Vicenza territory: the heart of art in Veneto
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When we think of Veneto – this applies especially for foreigners – we think of cities like Venezia, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We may also think about Verona for its magnificent history and Garda Lake, a very famous tourist destination.
In this region, there are many other areas that are also famous, for example, Belluno, Treviso, Padova and Rovigo.
Today we will tell you about a Veneto area that can be considered the heart of art in the region: Vicenza and his territory. Furthermore, the province of Vicenza is one of the biggest Italian centers of manufacture, the fourth city in Italy in the export ranking.
Vicenza is situated in the center of an area bounded by the pre-Alps – Piccole Dolomiti, Altopiano di Asiago, Massiccio del Grappa – by Colli Iberici, the Agno and Alpone valleys and Astico, Bacchiglione and Brenta rivers.
The Vicenza territory is a mix of art, history and cuisine.
Let’s see together some of the things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Vicenza and its territory.
First, let’s talk about Vicenza, fourth city of the region by number of inhabitants and chief town of its province.
Due to its cultural background, Vicenza is an international tourist destination. There is a deep link between the city and Andrea Palladio, an Italian renaissance architect who designed many famous buildings in this area. Due to this, Vicenza has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The province is full of small and medium companies specialized in high-quality products made in Italy: indeed it’s the fourth area in Italy for export revenue.
The fashion industry is one of the most productive sectors. Some of the best brands make their products right here: Bottega Veneta, Valentino Fashion Group, Dainese, Diesel, Aeronautica Militare, Marzotto, Campagnolo, GAS, Giuliana Teso, Cape Horn, Pal Zileri, and Grifoni.
Furthermore, Vicenza is also called Città dell’Oro (City of Gold), because it boasts the production of one-third of all the Italian gold processing, and it’s the headquarter of an important trade fair of the sector. The history of Vicenza and its gold starts from the artisan’s workshops in the 14th century, where Arte dei Maestri Orafi di Vicenza (The Arts of Masters Goldsmith of Vicenza) created high-quality jewelry for the members of aristocracy and Church, and later on evolved in industries.
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What you can see and do in Vicenza:
- Eat good food: the Vicenza cuisine is rich in simple traditional dishes, made with the seasonal products of the territory. Bisi di Lumignano, Bassano’s white asparagus, di Breganze’s torre sani, Asiago cheeses, Marostica cherries, Grumolo delle Abbadesse’s rice, Rotzo’s potato, Rubbio’s celery, i tartufi a Nanto’s truffle, Creazzo’s broccoli, la mostarda di Montecchio Maggiore’s mustard, Valli del Pasubio’ soppressa, gnocchi with fioreta of Recoaro Terme, and many others. These are just some of the best dishes and specialties you can taste here. However, the most typical dish remains Vicentina baccalà.
- Drink good wine: the wine tradition is not secondary to the cuisine tradition. This area boasts an important tradition in the wine production.
- Palladian Villas: as we said before, Palladian Villas are the main attractions and you can see many of them here. For example, you can visit Villa Godi Malinverni (in Lugo di Vicenza), the first Villa designed by Andrea Palladio in 1542 and included in the World Heritage of Unesco; or you can visit Villa Valmarana ai Nani and Villa La Rotonda, as well as many others.
- Besides, there are many attractions you don’t want to miss: the Olympic Theater – the first and more ancient stable covered theater of the Modern Age- Palazzo Chiericati, which houses a collection of paintings, sculptures and applied arts from the thirteenth century to the 2000 – Barbaran Da Porto Palace, Thiene Palace and the Basilica Pallasiana – included in the Unesco World Heritage- and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Bianco.
Do you want to visit the Vicenza territory?
You can discover the beauty of this area, which is the beating heart of Veneto, finding the tours and itineraries Confartigianato of Vicenza made for you.
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Asiago is a small municipality of 6000 inhabitants in the province of Vicenza. Asiago is the main center of the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, known as Altopiano di Asiago.
This area is very famous for 4 reasons:
- The Battle of the Plateaus was fought here in 1916, during the First World War, between the Italian army and the Austro-Hungarian. In these places, you can find museums and memorials dedicated to the war. For example, Museo delle Forze Armate, Forte Corbin– one of the fortresses of the Italian defense line on the Prealpi Vicentine – and the Asiago military Memorial – also known as Leiten Memorial.
- Summer tourism: hiking and mountain bike.
- Winter tourism: it’s a very famous area for nordic skiing.
- Dairy products: the Asiago cheese is a delicacy as well as a symbol of the Vicenza province. With the organized tours to the dairies, visitors can see and learn how dairy products and cheeses are made and taste the best ones.
Marostica is one of the most evocative medieval villages in Italy, and it’s famous for the chess game where people act as chess pieces. It takes place every two years in the city square on the second week of September. The amazing Piazza degli Scacchi is the scene of a performance in which it has revived the story of the Castellano of Marostica’s daughter and the young Rinaldo d’Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara, who are competing for the hand of the beautiful Lionora.
Marostica is also famous for Ciliegia di Marostica (Marostica cherry), an IGP product. This is the first kind of cherry receiving the IGP certificate, which guarantees a production only in this geographical area.
In this part of the Vicenza territory, you can also visit traditional craft factories such as distilleries, or the very famous Museo della Grappa, as well as handmade ceramic factories.
Bassano del Grappa
Bassano del Grappa is one of the most populated cities of Veneto and Vicenza territory. It’s famous for the food and wine tradition: you can’t miss asparagus and baccalà and obviously the grappa.
Ponte Vecchio is the main attraction of Bassano: also known as Ponte degli Alpini, it was designed by Andrea Palladio. The structure is made in wood to ensure the elasticity able to counteract the impetuosity of the Brenta river.
Nearby Bassano del Grappa there is another place to visit: it’s name is Nove and it is a small village of fewer than 5000 inhabitants. Nove is the City of Ceramic, and it’s worldwide known for its ceramic, since ‘700. The history of Nove began in 1752, due to tax aids claimed by Pasquale Antonibon, and since then many important manufacturers were born in this village.
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