Vicenza’s Living Room: Piazza dei Signori

May 9, 2013 / Places
Vicenza, Veneto
Long corridor of the loggia - Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesRecently, the City of Vicenza threw open the doors to its iconic Basilica Palladiana and started welcoming the public inside, at no charge, to explore the rooftop and the wrap-around loggia.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to rise above the crowd and take a few bird’s-eye view shots of a favorite spot in this special city — the grand and ornate Piazza dei Signori in the Centro Storico (Old Town Center).

This piazza was originally named the Foro Romano when the city was ruled from afar by the Roman Empire, then changed to Piazza Grande during the Middle Ages, and finally to Piazza dei Signori during the Renaissance when Vicenza fell under the scrutiny of the Signoria, the governing body of the Republic of Venice.

Looking down on Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesToday, Piazza dei Signori hosts the weekly Tuesday and Thursday open-air markets, fills the night with concerts in a variety of musical genres throughout the year, showcases festivals for just about every occasion, and is the epicenter for Vicentini out for a stroll or a pre-dinner aperitivo (cocktail) with friends.

A rectangular square measuring 28-meters wide by 122-meters long, it’s surrounded by architectural marvels including Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio’s aforementioned Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitaniato, along with Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Chiesa di San Vincenzo, Torre Bissara and the Lion of St. Mark and Christ the Redeemer columns.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piazza dei Signori is the perfect place to begin getting acquainted with Vicenza, the “City of Palladio.”

Torre Bissara rises above Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

Wine glass with a view - Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Panoramic view of Vicenza's Centro Storico | ©Tom Palladio Images
 Loggia del Capitaniato (l) and Palazzo del Monte di Pietà - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Dried fruit 4 sale on market day - Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Loggia del Capitaniato (l) - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Lion of St. Mark - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Rooftop statue - Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Bed linens 4 sale on market day - Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
Piazza dei Signori street scene - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

Floral view of the porticos of the Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.”

12 Responses to “Vicenza’s Living Room: Piazza dei Signori”

  1. Ann Waggoner

    Lovely pictures and article about a beautiful place.

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  2. Really nice article and photos, Tom. We were in Vicenza when my wife, Vicki, and I made our first trip to Italy together in eleven years ago. We really loved it there, a beautiful place! We’re now planning to move to Florence next year, so we’ll be returning to Vicenza and the Piazza dei Signori soon!

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    • Good for you Bob. Thanks for commenting. Maybe we’ll bump into each other when next you visit.

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  3. Tom, thanks for this article. I haven’t been to Vicenza, but I just told my sister-in-law this has to be on our list for next time.

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  4. I’ll be in Venice at the end of October for 3 nights prior to a cruise. This will be my 7th time there. I’ve been to most of the towns as day trips (Verona, Padua, Ferrara, etc,) but have yet to visit Vicenza. My original plan was to do a day trip to Trieste, but I may change my mind and visit Vicenza. Thanks for your note and photos.

    Monica

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  5. Ciao, Tom…ancora…lovely photos and a real “insiders” view of Vicenza. Can’t wait to visit (on my list for next year)! :D
    Grazie,
    Victoria

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  6. Sir, your article and photos are truly amazing!!!! My mother is a Vicentina and I was able to return to visit family last month. It has left me so nostalgic and wishing I could return again soon!!! Your beautiful pictures simply transport me to my amazing birthplace!!!!! Thankyou for this!!!!!!! God Bless!!!!

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  7. Anstell Ricossa

    Can’t believe I have missed this beautiful city on my various trips to Italy !
    Hopefully I will be able to do so…..Mille Grazie !

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