Lake Garda Italy

Desenzano del Garda

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Here you can get useful travel information for Northern Italy. This travel guide is built with Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda Italy, as the base and it shows you daytrips you can take from there.

Lake Garda Italy

Desenzano del Garda

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The Architectural Splendour of Vicenza

Vicenza Italy

The city of Vicenza is located 60km west of Venice and approximately 100km from Lake Garda. It is the capital city of the province and has around 115,000 inhabitants. It is a popular city for visitors, mainly for it fabulous buildings. Architect Andrea Palladio designed many of the city’s finest buildings, palaces and villas in the city during the late 16th century. The Gold Exposition takes place here three times a year in January, May and September.

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One of the most lovely attractions is the Villa Almerico Capra, also called La Rotunda. It is just outside the downtown area and is now a preserved UNESCO site. It was built in grand style for Paulo Almerico in 1565 upon his retirement as a priest from the Vatican. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, it sits grandly on the hillside with wonderful views. The interior is even more fabulous, with a circular hall topped by a domed ceiling and cupola. The frescoes in the main salon are quite exquisite, along with the religious scenes in the West Salon or Holy Room. The carved mantels, ornamental moldings and colourful frescoes are breathtaking.

The Basilica Palladiana is in the Piazza dei Signori and is a huge building with an impressive loggia and clock tower. It was the seat of government and Palladio spent much of his life reconstructing it to the form you see today. The Vicenza Cathedral dates back to the early 11th century and is well worth visiting to see the numerous pictures and sculptures within. Vicenza produced several world-famous artists including Cittadello, Celestia, Liberi and Ruschi whose works can all be found in the Cathedral here. The Churches of Carmini and St Catherine also possess some notable pictures.

The lovely Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare is a grand square building in the city of Vicenza. It was designed by Palladio but was built after his death. The final buildings to be enjoyed on your visit are the Torre Bisara or Clock Tower built in 1224-1446, the public library, founded by Bertolo, and the Pinacotheca Civica with a collection of paintings in the Palazzo Chiericati by Palladio.