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Vicenza: Piazza dei Signori discovering the Palladian Basilica

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6987.JPGMy friends, welcome to My Own Italy!

Once again I want to tell you about Italy and I invite you to discover one of the most famous and charming squares: Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza.

If your travel on vacation is to Veneto , you can enjoy the aristocratic and noble villas along the Brenta Riviera   and also a very engaging itinerary starting from Villa Valmarana, the "Villa of the draws"  and now continuing with the Palladian Basilica.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1077.JPG  Arrived in the beautiful city, it is easy to park your car in one of the many parking lots just outside the old town and walk to admire the magnificent palaces and the ancient buildings.

 Piazza dei Signori is the fulcrum of the town: it is the heir of the medieval Piazza Grande and the Roman Forum, as well as crossroads of the so called central squares.


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1080.JPG The current name comes from the buildings representative of the Signoria of Venice, who ruled the city from 1404 to 1797; it has a rectangular shape with its 28 meters wide and 122 well long until the two unmistakable columns that mark the transition in the square Biade, so named because it was used for the cereals market and in particular seeds, and is still used today for seasonal markets.

The two columns were built respectively in 1464 the first, with the winged lion symbol of the Republic of Venice and fifty years later the second column, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, in 1640.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6974.JPG The more significant presence of the square is the Basilica, which has as core the ancient Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient seat of the civil authority.

At the end of the fifteenth century it was decided to enclose the original Gothic construction, and cover it with the lodges built by Andrea Palladio from 1546 with a project based on the repetition of the form of the "serliana", a structure consisting of an arch with constant light flanked by two rectangular side openings.


On the ground floor there are the goldsmith shops that keep alive the historical and commercial vocation of the place as well as numerous other commercial activities, of course.



b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1082.JPG  In the square, beside the Palladian Basilica, stands the Civic Tower or "Tower Bissara", which with its 82 meters is still one of the tallest buildings in the city; it was raised several times between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries on the basis of the twelfth century.

 Its clock, placed in 1378, is a jewel of technical mechanics and astronomy; in fact, in addition to beating the hours, the clock also marks the lunar phases.




The Palladian Basilica is open to the public and in good weather you can enjoy a splendid view from the terrace where you can eat and drink italian and international specialities.

The maximum capacity of the terrace is 150 persons and of the loggia can stay 350 people.


 In May 2014, the Palladian Basilica became a National Monument and the restoration the Palladian Basilica was awarded in Vienna on "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage - Europa Nostra Competition 2014" for the preservation of cultural heritage.



For me it was a great experience!

By the way, I suggest you to read more about this itinerary on my blog posts and ask me questions if you need!

Leisure me: this is my tourism!


Blog posted from Piazza dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza VI, Italia View larger map


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