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Basilica Palladiana
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Ranked #7 of 161 things to do in Vicenza
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Owner description: The Palladian Basilica is a public building facing onto the Piazza dei Signori. Its name is linked to Andrea Palladio, who redesigned it, adding the famous loggias with serliana openings in white marble to the existing Gothic building. The building on which Palladio worked was the Palazzo della Ragione, built in Gothic style in the mid-fifteenth century. The upper floor is entirely taken up by an enormous hall with no intermediate supports, where the Council of the Four Hundred met. The copper-lined, inverted ship’s-hull roof was inspired by that of the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua. The Gothic facade was originally clad with diamonds of red and straw yellow Verona marble, which are still visible behind Palladio’s addition. A loggia surrounding the building was commissioned after its completion, but continually delayed due to various structural difficulties and the nature of the ground beneath. At the beginning of the sixteenth century the double order of porticoes and loggias, though not complete, collapsed. The Council called on many leading architects of the time to resolve the difficult problem of its reconstruction. They included Jacopo Sansovino, Sebastiano Serlio and Giulio Romano. The project was awarded to Andrea Palladio (1508-80) in 1549, following a competition, and he worked on it for the rest of his life. It was completed posthumously in 1614. The reconstructed building was called a basilica by Palladio himself, who had been inspired by the model of the Roman basilica for civic use. The building has three independent exhibition spaces that are used to host architecture and art exhibitions of international renown.
Reviewed September 14, 2013

After years of restoration, the Basilica is open to the public.
For the first time I went up to the roof thanks to the comfortable interior stairs. There is also the elevator for who can't do the stairs.
Access to the basilica is limited by volunteers as not to crowd the rooms of the beautiful monument. I waited 15 minutes to enter the monument. On the roof of the Basilica there is a small bar and same tables. In the evening there are concerts of jazz or live music suitable to the elegant place. The terrace is very large and going around you can see the view of all the city, from Piazza dei Signori to the church of Monte Berico. I drank a classical Spritz and I enjoyed the beautiful sunset, in the shadow of the bell tower and the lion of San Marco, the symbols of the historic Venetian domination in Vicenza and all the areas around. This place is an unique view of the beautiful Vicenza.

Date of experience: September 2013
4  Thank Federicoangelo
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Going up top to the terrace of this great building is awesome.
The views are fantastic, and the ambience in the evenings under the stars ........romantic.
I am glad they have opened up this historical building during the summer.
It should be a must on list of things to do when visiting Vicenza.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank Yorubaprincess
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very intersting place to see. So much history and beautiful architecture. Probably on of the most famous place in Vicenza.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank MFranchi
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Basilica has been recently updated and promoted outside the region. Earlier this year they had a wonderful Art Exhibition there also. If you want to really experience it at its best visit at night when it is all lit up. Just a beautiful sight!.You have to pay to actually enter, but if you dont want to do that the external view is well worthwhile.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Sara C
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

One of the most famous buildings of Andrea Palladio! In 1546-1549 he rebuilt City Hall of Vicenza (Palazzo della Ragione) in his distinctly organized and harmonic style and from that time it is called Basilica Palladiana. Nowadays a lot of interesting and well-known exhibitions are held here.

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank NVV
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