Wednesday, February 15, 2017

VICENZA


Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museumsart galleriespiazzas,villaschurches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the "city of Palladio" has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
As of December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of  115,927, and a metropolitan area of 270 000. Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial center as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities,  especially due to its textile and steel industries which employ tens of thousands, and about one fifth of the country's gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important branch is the engineering/computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor was born in Vicenza).

In 1994 UNESCO designated "Vicenza, City of Palladio" on its list of World Heritage Sites. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed "City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".

Palladio's works

Vicenza is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. The famous ones include:

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