Vicenza Mini Guide
Vicenza is a city in Italy which is about 60 km (40 miles) to the north west of Venice
. Therefore it makes a good base for trips to the amazing canal city. It is the capital of the province of Veneto. This is a large city of more than one hundred and fifteen thousand people. Car hire Vicenza customers also make use of our vehicles to go skiing in the nearby mountain ranges. In snowy weather you may want winter tires and chains to keep safe on the roads. But there is much to see in the city itself.
This is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant culture and good restaurants. The region is particularly famed for its wines, cheeses and fruits, so do not forget o have dessert! Vicenza has some incredible architecture, much of it created by famous resident Andrea Palladio who created the Palladian style that became fashionable in Europe, and especially the UK
, in the mid 18th century. Palladio gave the city some of its finest works, including the Basilica, the Palazzio Chiericati, the Captianiato Loggia and his own house, the Casa del Palladio. More of his elegant villas are scattered around the nearby countryside.
Other sites worth seeing are the Olympic Theatre which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city's industries include iron and steel, chemicals, machinery, food processing, textiles, furniture and glass. Around twenty per cent of Italy's jewellery business takes place in Vicenza with a great deal of gold jewellery made there.