A private tour in the heart of the Renaissance
Vicenza is the city of one of the most famous architects in Italian history, Andrea Palladio, and during the tour we can visit many of his marvellous creations: palazzos, monuments and the Teatro Olimpico, built in the late 16th century, the oldest covered theatre in the world based on a study of ancient Roman theatres.
You'll be amazed by the number of elegant streets, cafés and romantic corners you can find in Vicenza. Together with the Palladian villas, Vicenza is a Unesco World Heritage site.
* On Mondays, the main landmarks are closed.
* This tour can be matched with tour #404757 "The villas of Palladio and the paintings of Tiepolo".
This tour offers a perfect overview of the city center with its elegant Palladian homes: the palazzo Chiericati welcomes the visitors with its white facade insipired from the classicism, the refined small streets with their aristocratic magnificent palazzi dated from the Renaissance, and finally the main square framed by the majestic Basilica by Palladio that has been the town hall and the centre of the political local power for many centuries.
From its loggias it's possible to have a stunning overview of the city center and its typical red roofs.
We can end our tour at the theatre Olimpico, one of Vicenza's artistic wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This theatre is the absolute climax of the creativity of the architect Palladio, openly inspired by the Roman theatres. The trompe-l'œil onstage scenery gives the appearance of long streets receding to a distant horizon, a marvellous exemple of geometric perspective.
On demand we can visit the Church of Santa Corona, hosting masterpieces of Bellini.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Railway station or any spot in the city old center.
End location: Back to the railway station or to your hotel on request.
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - Entrance tickets to the theatre
I'm not a professional driver: I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Just finished an all-day tour of Vicenza with Daniela. She was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about history, architecture, and art. She answered all our questions and was a pleasing person with whom to spend time. You could not ask for a better guide! Her knowledge of the town was encyclopedic. She loves her home town, and her love shines. We recommend her without reservation! I wish I could do entire tour again, think I retained half of what she shared, but that half will have me dreaming of Palladio.