Vicenza’s Living Room: Piazza dei Signori
Yesterday marked the end of a week-long period when the City of Vicenza welcomed the public inside La Basilica Palladiana to explore the rooftop and the wrap-around loggia (mezzanine).
For me, it was a long-awaited opportunity to rise above the crowd with my camera and take a few bird’s-eye view shots of the grand and ornate Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza’s Centro Storico (Historical Center).
This piazza (square) was originally named the Foro Romano when the city was ruled from afar by the Roman Empire, then changed to Piazza Grande during the Middle Ages, and finally to Piazza dei Signori during the Renaissance when Vicenza fell under the scrutiny of the Signoria, the governing body of the Republic of Venice.
Today, Piazza dei Signori hosts the weekly Tuesday and Thursday open-air markets, fills the night with concerts in a variety of musical genres throughout the year, showcases festivals for just about every occasion, and is the epicenter for Vicentini out for a stroll or a pre-dinner aperitivo (cocktail) with friends.
A rectangular square measuring 28 meters wide by 122 meters long, it’s surrounded by architectural marvels including Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio’s aforementioned La Basilica Palladiano and La Loggia del Capitaniato, along with Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Chiesa di San Vincenzo, Torre Bissara and the Lion of St. Mark and Christ the Redeemer columns.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Piazza dei Signori is a “must-see” stop for anyone who pays a visit to the “City of Palladio.”
Enjoy the short video.
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