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.
©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images
If I don’t get there you have just given me a spectacular tour!!
To be so close and not see Vicenza would be a shame. We’ll “talk” more as the date draws near.
I like the panoramas – a assume they were taken with your new cell phone. What I really enjoyed was your slide show. Your attention to detail soon pulled me in and I felt like I was strolling around with you. You teach me so much about photography, Tom. Thanks.
Pat – Don’t know if you want to take my lead on photography, but I readily accept your compliment. Yes, those panoramas were taken with my new iPhone — bought solely for the panoramic feature. Glad you liked those frames.
Bellissimo!!! Tom go to my blog, you have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Enjoy it and your day. http://valentinadesigns.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/liebster-award-march-appreciation-by-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/
Valentina – Wow. A Liebster. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed the slideshow of the PdeiS.
I always enjoy seeing my distant home land.
Fabulous! You’ve put Vicenza on my “must do next time I’m in Italy!” list. And do share how you did the panoramas…Grazie! Victoria
Victoria – The panorama shots were taken with my iPhone. It’s a photo shooting option unique to the iPhone. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Look forward to you visiting my fare city. Ciao for now.
Short and sweet post. Love the music to the video!!! Very well done again!!! – Nicole
Beautiful looking place, Tom. My internet strength here in England, won’t enable me to watch the video. 🙁 I enjoyed the photos though and heard a snatch of the dellightful music. 🙂
Sylvia – Hopefully, you’ll get another chance to view when you have a faster connection. Don’t miss it! 🙂
Magnificent! I love the wide angle lens shots.
Jo — My first panorama shots using an iPhone. Glad you enjoyed the post and the extreme wide shots.