il Duomo di Vicenza

November 11, 2014 / Places
Vicenza, Veneto

Sometimes I don’t have to travel at all to find material to write about and photograph. And, this is one such time when I can just stay put and play tourist in my adopted hometown.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio ImagesMy area code here in Italy is 0444, and it’s where I’m phoning in the narrative and frames for this short travel note via my iPhone.

I’m standing outside Vicenza’s Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, or il Duomo as most locals refer to this ornate house of worship.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images

Designed by architect Lorenzo of Bologna, construction of the Duomo began in earnest in 1482 and was completed in 1562. The cupola and north-side doorway were both designed by Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images
il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images

Like many of the iconic structures that dot the centro storico (historic center), the Duomo was nearly completely destroyed by Allied bombing raids over the city during World War II. When the rubble was cleared, only the original facade of the Duomo survived the attacks.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images

Today, now fully restored, the Duomo serves as the seat of the Bishop of Vicenza, who lives right across the street.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images

If you’ll lower your voice and mute the ringer on your cell phone, let’s go inside and have a look.

il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images
il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images
il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images
il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images
il Duomo di Vicenza | ©Tom Palladio Images

For more travel tips on Vicenza, just log on to the city’s official tourism site: http://www.vicenzae.org/eng.

by Tom Weber

Tom is a veteran print-broadcast journalist who resides in the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) in the province of Padova in the Veneto region of northestern Italy. He hosts the eclectic travel/foodie/photography blog The Palladian Traveler.com, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based TravelingBoy.com, and is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.”

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