• Vicenza, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Vicenza, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto
  • Vicenza, Associazione Città Murate del Veneto

Historical Highlights

The city of Palladio, that already in Roman times it was surrounded by walls on the western side, started from the tenth century, the fortification of the urban, even if it was in position naturally protected from courses Bacchiglione and Retrone, as well as the Monte Berico south. The first curtain wall comprised the core within a nearly circular perimeter. Under the rule of the thirteenth century Ezzelino, post a free city, the walls was completed and reinforced by the construction of two forts on opposite, to protect the main street (the current Corso Palladio), Castle Tealdo ee fortification of Porta Feliciana. With Padovani, the eastern area of ​​the island was incorporated into the city walls, and built the Castle of S. Peter. In 1311 Can Grande della Scala took possession of the city. Under the rule of the Scala, that lasted until 1387, were extended to the defense of Castle Gate, while among the 1370 and the 1381 were surrounded by walls the suburbs outside of Porta Nuova and S. Peter. After the brief domination by the Visconti (1387-1404), Vicenza gave Venice, under which it remained until 1797. La Serenissima in the first half of the fifteenth century in the walls including the village Berga, while in 1509 were added by Bartolomeo D'Alviano on the north side, Port S. Croce Door S. Bortolo, five small semi-circular towers. In the sixteenth century there were also plans to modernize the defensive structures by Michele Sanmicheli, that were not realized, however,.


- Cinta Muraria (mura scaligere) (externally visible).
- Cinta muraria (Venetian walls) (externally visible).
- Castle Gate and High Tower (externally visible – the tower can be visited upon request to the 0444 594211).
- Torre di Porta Feliciana (externally visible).
- Tower of Loschi (externally visible).
- Tower of Torment, called "the Pool" (externally visible).
- Tower Square, this "Bissara" (externally visible).
- Castle of St. Peter (externally visible – ruins and trace the perimeter).
- Tower cushion (not visible).
- Hole Bridge (externally visible).
- Castello della Rocchetta (externally visible).
- Loggia Valmarana (externally visible).
- Palazzo Porto Breganze (externally visible).
- Palazzo Thiene (visits by appointment only - from October to April: Tuesday and Wednesday 9,00 – 12,00 and 15,00 – 18,00 - From May to September: Wednesday and Friday: 9,00 – 12,00 and 15,00 – 18,00, Saturday 9,00 – 12,00 – closed July, August and festivi – Tel.: 0444 542131).
- Palazzo Valmarana (externally visible).
- Church of San Lorenzo (lunedì Saturday 10,30 – 12,00 and 15,30 – 18,00 – Sundays and holidays 15,30 – 18,30).
- Cathedral (winter 10,30 – 12,00 and 15,30 – 18,00 - Period estivo 10,30 – 12,00 and 15,30 – 18,00).
- Campanile Tower (externally visible).
- Palladian Basilica – a venue for exhibitions (closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1st January).
- Case Bissari (externally visible).
- Loggia del Capitano (externally visible).
- Palace Trislaig – municipale headquarters (visible on demand).
- Palazzo Barbaro door (yes Martedì of Domenica. 10,00 – 18,00 – Tel.: 0444 4323014).
- Palazzo Iseppo door, Party time (not open).
- Palazzo da Schio, said Cà d'Oro (externally visible).
- Palazzo Sesso Zen (externally visible).
- Church of Santa Corona (Monday 16,00 – 18,00 – Tuesday to Friday 8,30 – 12,00 and 15,00 – 18,00 – Saturday and Sunday 15,00 – 17,00).
- Palace of the Territory (externally visible).
- Olympic Theatre (yes Martedì of Domenica 9,00 – 17,00 – July and August 9,00 – 19,00 – Tel.: 0444 222800).
- Palace Chiericati (martedì of the dal domenica 19 giungo al 30 September, 10,00 – 19,00 - From 1 October to 18 June, 9,00 – 17,00 - Tel.: 0444 325071).
- Ponte San Michele (externally visible).
- Burden del Luzo (externally visible).
- Chilean Palace (externally visible).
- Door of the Holy Cross (externally visible).
- Port of San Bortolo (externally visible).
- Porta Santa Lucia (externally visible).
- Church of St. Peter (everyday 9,00 – 12,00 and 16,00 – 19,00).
- Basilica of Monte Berico (Monday to Friday 8,00 – 12,30 and 14,30 – 18,00 – Saturday 8,00 – 12,30 and 14,30 – 18,30 – Sunday 8,00 – 12,00 and 14,30 – 19,00).


There are numerous events scheduled annually
Information at the site of the City Link “live Vicenza”.


The old town:
The tour can only start from one end of the original decumano (Today Corso Palladio), within the perimeter of the walls oldest. It starts from the complex of the Scaliger Castle, with Porta Castello, cease Torrione (private, visited on request, (such. 0444-594211) and on the right the Tower of Porta Feliciana, restored in the nineteenth century (before entering the city, Note on the left the Palladian Loggia Valmarana. In Piazza Castello facing the palaces Port Breganze, on the right) and Thiene, poi Bonin Longare), at the corner of Corso Palladio. Going through a short section of the main street, turn left on course Fogazzaro (Palazzo Valmarana, Palladio a destra), to reach the Franciscan Church of S. Lorenzo, with the adjoining convent. Returning to the Corso Palladio, cross it to get near the Gothic Cathedral, with the Romanesque bell tower. Nearby is the Torre dei Loschi, XIII del Secolo. Then you will come out to the streets of Herbs and Gentlemen, divided by the Palladian Basilica, contiguous to the south of the Tower of Torment or TL (XI secolo) and to the north of the Tower Square, Houses with Bissari, complex built in the twelfth century. Beyond the Palladian Loggia del Capitanio and Palazzo Trislaig, seat of the Municipality, designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi), you return to the course, to turn left on Contra Porti facing several Palladian palaces (Barbara door, Iseppo Da Porto, while on the next parallel are the palaces Da Schio, Thiene, Sesso-Zen. Back on the main street, with a digression on the left to reach the whole of the Church of S. Crown, Civic Museum in the cloister), contrà the same name, on the site of the Castle Tealdo. Corso Palladio ends in Piazza Matteotti, site of the Castle of S. Peter (traces of which remain in the scope) and the Tower of the '200 Coxina, which oversees the Bridge of Angels on Bacchiglione. On these remains today is the home of the Palace of the Territory, with the famous Teatro Olimpico. From Piazza Matteotti (where is located the Palazzo Chiericati, seat of the Pinacoteca Civica) you go back onto the main, to reach, through the square of the Blade, the medieval Ponte S. Michele, where you cross the river Retrone. It continues until the Venetian Porton Luzo, at the Chamber of palaces built on the structures of the Roman Theatre Berga. Dal Ponte Furo, considered of Roman origin) branched off the walls Southeast, that ended the Roman Bridge Boats. Note, su Viale Eretenio, Palace Civena, before ending the tour at the center of the city through Campo Marzo.
Additions external:
Before leaving Vicenza, it is interesting to follow the inner ring road, which coincides with sections of the fortified walls, that the addition scaligera perimetrava west of the village of S. Cross (or Porta Nuova, based on an orthogonal mesh of roads), in the region north di S. Bortolo, defense by Venetian walls designed by Bartolomeo d'Alviano, and to the east with the addition of the semi-circular walls of the village of S. Peter, arranged on a radially with origin at the Bridge of Angels. The southwest corner of the ring along the remains of the castle della Rocchetta, in 2001 in restauro), north instead of the walls, punctuated by towers strut, stood on the Gate S. Cross. Venetian walls of the two towers remain, one on the left bank of the Bacchiglione and the other not far from the Porta S. Bortolo at the hospital. Continuing on the east side, Via Legion Gallieno, you can see the old entrance door of S. Lucia, of 1369, altered from Venice in 500. Continue on along the lines of Scaliger walls remained, noting, inside the city, in Contrà S. Peter, the Church of S. Peter. Leaving the city, it is suggested to visit the Basilica of Monte Berico, which can be reached from the arcades of Muttoni, then continue to the Villa Valmarana “dei Nani” (Tiepolo's frescoes), to the famous Villa Capra La Rotonda.

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