HomeAway can help you choose the holiday apartment in Vicenza City that fits your taste and plans. Here, in a city listed as a World Heritage Site, you’ll be surrounded by sumptuous 16th Century architecture, with a wealth of choices for memorable days out just a short drive away. Many Vicenza City holiday homes are tastefully restored old buildings, boasting abundant original features but also offering modern conveniences and luxuries. For example, the warm summers in this region make air-conditioning and private gardens especially desirable at Vicenza City apartments.
-Palladian architecture. Vicenza is an impressive city, with UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to the 23 buildings designed by the influential 16th Century architect, Andrea Palladio, as well as many villas he built in the surrounding countryside. Must-see buildings include the Teatro Olimpico, the world’s oldest enclosed theatre and one of Palladio’s greatest works, and the magnificent Villa Capra, a crystallisation of Palladio’s theories and design methods.
-Other culture. Housed in the imposing Plazzo Chiericati opposite the Teatro Olimpico is a collection of art that includes paintings by important regional artists like Titian. On Saturdays you can also visit the Criptoportico Romano, a network of ancient tunnels linking former villas and designed to shield Roman inhabitants from the weather. The Natural History and Archaeological museum also displays finds from Vicenza’s ancient past.
-Cusine. Located inland, but not far from the coast, the local cuisine offers a mix of seafood and more rustic fare in the form of cold meats, cheeses and salamis, like sopressa. Vicenza-style cod is the most famous local dish, with cod roasted with garlic, parsley, parmesan and anchovies, and served with sautéed onions. A variety of risottos are served here, with ingredients like local white asparagus.
-Venice. One of Italy’s most celebrated cities, Venice more than merits the drive from Vicenza. Built between more than 100 islands on a lagoon and crisscrossed by canals, the city has hardly changed in 600 years. Among the vast collection of famous sights are the bell tower of St. Mark’s, the Doge’s Palace, and the clock tower on St Mark’s square, with astronomical clock.
-Nature. Just outside the city, to the southwest, are the Berici Hills, an undulating landscape, covered in forest and vineyards, offering a beautiful environment for walks. With great views of Vicenza is Monti Berico, at the crest of which stands a stunning 15th Century Basilica. You could also drive west to Lake Garda for astounding natural beauty and all kinds of outdoor recreation, from watersports to cycling.
Vicenza gets a cross between a Continental and Mediterranean climate, resulting in warm, humid summers and moderately cool winters. Around mid-May temperatures hit 25 degrees, peaking at 30 in July and August. September is also warm, but by October autumn has arrived and temperatures fall month on month until January, which gets highs of about seven degrees, and night time temperatures that regularly sink below freezing. Rainfall is relatively consistent all year round, but tends to be more common in spring and autumn.
You can reach a holiday home in Vicenza City from Britain by flying to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) via a choice of budget or upmarket airlines. The airport has links to cities throughout the UK, and a host of other European destinations. Vicenza is a straightforward drive along the A4, heading west via Padua, usually taking no more than 45 minutes. You can also use public transport to get to Vicenza, by catching the bus service to Mestre and then completing your journey on the train. Vicenza also has rail links to other northern Italian cities, such as Bologna, Trieste and Milan.