Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas,villas, churches 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.
Vicenza is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. The famous ones include:
- Villa Almerico Capra (also known as "La Rotonda"), located just outside the downtown area;
- Basilica Palladiana, centrally located in Vicenza's Piazza dei Signori, of which Palladio himself said that it might stand comparison with any similar work of antiquity;
- Teatro Olimpico, designed for the Accademia Olimpica and begun to be built in 1580, when Palladio died. The wooden scenes are by Vincenzo Scamozzi;
- Palazzo Chiericati, home of the Town pinacotheca;
- Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Museo Palladio;
- Palazzo del Capitaniato, home of the Town council;
- Palazzo Porto;
- Palazzo Porto in Piazza Castello (unfinished);
- Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare (built by Vincenzo Scamozzi);
- Palazzo Thiene;
- Villa Gazzotti Grimani, in the frazione Bertesina.