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Vicenza is a medium-sized city located in Veneto, in northeastern Italy, and the capital of the namesake province. The city and the surrounding countryside and hills are particularly famous for the many works, and particularly the Villas, by Palladio. Because of the architectonic contributions of Andrea Palladio, it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

Understand

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Villa Rotonda

Vicenza is an ancient city. In 157 b.D. it entered into the roman empire with the name Vicetia or Vincentia. In 889 it was destroyed by Hungarians, and in 1001 it became an episcopal stronghold. In 1404 it became part of the Republic of Venice.

The XVI century was very important for Vicenza because Andrea Palladio built several villas and palaces. During the 19th century, after the fall of Napoleon, the city was taken by Austria, but in 1848 the citizens rebelled against the Austrian government and in 1866 it finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy.

Get in

By train

The train station is located on the southern part of the town, at the end of Viale Roma. Piazza Castello and the old town are a mere 5-minute walk from the station. The station is on the line connecting Milan to Venice. There are also a number of trains to other major cities and destinations such as Bologna to the south, Bolzano to the north, and Trieste to the east via connections Verona, Padua, Venice, and Trento.

Trains to the towns and cities around Vicenza depart daily (times provided are for regional trains). The most common are to Verona (1 hour), Padova (25 minutes), Venice (1 hour 15 minutes). Trains also depart for Bassano del Grappa, Treviso, Castelfranco, Rovigo, Sirmione, and Ferrara.

Taking international trains from Vicenza is possible, but it could be slower and/or more expensive since the city is not a major station for train transit. Instead, it is highly recommended to book a train to France, Spain or Switzerland from Milan; Austria and Germany from Verona; and Eastern Europe from Venice. Book a separate (cheap) ticket to these cities and make your connection from there.

More info on Trenitalia. When booking overseas train tickets, make sure to ask for the “Smart” special deal, which provides up to a 50% discount. The deal is especially good for destinations in Eastern Europe such as Budapest or Belgrade, where tickets could be as low as 15 euros one-way (instead of 50 euros and above). Trenitalia requires you to buy the ticket 7–15 days in advance, so make sure you plan your trip ahead of time. The website only accepts Italian credit cards, so your best bet is to buy your ticket at the train station.

By car

Vicenza could be reached via the following highways: A4 – from Torino, Milan, Venice or Trieste; A31 – from Schio, Asiago, and Bassano del Grappa; A22 – From Bolzano, Trento, Garda Lake, Mantova and Modena via Verona; A13 – from Bologna and Florence via Padova

A number of strade statale (SS), strade regionale (SR) and strade provinciale (SP) criss-cross Vicenza, and they are a great way to reach many of the great small towns that surround Vicenza. The roads going south to Colli Euganei through Colli Berici, to the northeast to Recoaro Terme, and to the northwest to Treviso via Bassano del Grappa and Asolo are particularly beautiful and highly recommended for those looking for drives through groves of olive trees, vineyards, hills, hidden valleys, and remote hill towns. However, it is not recommended for going to major towns such as Verona, Padova, or Venice. These roads are almost always backlogged with traffic and marred by seriously ugly industrial areas.

By bus

Vicenza is connected to other cities with a bus service offered by Ferrovie Tramvie Vicentine . It is a less comfortable service than train, but it can reach several places that don’t have a train station. Some long distance destinations (such as Milan and Venice) are possible, but by and large the buses only serve the province of Vicenza and the immediate towns outside of it. The bus station is located about 100 meters to the left of the train station.

By bicycle

If you are up for it, it is easy to reach Vicenza via the smaller roads listed above via bicycle. Cycling is a very popular activity in Italy, and many are even brave enough to attempt the alpine crossing from countries in the north to Italy. Stay on the secondary roads however, as it is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous to ride your bicycle in the autostrada. Also, do the trip from mid-Spring to late Summer as Northern Italy suffers very heavy fog during Autumn and Winter, and snow and ice conditions could be very dangerous and unpredictable especially in the mountains.

Get around

By foot

Vicenza’s city center is small enough to be comfortably explored on foot. The main road through the old town is Corso Palladio, which contains the best of the city center’s shopping as well as most of Palladio’s urban palaces. The hike from the city center to Monte Berico is uphill but still not so strenuous, and the road circles around to Villa Valmarana ai Nani down to the entrance to the Rotonda. Although most recommendations are to take the bus to the Rotonda and back, this walk will get you to some of the best and uncrowded parts of Vicenza.

By bicycle

There are a number of bicycle rental companies in Vicenza as well as surrounding towns and cities that service Vicenza. For a listing of these companies as well as to book a bicycle rental, inquire at the Tourism Offices in Piazza Matteoti next to the Teatro Olimpico or at the Piazza dei Signori right in front of the Basilica Palladiana.

By bus

The city is well-serviced by bus. Times and schedules are posted on their website at   (in Italian only). The most important lines are #1 to the shopping malls and #8 to the Rotonda.

By car

Vicenza’s city center is small enough that there is no need for a car if you only want to explore the city center, Monte Berico and the Rotonda. In fact, it is also not recommended if you are only staying within these areas as the ZTL (zona trafico limitato—no drive zones) is very strictly enforced, encompasses most if not all of the city center, and changes frequently and without notice.

However, if you are planning on driving around the surrounding country side to see the villas and go wine-tasting, there are really no other realistic option other than to drive a car. Car rental companies Avis and Hertz are both located within a two-minute walk from the train station.

See

Landmarks

    • Basilica Palladiana or “Palazzo della Ragione” (1549-1617) is a massive structure on the city’s main square (Piazza dei Signori), designed by the architect Palladio. Built early in Palladio’s career, the building sports a look closer to the Venetian Gothic style than the neoclassical style he would later revolutionize. It still has the old and leaning clock tower from a previous building on that site. Unfortunately, the building is closed for restoration until further notice.
    • Loggia del Capitanio right in front of Basilica Palladiana on Piazza dei Signori. Also made by Palladio around 1571, but in red brick without any stucco. Built later in Palladio’s career, this building’s Neoclassical style stands in great juxtaposition to the Basilica across it and is a testament to Palladio’s artistic development. Closed to the public except during exhibitions.
    • Teatro Olimpico anchors one end of Corso Palladio and is arguably one of Palladio’s two great masterpieces. Teatro Olimpico is the oldest enclosed theater in the world, and is most noteworthy for its use of Renaissance perspective in a three-dimensional space. The façade is decorated with stone carvings, wooden statues, and painted tromp l’oeil to make it look like a busy street scene. The theater is open Tuesdays-Sundays 0900-1700. There are two possible combined tickets that include entrance to the theater: the Palladio Card which includes entrance to many other Palladio buildings around town, or the Vicenza Card which includes entrances to civic museums in the city center. It is also possible to attend performances in the theater, especially during the months of July (during the city’s Jazz Festival) and October (during the Classical Theater cycle).
    • Chiesa di Santa Corona was built in 1261 to house relics from Christ’s crown of thorns. Nowadays, it’s most important possession are a chapel designed by Palladio, Veronese’s Adoration of the Magi and Bellini’s Baptism of Christ.
    • Palazzo Leoni MontanariIs located further down the street from Chiesa di Santa Corona. A beautifully decorated palace, the building houses a decent collection of Russian icons as well as a collection of capricci and paintings by Pietro Longhi.Palazzo Valmarana BragaIs a monumental palace built by Palladio, and the first in Palladio’s career to include columns running along the entire length of the building’s façade. Open Wednesdays 1000-1800.
    • Palazzo Barbaran is the only palace started and completed by Palladio in the city center. The interior of the palace is decorated with frescoes, most noteworthy of which are the ones done by Zelotti. Open Wednesdays 1000-1800.
    • Palazzo ThieneIs a beautiful palace designed by Palladio. Sadly, it is the headquarters of a bank, so much of the interior has been changed to accommodate its present purpose. The owners, however, own a great number of works of art. These are typically put on display from time to time. Open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays 0900-1700. Closed July and August.
    • Criptoportico Romano One of the few remaining traces of roman Vicenza, these tunnels were formerly used as walkways between villas to protect the walker from the elements. Located in an obscure corner of Piazza Duomo. Open Saturdays 1000-1130 and every second Sunday of the month from 1000-1200 and 1430-1600. Entrance is free.
    • Basilica dei SS. Felice and Fortunato is one of the oldest structures in Vicenza. Built in AD 300, the church is one of the most important examples of paleo-Christian architecture in Northern Italy. Inside, mosaic floors and frescoes are lit by a singular rose window.
    • Il Santuario di Monte BericoLocated on top of Monte Berico and visible from every part of the city center, this church was built in the 19th century to replace a Gothic structure built to honor a promise the city made to the Virgin Mary to build a church after a devastating plague ended. An apparition was purported to have occurred here, and every 8 September flocks of devotees walk from the base of the hill up to the church. The walk from the town to the church is lined with beautiful porticoes. The interior of the church is the mostly richly decorated in the city, with an overabundant use of gold, marble and fresco work. In the old convent is a huge painting by Veronese the “Supper of St. Gregory the Great.” Torn apart into 32 pieces during the Austrian invasion, the painting was miraculously pieced together and later restored to its original location.
    • Villa Valmarana ai NaniIs located just a kilometer or so west of Monte Berico. The Villa compound consists of three buildings – the owner’s residence, a guest house, and stables constructed between 1669 and 1720. As pretty and serene the villa’s setting is, the reason to visit this villa is its interiors. All three buildings are extensively covered with frescoes by Giamattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, who were hired by the Valamrana family in 1757. Light, airy, and decidedly Rococo, the villa is the Tiepolos’ masterpiece and one of the pinnacles of Rococo art in Europe. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 1000-1200 and 1500-1800. Closed from November to March.
    • Villa Capra or the RotondaIs the highlight—and sometimes, main and only reason—of anyone’s trip to Vicenza. Designed by Palladio in 1591, it is the architect’s thesis project, containing all of his revolutionary ideas into one perfect and harmonious building. It is hard sometimes to see the building for what it is, especially for American and British tourists, because it has been copied so many times and inspired other great buildings all over the world. As harmonious as the exterior is, the interior is also breathtaking, being completely frescoed with tromp l’oeil scenes from the villa’s ideal everyday life. The grounds are open on Tuesdays to Sundays, 1000-1200 and 1500-1800. the interior is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The entire villa is closed from November to February. The best time to visit is in late Spring, when the surrounding hills are covered with fiery-red poppies. Even if the villa is closed, it is often enough just to admire the villa from the gate and from the road, the way it is intended to be seen by non-residents.

Museums

  • Palazzo Chiericati is possibly the most magnificent urban palazzo in Vicenza. Located right across the street from Teatro Olimpico, the palazzo’s façade is strikingly decorated with a columnade and a series of statues lining its cornice. The interiors are not as magnificent, but it houses the city’s picture gallery with works from the Tiepolos, Veronese, Bellini, Titian, and local Vicentine artists. In the palazzo’s main foyer, there is an amusingly unusual ceiling fresco – people and animals are painted from the ‘natural’ perspective. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 0900-1700.
  • Natural History and Archeological MuseumHolds a small natural exhibit and archaeological finds tracing Vicenza’s history from the prehistoric period up to the Lombard invasion. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 0900-1700.
  • Risorgimento and Resistance Museum Located about a kilometer from the Monte Berico church, this museum traces Vicenza’s involvement in Italy’s unification in the 19th century. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 0900-1300 and 1415-1700.
  • Museo Diocesano contains artifacts and treasures from the nearby Duomo, archaeological finds chronicling the long history of Catholicism in Vicenza and oddly enough, a very big display of marble balls. Open Tuesdays to Fridays 1530-1900.

Piazze (Squares)

  • Piazza dei Signori The city’s main square and its love letter to Palladio.
  • Piazza Castello The main entrance to the city and the main terminal for bus within the city walls. Also contains Palladio’s incomplete Palazzo Porto.
  • Piazzale della Vittoria Right outside il Santuario di Monte Berico, affording the best panoramic view of the city. Especially pretty on a clear day with views of the surrounding prealpine and alpine mountains protecting the city from the north. The best place in town to grab a spritz and watch the sunset.
  • Piazza delle Erbe & Piazza delle Poste The area right behind the Basilica Palladiana and the center of the city’s meager nightlife.
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Piazza Lorenzo
  • Piazza Matteoti Location for Teatro Olimpico and the Palazzo Chiericati and a popular meeting point for locals.

Parks

  • Campo Marzo Contains a popular dog park and the town’s luna park open during the first and second weeks of September.
  • Giardini Salvi Sculptures and the closest green space to the old town.
  • Parco Querini a pleasant park on the northern part of town and a good place to see tree blossoms in the Spring.

Do

  • Hike, bike or drive and explore the Colli Berici, discovering small towns, excellent wineries, and hidden restaurants along the way.
  • Put on your Sunday best and walk down Corso Palladio to join the locals in their daily passeggiata.
  • Grab lunch to go from il Ceppo or Pam and have a picnic on the base of Palazzo Chiericati’s columns.
  • Print a list of Palladio’s more obscure villas, hire a car, and go on a treasure hunt in search of Palladio’s creations littering the edge of town.
  • Grab a pint in the Drunken Duck in Quinto Vicentino and know what Italian beer is all about.
  • Go for a spritz before dinner either at the base of Palladio’s statue in Piazza dei Signori to people watch or in Bar Pellegrino at the Piazzale della Vittoria to watch the sun set.
  • Prowl around the flea market for good deals on unique finds (every second Sunday of the month).
  • Join the faithful on the 8th of September for a procession up to Monte Berico.

Learn

Unlike the nearby towns of Padova and Verona, Vicenza does not have university and thus, no significant student population. However, you can always do what the locals do and commute weekly and sometimes daily to nearby universities if you want to attend.

There are numerous language schools in Vicenza, such as Interlingua.

Work

Although Vicenza was one of the top performers during the Italian economic miracle of the 50s and 60s, and still one of the richest towns in Italy, jobs for foreigners are few and far between. Although leather and gold are top exports and computer manufacturing is big business, foreigners especially from outside of the EU Economic Zone have much difficulty finding a job in the private sector. The most viable form of employment is teaching English, which brings in foreigners from the UK, USA, and Canada. Nevertheless, opportunities are more likely in the bigger towns of Padova and Verona.

For Americans, one option would be to be employed through the Department of Defense either as a government employee or contractor working for the Army base located in the outskirts of Vicenza.

Buy

Brands & Malls

  • Corso Palladio is the main shopping district in Vicenza, with the street lined with name brands such as Zara and H&M as well as local tailors and designers.
  • For the usual mall experience, Palladio Mall and the Piramidi Mall are both with a 30-minute ride from the city center via line #1.

Local Specialties

  • Grappa from Bassano del Grappa
  • Ceramics from Nove
  • Tocai wine from Colli Berici

Flea Markets

  • Vicenza, 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Marostica, 1st Sunday of the month (0800-1900)
  • Lonigo, 2nd Sunday of the month (0700-1900)
  • Malo, 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Noventa Vicentina, 1st Sunday of the month
  • Recoaro Terme, last Sunday of the month (0900-1800)
  • Thiene, 1st Saturday of the month
  • Although outside of Vicenza, the flea market in Piazzola sul Brenta is worth the trip. Held on the last Sunday of the month, it is one of the biggest in Northern Italy.

Food Markets

  • Camisano, every Sunday, the biggest in Vicenza province with specialties from all over Veneto as well as sellers of clothes, kitchen supplies, and everyday goods.
  • Vicenza, every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Bassano del Grappa, every Thursday
  • Thiene, every Monday
  • Montecchio Maggiore, every Friday
  • Arzignano, every Tuesday
  • Lonigo, every Monday

Eat

Although “cucina povera” seems to be more associated with Tuscany and the south than the Veneto, Vicenza’s cuisine is deeply defined by the foods people prepared generations ago when Vicenza, along with the Veneto, experienced crippling poverty as a result of droughts, plagues, famines and wars caused by political machinations. For example, the local nickname “magnagatti” (literally cat-eaters) originated from a time when rumors started to circulate that the people of Vicenza, out of poverty and desperation, started eating cats. Although the truth behind the rumor is debatable, the locals’ full acceptance of the nickname and pride in being called cat-eaters attest to the resilience of Vicenza’s people as well as its culinary traditions. Although Vicenza now enjoys one of the highest standard of living in Italy, its cuisine is still rooted in basic preparations of what is typically considered lowly ingredients to make excellent dishes.

Some local dishes and specialties include:

  • Baccala alla vicentina – rehydrated stockfish cooked in milk and served with polenta. This dish is so legendary in Vicenza and Italy in general that there is even an official organization dedicated to its preservation. 
  • Trippa vicentina – stewed tripe, similar to trippa alla parmigiana
  • Bigoli co ‘larna – thick pasta cooked in a duck meat sauce
  • Risi e bisi – risotto made with peas from Lumignano
  • Risotto con asparagi bianchi – risotto made with the famous white asparagus from Bassano del Grappa
  • Torresano allo spiedo – doves cooked in spitfire and served with polenta

Other specialties include: sopressa (a type of salami) from Val di Pasubio, Asiago cheese from Altopiano di Asiago, truffles from Nanto, cherries from Marostica, and chestnuts and wine from Colli Berici. Although there are a number of good restaurants in the city center, the best way to enjoy local specialties is by finding locally-renowned but little-known restaurants in the Colli Berici area. The best way to start your search is through the group “Le Buone Tavole dei Colli Berici”  .

Budget

  • RighettiA good and inexpensive self-service restaurant located in Piazza del Duomo. Mondays to Fridays, 1200-1500 and 2100-2200.
  • Spaghetteria al Fiore Via Borgo Berga, 15. Small, unfussy restaurant serving big plates of pasta for 5-7 euros. The atmosphere is not sophisticated, but comfy. Closed Wednesdays.
  • Pizzeria da Vittorio Via Borgo Berga, 52. Purportedly the best pizza in town. Very limited seating and erratic hours. Located about 100 meters from Palladio’s Arco delle Scalette.
  • Tutto Gelato Contra del Gambero, 26. Normally open until midnight on Summers, closed on Mondays. The best gelato in Vicenza with a very friendly price tag to boot.
  • Ristorante Jin Gu Viale Riviera Berica, 447. Frankly, there are no good Chinese restaurants in Vicenza. Except for this one place, which is fairly decent. An almost 10-minute drive from Vicenza, don’t expect much if you’re from Asia, New York, or the UK, but expect a whole lot more if you’ve been searching for good Chinese around town and about to give up.
  • Bar Pizzeria Vesuvio Corso Palladio, 204. Cheap, decent, and open when other restaurants are not. Try the fruit pizzas with apple or pear. Also features cheap Vicenza cuisine. Closed Mondays.

Mid-range

  • Pizzeria al Vecio PortegoThe best pizzeria within the city center and very popular with the locals.
  • Venchi Corso Andrea Palladio, 54. Cioccolatiero in the city center also serving ice cream. A chain gelateria, so if you missed it in another city in Italy you can always expect the same high quality from this one.
  • La Conchiglia d’Oro Via Bassano, 7. Close to the soccer stadium, this local landmark serves up good pasta and seafood for a good price. Try the penne pasta with shrimp and a big plate of fish, shellfish and squid and die happy of seafood overload.
  • Antico GuelfoContra’ Pedemuro San Biagio, 90. A small intimate dining room with constantly rotating seasonal menus.

Splurge

  • Pretto Gelato Arte ItalianaPiazza delle erbe, 7. A newly-opened store with gelato flavors designed by Michelin-starred chefs. Their “classic” flavors are good, but for the price does not compare to Tutto Gelato. Instead, go for their more adventurous flavors featuring ingredients such as ginger, licorice and peanuts.
  • Ristorante agli SchioppiContra’ Piazza Castello, 24. This is the restaurant many locals take out-of-towners to show them classic vicentino cuisine. Good food, hefty price tag.
  • Ristorante Ponte delle BeleContra’ Ponte delle Bele, 5.

Drink

Local Products

Like other places in the Veneto—and increasingly, the rest of Italy—Vicenza’s drinks of choice are the spritz and the prosecco. Spritz is originally an Austrian invention, owing to the region’s former status as a part of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire. Although there are as many versions of the drink as there are bars in the Veneto, the most common versions in Vicenza are made with prosecco, a splash of soda, Aperol or Campari, and a slice of orange. Spritz Aperol tends to be sweeter, while Spritz Campari tends to be more bitter. Prosecco, Italy’s version of sparkling white wine, is cheap and common in the city due to its close proximity to the prosecco-producing areas in the northeast namely Asolo, Conegliano and Valdobiaddene. Much like champagne (just don’t call it “Italian champagne”!) the best prosecco tend to be smooth, producing smaller and more refined bubbles. Unlike champagne, prosecco tends to be cheap regardless of quality. Both drinks are usually consumed as aperitivi, but it isn’t uncommon to drink only spritz or prosecco on a night out.

Grappa is also a local product, with production concentrated in the northern hills close to Bassano del Grappa or in the Colli Berici. It is usually consumed as a digestif or as a coffee-fortifier (“caffe corretto”). It is a strong liquor, but there tends to be little binge-drinking associated with it among the Italians. Every fall, the city hosts Distillerie Aperte, conducting tours and tastings of the best distilleries in the area.

Although not as big as say production in Piemonte or Toscana, wine is still a major produce in the region. The two most important variants are the Recioto from Gambellara and the Tai Rosso from the Colli Berici. Both are labelled DOC, the Recioto receiving the highest and prestigious appellation DOCG. For those who want to know more about these wines, the Strada del Vino Colli Berici and the Strada del Recioto link many of the province’s best producers and provides opportunities to taste local wines alongside local produce and local countrysides.

Night Life

There isn’t much in terms of night life in Vicenza per se, but the city is hardly dead on Friday nights and weekends. Although the city can get downright depressing on winter nights, spring and summer signal an explosion of merriment, when young people come out again and fill the city’s bars and clubs.

In the historic center, the Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Contra Pescheria Vecchia are the liveliest, with big groups of young people hanging around until late hours on weekends. Clubbing is an unknown activity in the center, instead concentrated in the SR 11/SS 46 intersection (about ten minutes from the historic center). Although a great place for a night out, featuring lively and sometimes packed clubs and live music, caution in this part of town should be exercised due to a moderate rate of crime associated with drugs, prostitution, illegal cabs, as well as general disturbance caused by public intoxication. Nevertheless, it is a relatively safe place for a night out.

For English-speaking guests looking to make friends with local Italians, there is an English Speaking Hour every Thursday from 9PM until closing. The location changes frequently, so check out the group’s Facebook page   for current information. It is not unusual to make friends on a Thursday and find yourself on a hike or excursion with your new-found friends two days later.

Where to stay in Vicenza

Budget

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Hostel „Olimpico”

  • Ostello di VicenzaV. Giuriolo, 9 ,  fax+39 0444 54776217.00€ (with common bath), 20.00€ (with private bath).
  • Camping VicenzaStrada Pelosa, 239, 36100 – Vicenza (VI) (2 km south east, located at the exit of the Vicenza-East tollgate).

Mid-range

  • Hotel Campo Marzio Viale Roma, 21, Vicenza. Tel +39 0444 545700 Fax.+39 0444 320495 Email info@hotelcampomarzio.it. Special Offers and direct Booking. The Hotel Campo Marzio, located just 20 meters from the pedestrian zone and 200 meters from the railway station, easy to reach, is the most central 4-star hotel in Vicenza with free parking. The Campo Marzio’s position will allow you to discover the main attractions of the city. Monuments, museums, shops and restaurants are all within easy reach, including Piazza dei Signori with the Basilica Palladiana (500 metres). Hotel Campo Marzio offers an Internet Point in the hall, and ADSL high-speed WiFi in all rooms. The reception, open 24 hours, is serviced by a multilingual staff, always available to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
  • Vicenza Tiepolo HotelViale S. Lazzaro, 110.  The NH Jolly Tiepolo is a modern and elegant structure, built in 2000. The location between the exhibition centre, shopping district and the historical district, makes the hotel the perfect place whether you are travelling for business or leisure purposes.
  • Hotel CastagnaVia Archimede,2 – 36041 Alte di Montecchio Maggiore ,  fax+39 0444 499 677 .
  • Hotel VictoriaStrada Padana verso Padova, 52 – 36100 ,  fax+39 0444 912570 .
  • G Boutique HotelVia Antonio Giuriolo 10, Piazza Matteotti.  A relatively cheap yet seriously cool hotel located just a few steps from Palazzo Chericati.
  • Hotel ViestVia Uberto Scarpelli, 41 – 36100 Vicenza (VI) ,   Viest hotel is located right outside the Vicenza Est Highway exit, only 8 minutes from the city center. It offers comfortable rooms and suites, conference spaces, a restaurant and pizzeria, a private garden with pool and a brand new spa with body treatments.

Splurge

Agriturismo

The agriturismo (or operating farms with a functioning B&B) movement is as popular in Vicenza as it is in the rest of Italy. The idea is that instead of a holiday rental in an urban area, vacationers stay and enjoy the Italian countryside as guests in these farms, which provide rooms as well as meals and tours to the surrounding countrysides. Accommodations range from simple rooms in converted farmhouses to grand rooms in ancient villas that dot the surrounding landscape. In addition to enjoying accommodations with friendly locals in a relatively bucolic setting, guests also get an opportunity to try local specialties with ingredients grown by the farm or by farmers in the surrounding area. For more information on agriturismo and to book a stay, click on this   link.

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Go next

  • Bassano del Grappa A beautiful small town 45 minutes north known for Palladio’s wooden bridge, grappa, white asparagus, and Jacopo Bassano.
  • Marostica A walled town 30 minutes north known for its biannual human chess game.
  • Recoaro Terme A spa town an hour northwest situated in the middle of dreamy, mist-covered mountains.
  • Asiago A mountain city an hour and a half north known for cheese and miles of cross-country skiing lanes.
  • Pasubio The highest mountains in the Prealpi Vicentini, come here for remarkable WWI ruins such as the 52 Gallerie, fresh cheese from mountain-top malghe and sorpressa, the local Vicentine salami.
  • Folgaria The closest major alpine skiing resort, about 90 minutes northwest.
  • Montagnana A walled town about 40 minutes south that hosts a big prosciutto festival as well as a palio every August.
  • Colli Euganeii Padova’s version of the Colli Berici, containing ancient volcanoes and ancient towns such as Arcua Petraraca (Petrarch’s resting place) and the walled towns of Monselice and Este.
  • Cittadella and Castelfranco Small walled towns on the way to Treviso, with Castelfranco playing host to Giorgione’s Pala di Madonna
  • Padua Giotto’s Renaissance masterpiece, St. Anthony’s cathedral, the first botanical garden in the world, and the second oldest university in the world. A great nightlife to boot.
  • Verona
  • Lake Garda, although Lake Ledro is as stunning with much less tourists, albeit much, much smaller.
  • Venice
  • Ferrara

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In the Vatican, seven other members of the pope’s Swiss Guard tested positive for the corona virus . This increased the number of demonstrably infected guardsmen to eleven, as the Swiss Guard announced on Thursday. All infected people had been isolated, the message said. The brightly uniformed guards protect Pope Francis and his residence.

A major corona outbreak among the guards could therefore also be dangerous for the Pope, 83 years of age belongs to the risk group. The Argentinean pope had part of his right lung removed at the age of 21 due to severe pneumonia but he is considered relatively healthy for his age.

The Catholic media platform “Vatican News” reported in early October that the guardsmen had been asked to “be careful when dealing with the Pope” because of Corona. Face mask and social distancing are required, however a young man who was interviewed about his recruit swearing in (October 4th) said that Francis had already shaken his hand.

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Corona measures in Italy – Italy reacts to the 2nd Wave of Covid-19

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Italy introduced a nationwide facemask requirement in the open due to the increase in new infections. If you don’t wear a mask when leaving your apartment, you risk a fine of up to one thousand euros, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte recently announced. You do not need to wear a face mask when you are doing sport. The regulations do not apply in private rooms or in places where only one family is staying. Children under six years of age are also exempt from this obligation.

In view of the rising numbers, Italy’s Minister of Health Roberto Speranza also ordered mandatory tests for travelers from Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Another measure taken by the government shows how deep the shock of the first wave of more than 30,000 deaths still sits: It passed a law that prohibits the Italian regions from adopting measures that are less restrictive than those taken by Rome. However, you have the option of setting even stricter rules. Some regions, such as Lazio and Campania, had already decided that the public must wear a facemask.

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Lombardy Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Italy

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Lombardy or Lombardia is a northern region of Italy, and with 10 million people is the most populous one. Producing 1/5th of Italy’s GDP, it is also the mightiest economically. Geographically, Lombardy encompasses both Alps and Prealps in the north, and relatively flat plains in the south along the river Po and its tributaries. Between them there are many scenic lakes, and the alpine backdrop makes even the low-lying cities picturesque and the air rather fresh.

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Lombardy is heavily industrialized, although most of the industry is actually not heavy, but rather mid-sized specialized machinery-building and other assembly and engineering firms, as well as consumer industries such as foodstuffs and apparel. The regional capital, Milan, is Italy’s second-largest city and the foremost centre of commerce and a global fashion capital. Smaller cities also have considerable economic might, and have had so for many centuries, hence Lombardy is the region of Italy with the most UNESCO World Heritage List sites – and simply, a lot of history and scenic views to explore and enjoy.

  1. Lombardian Alps and Prealps (provinces of Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio)
  2. Lake Como (provinces of Como and Lecco)
  3. Southern Lombardy (provinces of Cremona, Lodi, Mantova and Pavia)
  4. Grande Milano (provinces of Milan and Monza and Brianza)
  5. Varese

Cities

  • Milan (Milano, the capital of the province) – shares with Paris the title of fashion capital of the world, and is Italy’s second city.
  • Bergamo – a fairytale pastel-coloured city perched atop a hillside, and the gate to Bergamo Alps
  • Brescia – a major industrial powerhouse since the Ancient Roman times, and a UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Como – the city that gave the name to the popular lake
  • Cremona – home of Stradivarius violins, but also a wealth of ornate romanesque architecture
  • Lecco – a little and charming city situated on Como’s lake.
  • Mantua (Italian: Mantova) – the Ducal Palace has a cycle of frescoes by Mantegna that no art lover should miss.
  • Sondrio – the northernmost provincial capital situated amidst alpine mountain ranges
  • Varese – capital of the namesake province full of lakeside resorts, just 30 minutes from Malpensa airport

Other destinations

  • The magnificent lakes of Lake Como – take boat trips in the shadow of the Alps to the picturesque villages of BellagioVarenna and Tremezzo – Lake MaggioreLake Garda and Lake Lugano.
  • The tiny village of Erbusco, home of the award-winning wines of Franciacorta and L’Albereta, the country inn of Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s premier chefs
  • Moltrasio
  • The peninsula of Sirmione, on the south shore of Lake Garda
  • The Caves of Catullo, an archaeological site of a former Roman villa situated on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula
  • The Sirmione Spa, the largest privately owned thermal treatment centre in Italy
  • Val Camonica : UNESCO heritage site, medieval towns, castles, holy art in churches, roman sanctuary and theatre/amphitheatre, ski sports.
  • Oltrepò Pavese : Wine region in the utmost southern part of Lombardy, 70km from Milan, part of the Pavia province, medieval towns, castles, stunning views.

Understand

The Longobardis occupied the Peninsula in the 6th century, and the territory has been named after them ever since.

Lombardy is a prosperous region with fertile soil and a temperate climate. As in Piedmont, the Po Valley is the site of much heavy industry. High mountains in the north, marking Italy’s frontier with Switzerland, provide excellent skiing and climbing.

Get in

By plane

Three of Italy’s four busiest airports are in Lombardy:

  • Milan Malpensa Airport is an intercontinental airport, and Italy’s second aviation hub after Rome Fiumicino. It has multiple direct connections to Africa, Asia and North America, as well as across Europe, where it is served by both full-service and low-fare carriers.
  • Milano Linate is Milan’s city airport, served by business-oriented flights to European major commercial centres, as well as a dense Italian domestic network.
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport is served almost exclusively by low-fare carriers, taking advantage of its proximity to both Milan and the Alps.

Despite only Linate being in the city and province of Milan, all three airports are marketed as serving the city. One can easily get to other destinations in the province from them, without necessarily changing in Milan. There is also a small airport in Brescia, which in recent years has seen next to no scheduled traffic.

Travel by train to Lombardy

Road and train links connect the region with Switzerland. As Switzerland is not part of the EU, there is a possibility that you will be delayed by checks at the border, although these are infrequent and usually not rigorous. Remember your passport.

Get around

There is a relatively dense railway network connecting cities and towns in Lombardy, although the layout is intricate and getting from one place to another may not be straightforward. You should be able to reach your destination within 1 or 2 hours by train. Otherwise, buses and minibuses link important destinations, especially those popular with tourists. Hubs are usually in regional centres, as well as near major railway stations and airports; you can try to change there if there are no direct connections. Regional train network is entirely managed by Trenord.

Regione Lombardia offers a good travel planner that lets you query the whole public transportation system.

If you plan to travel a lot, it might be worth buying a io viaggio ovunque in Lombardia pass ticket. Those tickets let you travel without limit on the entire public transport system in Lombardy, including regional trains, buses and city public transportation systems, but excluding some ferry boat lines. Although expensive, they can easily be a cheaper option than regular tickets if you travel long distances. Passes are sold at railway stations (at ticket box or automatic vending machines) and at ATM automatic vending machines. You can buy 1, 2, 3 or 7 day passes (16€, 27€, 32.5€, 43€ respectively – February 2020).

The railway company Trenord offers some good travel packages, under the Trenord Free Time name. The package usually includes a ticket to an attraction or a trip proposal and a train ticket to get to the destination. Most of them are really useful only if you depart from Milan. It’s worth to take a look at the offers as they can also suggest you some new or lesser known itinerary that you may like.

As the Autostrada A4 runs across Lombardy, with the road system radiating from its junctions, you can get around by car as well. The A4 frequently gets congested though and traffic jams can be long and excruciating, especially around Milan. Be aware that Italians drive fast and make no allowances for foreigners, so be sure you are OK with keeping up with the traffic and occasional displays of impatience from other drivers.

Milan, Bergamo and Brescia have efficient and extensive public transportation systems.

What to see in 

Do

  • Milan Fashion Weeks draw crowds of fashionistas to Milan every year.
  • La Scala in Milan is a mecca for opera aficionados.
  • You can enjoy water sports or more relaxed boating on the lakes.
  • The Alps offer opportunities for hiking or skiing.

Eat

Lombardy’s most famous culinary inventions are minestrone soup and osso buco (literally “ox knuckles”). To the west of Milan lie miles of rice fields, where the rice for risotto alla milanese is grown. Other typical dishes of the area include salumi (cold cuts) and polenta.

As in many other areas of Northern Italy, the aperitivo (pre-meal drink with appetisers, for which a small supplement might be charged) is very popular.

Drink

The wineries in Franciacorta, around Erbusco, produce many excellent wines. The region has been elevated to the status of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Other remarkable zones for wine are Oltrepò Pavese (which is the zone around Pavia on the south banks of Po river) and the countrysides around Garda Lake.

Valtellina also produces excellent wines, famous for their strong taste and flavour.

As every big city in the world, Milan has also many high quality restaurants, wine bars and Enoteche (wine store) where you can find high class wines from all over the world.

Where to stay in Lombardy

Large cities, like Milan, Bergamo or Brescia, are important business centres, so they have sizeable bases of business-oriented hotels. They are local hubs with connections to destinations within their provinces, and getting between them is also reasonably quick via a variety of means of transportation (trains, express buses or cars across the A4). Do note that accommodation in Milan is generally expensive, and prices skyrocket during major events or fairs, such as the Milan Fashion Week.

Destinations along the lines of the lakes, as well as those in the Alps, are popular with tourists, so you will find a variety of accommodation options there, from luxurious resort hotels to simple B&Bs.

Stay safe in Lombardy

While Milan features many of the usual tourist traps and con acts, as well as sizeable number of pickpockets due to the number of tourists there, other destinations are generally safe, and you can feel secure and welcome there. Do note, however, that in case you need to contact the police they can have very limited English skills and also may not be able to help foreigners much.

Go next

To the east is Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto, to the south is Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont is to the south and west. Switzerland lies to the north.

Current Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy

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Timeline of Covid-19 Infections in Italy, Lombardy

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