Vicenza and the heritage of Palladio a world heritage of Unesco.,

Only half an hour by car far from Venice and Verona, from the Chiampo Valley and Vicenza you can reach all the other interesting places of the region.

Vicenza and the heritage of Palladio, a world heritage of Unesco.

Only half an hour by car far from Venice and Verona, from the Chiampo Valley and Vicenza you can reach all the other interesting places of the region.
Thanks to its strategic position, Vicenza and its province are the ideal starting point to discover the naturalistic and architectural beauties of the whole Region.

Staying in this city rich of charm and appeal travelers will discover many “gems”, some unexpected, which will leave unforgettable memories of this city appointed since 1994 as one of the World Heritages of UNESCO. Such award was given for the unique heritage of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance architect followed worldwide: palaces, monuments and villas framing the historic center and enriching the surrounding landscape.

Architecture and Art

Andrea PalladioVicenza is worldwide known as the city of Andrea Palladio, the most prolific and innovative architect of ‘500 and one of the greatest of all times, inspiration source for monumental works all over the world.
One of the most famous is Villa Almerico Capra, known as La Rotonda due to its circular plan, built with majestic beauty on a small hill just outside the city; or the Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), majestic symbol of the architectonic art of Palladio, which is today the most ancient indoor theatre in the world. Or more easily, just have a walk through the Historic Center of the city and cross walking through Corso Palladio and Piazza dei Signori, to breathe the beauty of the palaces directly designed and built by Palladio or showing the same magnificence and formal pureness.

Food and wine.

The local cuisine of Vicenza has its roots in a background rich of ancient tastes and great traditions, featured by a variety and richness of food which embraces all the aspects of the culinary good taste.
From the well-known “poenta e baccalà” to the “bigoli co l’arna”, from the “risi e bisi” to the traditional “paste e fasoi”, the local gastronomic offer won’t let down gourmets or tourists visiting the city. And the provincial offer is as much rich, from the Asparagus of Bassano to the precious Cheeses of Asiago.
Moreover Vicenza is a land of good wine, not only for the right appraisal of its inhabitants for the nectar of Bacchus, but mainly for the high quality wine production which is of great relevance in the province agriculture economy. Just think that the province of Vicenza produces alone more wine than a whole region, as much well-known as Friuli.

Spiritual paths and pilgrimages.

Besides the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Monte Berico standing out, with its unique shape, at the top of the hill which dominates the south-west part of the city of Vicenza, the hotel is located near the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Pieve, taking its origins around 1000 a.C.. Heart of all the Marian-religious movement developed in the recent decades it is now visited by around 850.000 pilgrims each year.

Close to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Pieve, the Grotto of Lourdes, built by Frà Claudio Granzotto and blessed at its inauguration on 29/09/1935, is the main appeal for believers, who were more than 200 thousands already in 1958 after the Lourdes Centenary.

Santuario Madonna della PieveIt is the heart of all the Marian-religious movement developed in the recent decades and reaching nowadays an annual flow of more than one million pilgrims. Built in concrete and iron in 1935 by Blessed Claudio Granzotto with devotion and expertise it is the faithful copy of the cave of Pyrenees in France. The statue of the Immaculate in marble of Carrara was carved by the Blessed who instilled his deep veneration of the Virgin into the marble. During the construction of the Grotto, when it seemed to be interrupted due to insuperable difficulties and to remain a crashed dream, Blessed Claudio predicted: “This Grotto will become a prayer place and many people will come over here… “Blessed Claudio built it with devotion and expertise as the faithful copy and with same dimensions of the cave of MASSABIELLE in FRANCE, depicting “the capricious sinuosity, bizarre hollows and cliffs of the cave of Pyrenees “.
It is the result of 2 years of efforts and sweats, made of 2000 quintals of concrete and tons of iron.
Due to the ever increasing flow of pilgrims a new wide church was required to allow the celebration of liturgies in winter time and in summer time when it’s raining. The project, by Franciscan architect Padre Angelo Polesello and Eng. Ferruccio Zecchin, develops an idea so familiar to this valley of fossils: a shell. The new construction started in 2001 is dedicated to Blessed Claudio.
It will be a two-floor building: on top the hall for the liturgical assemblies, down (crypt) rooms and chapels. The church is currently a rough construction, yet it is possible

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