Vicenza – boasting over 700 years of goldsmith tradition
- is one of Italy's
renowned gold districts, and hosts the International Vicenza Gold Fair three times a year. Vicenza is known as the city of Palladio.
Take a leisurely walk and follow a Palladio architecture itinerary. Begin at the historic square, Piazza dei Signori
. Here you will see the Palladian inspired palace of the Captain, also known as loggia del Capitanio Bernarda
, currently the seat of the city council. Across from it is the Palladian Basilica
. The Four Books of Architecture
, I quattro libri dell'architettura
, by Andrea Palladio
is still referenced today. See his drawings come to life and join students of architecture who are drawn to the city palace, Villa La Rotonda
, a masterpiece of his design. The central dome and hall are circular. A loggia was built in all four facades to take advantage of the lovely view. The Renaissance palace, Palazzo Chiericati
, designed by Andrea Palladio houses the town museum, Museo Civico
. Staying in an apartment or villa rental accommodation will bring you up close to this wondrous area of the Veneto region
Vicenza is a UNESCO World Heritage site
. This designation was extended to include other Palladian villas of the Veneto. What could be more breath-taking than staying in a Palladian style villa as your vacation rental for your family reunion, or an equally pleasant stay with friends? Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of your surroundings in your villa rental accommodations.
Step inside the Teatro Olimpico
– considered to be one of the oldest covered theatres in the world - located at the Piazza Matteotti
to view the marvelously rendered trompe l'oeil and the stunning stage. June is the ideal month to enjoy the classical music festival
Plan your holidays for the second weekend of September in an even-number year and visit Marostica
, a half-hour drive away from Vicenza. Commemorating a civilized solution to an age-old situation – that of rivalry to win the affections of a lady – La Partita a Scacchi con Personaggi Viventi
, a chess game which includes humans and horses
, takes place in the square in front of the Lower Castle. This event marks the 1454 occasion when the victorious suitor won the hand of Lionora, daughter of Taddeo Parisio, the Lord of Marostica's castle. After an enjoyable day, return to your holiday home and relax by taking in the view from your terrace. Vacation rentals are set up with everything you need for your home-away-from-home, with some villa rentals offering swimming pools as well.
Consider vacation rental accommodations in the outskirts of Vicenza - a farmstead, agriturismo
, or apartments in a villa rental – for your lodging accommodation instead of staying in a hotel. Enjoy the marvelous countryside
and see the beautiful villas which were at one time the summertime homes of the aristocrats
. With the rolling Asiago plateau
– comprised of mountains protecting the plateau and a large rolling valley covered with meadows and embraced by forests - wine
enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fine food
will find local delights to please their palate. This sunny part of Italy is ideal, with its 500 kilometres of trails, for cross-country skiing
The website of Owner Direct Vacation Rentals has holiday homes at your fingertips: a condo rental in town or condo rentals by a lake, apartments, cottages, townhouses, and villa rentals.