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.
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.
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.
Today, now fully restored, the Duomo serves as the seat of the Bishop of Vicenza, who lives right across the street.
If you’ll lower your voice and mute the ringer on your cell phone, let’s go inside and have a look.
For more travel tips on Vicenza, just log on to the city’s official tourism site: http://www.vicenzae.org/eng.