Vicenza - Thriving Cosmopolitan City
Location: In Northeastern Italy
This Italian city is part of the Veneto region and at the base of the Monte Berico, straddling the Bacchiglione River. It is just 60 kilometers west of Venice and 200 kilometers from Milan. This area is also very close to the Austrian border. Much of the land is mountainous with a few valleys located in the area, especially the closer you get to the ocean. Rivers, lakes, and marshes are a common sight here.
Business: A Big Agricultural Producer
The surrounding countryside makes the perfect place for agricultural business, the main industry in Vicenza. Corn, olive oil, wine, and wheat are the main products produced in the area. There are also several quarries on the outskirts of town providing copper, marble, and silver. The rest of the business here is dominated by industrial factories often focused on steel and textiles.
Culture: Palladio Architecture and Historical Churches
Palladio, a great architect, designed many of the buildings that have now become part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are actually over 20 buildings in the city baring his unique stamp. The Basilica Palladiana is one of the most popular, constructed in the 15th century and served as the seat of government. Adding to the feel of being back in time, many historical churches remain standing such as the Cathedral of Vicenza from the 11th century. It has been restored many times and holds many sculptures and paintings today.
Activities: Parks, Gardens, and Museums
There are many popular outdoor sites for those who love nature. Parco Querini offers many work out facilities, statues, and even many animals to be seen. Giardini Salvi is a beautiful garden with a beautiful bridge and awe-inspiring gates matching architecture in old town. If you would like to learn more about history and the area visit Museo Diocesano Vicenza, which gives a look into the city's past.