Padua, Bassano del Grappa and Vicenza

Padua

Padua, a lively university city, well known for the spectacular Basilica del Santo dedicated to St. Anthony that is one of Italy’s most important pilgrimage churches; worth to visit is also the Scrovegni Chapel, which contains the great fresco cycle by Giotto. Enjoy a stroll around the Prato della Valle, the largest public square Italy.

Bassano del Grappa

Bassano del Grappa, is a medieval town who lies at the foothills of the Venetian Prealps, where river Brenta comes out. It has been the background during the Great War. The symbol of the town is the covered wooden pontoon bridge “Ponte degli Alpini” which was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569, and it has been destroyed many times during the World wars.

Vicenza

Vicenza, even though its origins are Roman, it has a medieval and Renaissance character. Andrea Palladio started from here to influence architecture all over the world. The main sights are the Villa Capra Valmarana,bettern known as “La Rotonda”, and the Teatro Olimpico, two masterpieces by Palladio.