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).

Above Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

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.

Open-air cafe - Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, IT | ©Tom Palladio ImagesToday, 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.

View from roof of La Basilica Palladiana - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

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

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at TravelingBoy.com and ItalianNotebook.com.

17 comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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.

  3. 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.🙂

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