Piazza dei Signori is the heart of Vicenza’s Old Town. In this charming town square you can admire some of the city’s architectural landmarks. Relax on the outdoor terrace of the Basilica Palladiana with a coffee or visit one of the weekly markets. The square dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. The name it bears today was given during the Renaissance, when the Signoria, the governing body in the Venetian Republic, ruled Vicenza.
Description: Basilica Palladiana /picture source: Shutterstock/;
The square is dominated by the Andrea Palladio-designed Basilica Palladiana. The original construction dates back to the 15th century and was known as the “Palazzo della Reggione”, which housed the city’s administration until the 16th century. The most remarkable thing in the basilica is the loggia, which gives an idea of the so-called a window by Palladio, whose works had a significant influence on architecture during the Renaissance. Today, a number of exhibitions and public events are organized in the building. Do not miss the Torre Bissara – a tall clock tower dating from the 12th century.
Another remarkable building in Piazza dei Signori is the Loggia del Capitanio. It was also designed by Andrea Palladio and dates from the mid-16th century. It is characterized by red bricks on the facade and large columns. If you look closely, you may find carvings of mythological gods and symbolic characters. Inside you will find late Renaissance frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo.
Description: Loggia del Capitaniato /picture source: Shutterstock/;
In the square you will also find two columns in the Corinthian style, topped with statues of the Lion of San Marco and Christ the Redeemer. The column with the lion, which symbolizes the Republic of Venice, was built first. A century later, the second column was built, erected in honor of Vicenza and the inhabitants of the city.
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