there are paintings from the Venetian eighteenth century, small canvases by Pietro Longhi and various works of landscape painting.
The pride of the exhibition on the first floor is the Fall of the Rebel Angels: a Carrara marble pyramid made in the mid-eighteenth century by Fasolato, which depicts sixty angels.
The upper floor displays the Russian icons instead.



  • 900 meters from the historic center in 11 minutes on foot. By bus, lines 4 and 10. Ticket cost € 1,30 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays
  • full € 5,00, reduced € 3,00, free for children under 18 and for everyone on the first Sunday of the month

5 - Church of Santa Corona

The Church of Santa Corona was founded in 1270, and is the casket of countless treasures, including "The Baptism of Christ" by Giovanni Bellini, the Valmarana Chapel of Palladio (UNESCO World Heritage) and works by Paolo Veronese, Giovanni Battista Pittoni and Bartolomeo Montagna.
From 1580 to mid-1800s it has kept the remains of Andrea Palladio, later moved to the main cemetery of the city. It is not possible to take photographs inside the church.

  • 750 meters from the center (10 minutes walk) - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday. September to June from 9am to 00pm, July and August from 17am to 00pm.
  • € 3,00 full, € 2,00 reduced. To purchase tickets, go to the information and tourist reception office

6 - Naturalistic-Archaeological Museum

Inside the two Dominican cloisters that flank the church of S. Corona there is the Naturalistic-Archaeological Museum of Vicenza: practically a museum within a museum.
On the northern side of the church it is possible to visit the minor cloister of the seventeenth century, while to the north there is the ancient library (built between 1496 and 1502) which is now unused, due to the damage suffered during the Second World War.
Beyond the loggia, it is possible to admire the façade designed by Muttoni.

The Naturalistic-Archaeological Museum of Vicenza is located in the cloisters of the Church of Santa Corona. Inside the naturalistic section the environments of the Berici Hills are illustrated, while in the archaeological one there are some findings in the Vicenza area from the Paleolithic to the Lombard age.



  • bus line 10-1-2-4-5-7-124-129-142 (Ticket cost € 1,30) - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday. September to June from 9am to 00pm, June and July from 17am to 00pm
  • full € 3,50, reduced € 2,50, free for children under 18 and for everyone on the first Sunday of the month. In order to purchase the ticket, you must go to the tourist information and reception office

7 - Diocesan Museum

The Diocesan Museum is located inside the Episcopal Palace, and is among the youngest museums in Vicenza. The exhibition concerns the history of the Vicenza church, divided into 5 sections and 4 floors including the underground one, where there are some donations and a collection of mirals, and the temporary exhibitions on the first floor. In addition, four rooms are reserved exclusively for the exhibition of paintings of the modern age, while the visit ends on the attic floor, where there are collections of religious art and ethnography, which can only be visited by appointment. It is not possible to take photographs inside.

  • 10 minutes walk from the center (800 meters) - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
  • € 5,00 full price, € 3,50 reduced, € 7,00 for families up to five members, free for children up to twelve years

8 - Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati

Palazzo Chiericati was designed by Palladio in 1550 and represents the work of his maurity. Inside it preserves important period decorations and documents on Vicenza history. Since 1885 it also houses the Civic Museum, which exhibits an important collection of paintings, signed by great names such as Tintoretto, Bassano and Veronese, and sculptures owned by the Municipality.
The exhibition itinerary includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, and rooms where you can mainly admire the peculiarities and beauties of the building.

  • bus line 123, ticket cost € 1,30 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday, September to June from 9am to 00pm, July and August from 17am to 00pm. Every third Friday of the month open in the evening from 10:00 to 18:00
  • full € 7,00, reduced € 5,00, free for under 18s and free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month. There is no ticket office in the museum, you need to go to the nearby information and tourist reception office

9 - Olympic Theater

The Olympic Theater is considered Andrea Palladio's masterpiece. Commissioned in February 1580 by the Olympic Academy, the project was inspired by the "old-fashioned" theater model, and had the task of celebrating the rediscovery of the Renaissance and the Vicenza aristocracy, in the wake of classical ideals. Construction began that same year but Palladio was unable to see his work finished, which was finished in 1585, and inaugurated with the staging of the Oedipus the Tyrant.

Inside the enclosed space, which perfectly reproduces the classical open-air theaters, Palladio has arranged a monumental front scene flanked by two wings, a semi-elliptical auditorium of thirteen steps, concluded by a columned exedra. There are numerous bas-reliefs depicting stories of Hercules, by Ruggero Bascapè, which accompany the 95 mythological-themed statues placed inside the theater.
It is possible to take pictures without a flash

  • 10 minutes walk from the center (800 meters) - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from September to June from 9:00 to 17:00 and in July and August from 10:00 to 18:00
  • full € 11,00, reduced € 8,00, free for under 18s. To purchase the ticket, please contact the tourist information office, located to the right of the theater

10 - Temple of San Lorenzo

The Temple was started in 1280, and represents one of the most important examples of Venetian architecture, characterized by the coexistence of Cistercian and Romanesque elements.
At the end of the eighteenth century the Napoleonic troops occupied the entire complex, which was used as a barracks and hospital. This necessitated the restoration work carried out in the years 1837-39, while at the beginning of the twentieth century during further works, a stretch of Roman road was discovered near the transept.

The facade is characterized by a large central rose window, arches and round oculi in white stone and terracotta. In the lower one instead, there are four funeral monuments and the precious sculptural decoration by Andriolo de 'Santi and workshop. The interior is also rich in valuable elements, including the Beheading of St. Paul attributed to Bartolomeo Montagna and the Altar of Pojana.

  • 10 minutes walk from the historic center (about 800 meters), passing through Piazza dei Signori, Palazzi Arnaldi, Palazzo Caldogno and many other important architectural structures - Get directions
  • every day from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00
  • Free

What to see in Vicenza in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning: Giardini Salvi are ideal for starting your visit to Vicenza, as they open before all the other attractions, they are about 500 meters from the station and have a dedicated bus stop. Inside is the Loggia Valmara, still unclear whether it was designed by a pupil of Palladio or by the architect himself, and included in the UNESCO list. Below this flows the Seriola, which makes the atmosphere even more suggestive. Just outside the gardens is the Castello Bar, ideal for having breakfast before or after your visit.
Once out of the gardens, turn right and take Corso Palladio. A little later you will cross Piazza San Lorenzo with the homonymous temple built starting from 1280. From the imposing portal, which dates back to the th century, the temple is in Gothic style, and boasts an impressive th century Renaissance style cloister.
At the end of the visit it is advisable to move towards Piazza Matteotti along Corso Palladio: during the journey it will be possible to admire a series of UNESCO World Heritage buildings.
In Piazza Matteotti there is the Olympic Theater: the attraction alone is worth the entire visit to the city. Designed by Palladio who died before seeing it finished, the theater is covered with the oldest masonry in the world. Inaugurated on 3 March 1585, clearly inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman theaters, it is decorated inside with 95 statues representing mythological characters or characters linked to the Olympic Academy. The structure has rightfully entered the Unesco World Heritage list.

Afternoon: Il Ceppo restaurant is located about 2 minutes from the theater, and is the right choice for a lunch based on typical dishes.
Palazzo Chiericati is also located in Piazza Matteotti, about 1 minute away from the restaurant. Its construction began in 1550, again by Palladio, and is part of the UNESCO list. Since 1885 it has housed the Civic Museum of Vicenza, which contains works of the sixteenth century of particular importance, signed by the likes of Tiepolo, Paolo Veronese, Bartolomeo Montagna and Giovanni Buonconsiglio.
Four hundred meters away, about a 5-minute walk, we find the Palladium Museum, which is itself housed in another elegant UNESCO-listed building: Palazzo Barbarano. Inside the museum there are testimonies of the life and works of Andrea Palladio, including the numerous models of his creations.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunciata, better known as the Cathedral of Vicenza, is another 5 minutes away, equal to 400 meters. Built in the thirteenth century, over time it has undergone a series of changes: today it has a late Gothic style. Also in this case, the domes, the Alberico Chapel and the door on the north side were designed by Palladio. On the same ground a private house was once erected, which is part of the archaeological area below the cathedral, which can be visited.

Sera: the Veneto's tavern is two minutes from the Cathedral, and is ideal for a dinner based on typical products.
When you have only one day to visit a city, you have to make choices, and Vicenza is a city that has a lot to offer. So, if after dinner you are still not tired, moving towards Corso Palladio you will have the opportunity to admire still very suggestive places in the evening: Palazzo Trissino Baston, Piazza dei Signori, La Loggia del Capitano, Palazzo Garzadori, Il Ponte di San Michele.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Salvi Gardens: open every day from 7:30 to 21:00 from May to September and from 7:30 to 20:00 from October to April - ticket price: free
  2. Temple of San Lorenzo: open every day from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
  3. Olympic Theatre: from Tuesday to Sunday from September to June from 9:00 to 17:00, and in July and August from 10:00 to 18:00, always closed on Mondays - ticket price: full € 11,00 reduced € 8,00 free for under 18s
  4. Lunch at Il Ceppo, Corso Palladio, 196 - Get directions
  5. Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati: Tuesday to Sunday, September to June from 9:00 to 17:00 and in July and August from 10:00 to 18:00. Every third Friday of the month evening opening from 20:00 to 24:00 - ticket cost: full € 7,00 reduced € 5,00 free for children under 18 and free for all on the first Sunday of the month
  6. Palladium Museum: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 - ticket cost: full € 8,00 reduced € 6,00, € 12,00 for families (two adults and one to four children under 18) and it is free for children up to six years
  7. Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunciata: open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 and from 15:30 to 18:00, while on Sundays it is open from 15:30 to 17:15 and from 18:00 to 19:15 - ticket price: free for the cathedral, full € 3,50 for the archaeological area
  8. Price at Osteria Veneto's, Corso Palladio, 56 - Get directions

Where to eat in Vicenza: the best restaurants

  1. The Strain: typical Vicenza cuisine. The restaurant is only available at lunchtime, given its opening hours which go from 11:30 to 15:30. closed on Monday
    Average price per person: from € 15,00 to € 32,00
    Address and contacts: Corso Palladio, 196 (Get directions) / tel: 0444544414
  2. Osteria Veneto's: typical Vicentine and Mediterranean cuisine
    Average price per person: € 7,00 to € 16,00
    Address and contacts: Corso Palladio, 56 (Get directions) / tel: 04441836986
  3. At the Pestle: dishes from Vicenza cuisine revisited with a touch of modernity
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Contra 'Santo Stefano, 3 (Get directions) / tel: 0444323721
  4. Two Fogher Fish and Pizzas: Vicentine specialties, pizzas and grilled meats in a rustic atmosphere with a retro touch with a summer garden.
    Average price per person: € 20,00 to € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Strada Statale Pasubio, 2 (Get directions) / tel: 0444 564790
  5. V79: Restaurant Pizzeria Drink on the "Historic Riviera Berica". Quick reservations, pizzas and cuisine with fresh seasonal ingredients.
    Average price per person: € 15,00 to € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via G. Ferrari, 5 (Get directions) / tel: 0444 581013

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Vicenza

Vicenza offers numerous possibilities for entertainment. There is no shortage of characteristic clubs open until late at night, discos, pubs and bars scattered everywhere throughout the city: a higher concentration of discos and nightclubs is present in the ironworks area.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Moplen Modern Living: place specializing in drinks, wine bar with DJ set. Closes late at night
    Address: Piazza Biade, 15 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Heineken Jammin 'Club: pub with a large choice of beers and drinks
    Address: Contrà Pedemuro S.Biagio, 29 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Totem Club: cult disco of the place
    Address: vecchia ferriera, 135 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Prince of Wales Pub: pub with an exquisitely British feel with a wide range of beers and spirits accompanied by delicious appetizers.
    Address: viale Trieste, 431 (Get directions)
  • Jamaica: Tropical pub in the center of Vicenza where you can taste cocktails to the unique rhythm of reggae
    Address: via Lanza, 36 (Get directions)

Plan your stay in Vicenza: info and useful tips

  • the most convenient way is definitely the train. The station is located 10 minutes from the center on foot, about 800 meters. The city is served by the Frecciarossa, Italo and regional lines. Alternatively, the Flixbus can be used, which leaves from Turin, Milan, Bergamo, Rome, Bologna, Ferrara, Udine and Trieste, with a ticket cost ranging from € 5,00 to € 16,00. The stop is in Viale Ippodromo 14, about 700 meters from the Duomo. By car along the A4 Milan-Venice motorway, it is recommended to take a hotel with parking and then move on foot.
    Vicenza is equidistant from Venice and Verona, so by plane these are the two reference airports.
    Flights to Verona (52 km) from € 87,00 - Flights to Venice (66 km) from € 91,00
  • Getting around: the historic center is very intimate and can be visited on foot. Bus tickets can be purchased at authorized resellers and parking meters, operating from 5:30 to 20:00, at a cost of € 1,30 (duration 90 minutes) or directly on the bus for € 2,00 (duration 120 minutes).
  • Where to park: you can park for free in the stadium area (Get directions), in Santa Bertilla (Get directions) and San Marco (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 33,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Padua (44 km / 46 minutes - Get directions), Bassano del Grappa (33 km / 43 minutes - Get directions), Asiago (57 km / about 1 hour - Get directions), Verona (52 km / 50 minutes - Get directions ), Venice (66 km / about 1 hour - Get directions)

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