THE CITY OF VICENZA
Vicenza, a city in northeastern Italy, in the Veneto region, at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where four rivers once meet, only the Bacchiglione River remains. The city of Vicenza is teh capital of the Vicenza Province and located along the main east west train line and roadways. Vicenza is approximately 56 km west of Venice and 180 km east of Milan. Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance Palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the "city of Palladio" has been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed "City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".
In December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of 115,927, data from Comune di Vicenza. and a metropolitan area of 270 000. Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial centre as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities, in large part due to its textile and steel industries, which employ tens of thousands. Additionally, about one-fifth of the country's gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important sector is the engineering/ computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor, was born in Vicenza). Tullio Campagnolo was from Vicenza, the bike component factory is located here, but it is slated to move to Romania in the up coming year.
VICENZA CITY MAP
GETTING TO VICENZA
The train station is located on the southern part of the town, at the end of Viale Roma. Corso Palladio and the old town is about a 5-minute walk from the station. The train station of Vicenza is on the line connecting Milan to Venice. There are also a number of trains to other major cities and destinations such as Verona, Padova, Venice, and Trento. These trains to the towns and cities around Vicenza depart daily (times provided are for the regional trains). The most common are to Verona (1 hour), Padova (25 minutes), Venice (1 hour 15 minutes). This makes Vicenza an idea base for a few days of exploring the Veneto Region.
HISTORY OF VICENZA
- History of Vicenza from 2 B.C. to 800
- History of Vicenza from 900 to 1500
- History of Vicenza from 1700 to 1970
- Ezzelino II da Romano
- Battle of Bassano - Napolean 1796
- Vincenzo Scamozzi Architect
WHAT TO SEE IN VICENZA
- Basilica Mt Berico, The Church of St Mary in Vicenza
- Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza
- Piazzale della Vittoria in Vicenza
- The Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza
- The Santa Corona Church in Vicenza
- The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza
- Vicenza's Main Square; Piazza dei Signori
- Villa La Rotonda (villa Capra) in Vicenza