Travel and Culture in Veneto
Thanks to the talent and the geniality of Andrea Palladio, who was an architect and an artist, Vicenza was enriched with such remarkable and prestigious monuments, that in 1994 the Unesco has included Vicenza and its sixteen Palladian villas in the World Mankind’s Heritage.
Particularly interesting are the Olympian Theatre, built by Palladio between 1580 and 1584, with an elliptical tier and a proscenium rich in statues and the Rotonda, a villa, which is synonym of the classical beauty all over the world.
We advise you to visit the Palladian Basilica too, built in the old town centre to consolidate a Gothic building. Palladio also planned some refined palaces as: Chiericati Palace (1550), with its roomy portico with Ionian columns, Thiene Palace, Bonin Palace and Da Porto Palace (1570), with its front divided in two different orders (Ionian and Corinthian).
Otherwise, some important examples of Gothic architecture are: Santa Corona Church, by Palladio, that was begun in 1261 and preserves, inside, the Valmarana Chapel and St Laurence’s Church, one of the most beautiful Gothic churches of Veneto (1280).
Moreover, one of the most prestigious monuments of the early Christian art from Veneto is SS Felice and Fortunato’s Church, that was built in 313 on the area of a Po necropolis.