Nestled at the foot of the Berici Hills, Vicenza is an open-air museum. The visit to the historic center can start from Piazza dei Signori with its extraordinary perspective view. Here is the Palladian Basilica, the most sublime expression of Palladio's genius, who had the intuitionof wrapping the ancient Palazzo della Ragione with a Renaissance building. Just in front of it the Loggia del Capitaniato features an elegant brick and stone facade. Within walking distance you will find the Olympic Theater. Designed by Palladio in 1580 using the same plant as the ancient Greek theaters, it is the oldest stable modern theater. Just outside the old town and within walking distance of our hotel there are Villa La Rotonda, an emblem of harmony and balance, and Villa Ai Nani, set in a panoramic position overlooking the Berici Hills.
Set along the banks of Adige river, the city of Romeo and Juliet offers many historic and architectural treasures. You can start your visit from Juliet's famous balcony, heading then to to the medieval Piazza delle Erbe and the nearby Piazza Dante with Palazzo della Ragione. Within a short walking distance Piazza Bra surprises with its dramatic perspective and the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre hosting the prestigious Summer Opera Season.
Home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe, Padua hosts precious art treasures such as the paintings by Giotto in the Cappella degli Scorvegni, and the Interior Hall in the thirteenth-century Palazzo della Ragione. Palazzo del Bo ', headquarter of the University, has other gems such as the Aula Magna and the Anatomical Theatre, a rare example of permanent structure for the study of anatomy.
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