Vicenza is an art and industrial city in northern Italy with 115 927 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2010). It is located in the region Veneto, about 60 km northwest of Venice and 200 km east of Milan. It is the capital of the province of Vicenza. The city is famous for its jewelery – and clothing industry and to the works of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, earning it the status of a UNESCO world heritage eintrugen. Vicenza is one of the richest cities in Italy. The German partner city is Pforzheim.
The city has a large number of buildings from the 15th to 18 Century, of which the best known of Andrea Palladio come, like the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto. The Villa La Rotonda and the Basilica are two major works of Palladio, as well as the Teatro Olimpico for the first post-antique free-standing theater buildings in Europe from his hand. 1994 was the Best Vicenza as the “City of Palladio” in the list of UNESCO world heritage one. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the city center, and is thus now the “City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of Veneto”.
The center is the main square, the Piazza dei Signori dominated. The Basilica, with its distinctive barrel vault is not really a basilica in the classic sense, but the builder so after an antique model name. Overlooked is the site of an impressive tower, the Torre di Piazza, reaching almost 80 m high and 12 from the Century dates.