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Vicenza Walks: Piazza dei Signori

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Vicenza Walks: Piazza dei Signori

Story, photos and video by Tom Weber

view inside the loggia of the Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza, Italy
View inside the loggia of the Basilica Palladiana – Vicenza, Italy

ecently, the City of Vicenza threw open the doors to its iconic Basilica Palladiana and started welcoming the public inside, at no charge, to explore the rooftop and the wrap-around loggia (mezzanine). And, I took advantage and had one of the best walks imaginable.

bird's-eye-view of the Loggia del Capitaniato - Vicenza, Italy
View down to the Loggia del Capitaniato (c) – Vicenza, Italy

For me, it was a long-awaited opportunity to rise above the crowd with my camera and take a few bird's-eye view shots of my favorite spot in my adopted city – the grand and ornate Piazza dei Signori in the Centro Storico (Old Town Center).

bird's-eye view of Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy
Bird's-eye view of Piazza dei Signori – Vicenza, Italy

This piazza (square) was originally named the Foro Romano when the city was ruled from afar by the Roman Empire, then changed to Piazza Grande during the Middle Ages, and finally to Piazza dei Signori during the Renaissance when Vicenza fell under the scrutiny of the Signoria, the governing body of the Republic of Venice.

a cocktail with a view - Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy
An aperitivo with a view – Piazza dei Signori – Vicenza, Italy

Today, Piazza dei Signori hosts the weekly Tuesday and Thursday open-air markets, fills the night with concerts in a variety of musical genres throughout the year, showcases festivals for just about every occasion, and is the epicenter for Vicentini out for a stroll or a pre-dinner aperitivo (cocktail) with friends.

brick columns adorn the entryway into Loggia del Capitaniato - Vicenza, Italy
Brick columns adorn the entryway into Loggia del Capitaniato – Vicenza, Italy

A rectangular square measuring 28-meters wide by 122-meters long, it's surrounded by architectural marvels including Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio's aforementioned Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitaniato, along with Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Chiesa di San Vincenzo, Torre Bissara and the Lion of St. Mark and Christ the Redeemer columns.

Torre Bissara rises above Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy
Torre Bissara rises above Piazza dei Signori – Vicenza, Italy

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piazza dei Signori is the perfect place to begin getting acquainted with Vicenza, the "City of Palladio."

Related Articles:
Monte Berico; Vicenza: The City of Palladio; Basilica Palladiana; Riviera di Ulisse; The Little Village Atop the Hill (Castelluccio di Norcia); Norcia, Umbria; Cape of Circeo, Italy; Piovene Rocchette, Italy; Northern Italy

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

--- David

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

--- Raoul, Whittier, CA

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

--- David

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

--- John, Los Angeles, CA

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Feedback for Destination Southwestern France: Saint-Émilion

Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance, we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!

--- Bobby Harper, Dameron, MD

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Feedback for Vicenza Walks – Monte Berico

I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to 1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladio’s works are amazing. Have been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO where I have some wonderful photos of my family.

--- Dr. Albert Pizzi, Hanover, MA

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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)

Took me back to the plaza.

--- Bill

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Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still possible to travel the Francigena trail?

--- Pawel

You can find out more info on walking tours of Via Francigena at this site: Thanks for stopping by and commenting..


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Good article, enjoyed reading it. Saved your recommended sights for future use.

--- Dardenne Prairie, MO

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You're going to be great at this Tom. Congrats.

--- Donna Vissa -Montreal

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