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"A torre it is" Top 5 Page for this destination Vicenza Favorite Tip by iandsmith

Vicenza General: 57 reviews and 99 photos

  A torre it is.
by iandsmith

Favorite thing: In the foreground is the main facade of the "Basilica" but the columns and their statues are really only a support for the old town hall which was actually sinking.
The roof is a large copper effort, similar in shape to an upturned boat (see photo elsewhere).
With Palladian buildings vying for one's attention, it was almost a relief to see something else get in the way. The 82 metre high Torre di Piazza at the rear of this shot dates from the 12th century, also known as "dei Bissari", after the name of the first owners. You can climb it, but, having already seen Vicenza from Monte Berico lying beneath the heavy cloud, I declined.
The piazza is almost certainly the forum of the old Roman town and the place where two important roads met.

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  • Updated Apr 15, 2004
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