The perfect home in Vicenza, a treasure of art and architecture, and gateway to the Venito
Our group of five arrived by train from Bologna, and following the owners excellent directions, we rolled our bags through the park, over a little bridge, around 2 corners and we were at our apartment in just 5 minutes. The street is quiet with no traffic, and grocery only a half block away, with city center a mere 7 minute walk. The apartment is ideally situated with most sites, and many fine restaurants within easy walking distance. The photos give an accurate portrayal of the apartment layout but cannot fully show the superb quality, detailing and feel of luxery one has here. Everything was clean with beautiful linnens, bathroom supplies, and a fully equiped kitchen. The washing machine has good instructions and powerful hair dryers were a nice bonus. Comfortable beds and quiet neighborhood mean good sleeping. The owner is helpful in clarifying details and communicates well. She informed us when two weeks prior to our stay it was clear that the elevator rehabilitation (a good thing) was behind schedule (an Italian thing), and fair adjustments were made. Lynne provides an updated list of favorite bars, restaurants and suggested sites. All are worth a visit, but we made repeated visits to the Mason del Tea e Caffe Pigafetta, and Vecchia Malvasia (just off the Piazza Signori). Piazz Sgn. is great place to join with the locals on a sunny afternoon to enjoy an Aperol Spritzer. But the tourist information office in the Piazza Sgn. is closed, so go a few blocks over, beside Teatro Olimpico, for Tourist "i". Teatro Olimpico is a must see, and be sure to cross the street to Museo Civico Palazzo Chiericati in Palladio's own Palazzo. Take the owners recommendation, burn off a little pasta and get a panaramic view of Vicenza by going left from the apartment door, turn right at the stop light, and in 2 blocks cross the highway and rail, and walk up the hill to Villa Valmarana "ai Nani" (a Palladio villa) and Santuario di Monte Berico, the church on the hill. There is a lovely cafe by ai Nani, or one may refuel at the bottom of the hill, where the pizzaria is excellent with a full range of food. Wine tasteing tours can be arranged in either Verona (for Valpolacella) or Conegliano (for Prosecco), each a short train ride away. For art lovers the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova is a must, and for only a bit more than the tickets one gets the Padova Card with access to many other sites and all day free bus. We recommend this property without reservation.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
People with Disabilities,
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