Being the focus of Italy’s “Silicon Valley” and a major producer of steel, textiles, gold and jewellery, VICENZA is one of Italy’s main wealth-generators, even if the economic malaise that has afflicted Italy in recent years has had a visible impact here. In 1404 Vicenza was absorbed by Venice, and the city’s numerous Gothic palaces reflect its status as a Venetian satellite. But in the latter half of the sixteenth century the city was transformed by the work of an architect who owed nothing to Venice and was to influence every succeeding generation; Andrea di Pietro, alias Palladio. Within the girdle of industrial estates and factories, a lot of the centro storico looks much as it did when the Palladio’s buildings were constructed. This historic core is compact enough to be explored in a day, but the city and its environs really require a short stay to do them justice.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Italy features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

Where to find the best beaches in Italy

Where to find the best beaches in Italy

From secluded coves to lively seafronts, there are plenty of places to sun worship in Italy. But with an increasing number of hotels charging for access to the …

20 Jul 2017 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
Video: the 1 minute guide to Italy

Video: the 1 minute guide to Italy

Italy has long been one of Europe's most popular destinations. From the magnificent remnants of ancient Rome to the coolest in contemporary culture, secret beac…

08 Jun 2017 • Colt St. George videocam Video
Why Turin should be your next foodie break

Why Turin should be your next foodie break

Not so long ago, Turin (Torino) – Italy’s great northern powerhouse – was largely ignored by tourists, unfairly dismissed as little more than a giant Fiat…

26 May 2017 • Edward Aves insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month