Recently, 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).
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.
Today, 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.”
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
, is a regular contributor to Los Angeles-based The Palladian Traveler.com , and is a member of the TravelingBoy.com . Feel free to follow Tom as he “meanders along the cobblestone to somewhere.” International Travel Writers Alliance