Basilica palladiana (english)
Aggiornato al: 29/12/2017
The Basilica Palladiana is a symbolic building of Vicenza, north-eastern Italy. It is well-known for the loggia on orders of serlians, designed by the great architect Andrea Palladio, which surrounds the medieval Palazzo della Ragione, and became heritage of Unesco in 1994.
Between 2007 and 2012, the Basilica was restored thanks to the essential contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Verona Vicenza Belluno and Ancona. It has been reopened on October 5th 2012, in conjunction with the great exhibit “Raffaello verso Picasso. Storie di sguardi, volti e figure”.
On May 9th 2014, the Basilica Palladiana became a National Monument thanks to the draft law approved on March 27th 2014 during its deliberation by the Culture Committee of the Senate. On May 5th 2014, during the Basilica Palladiana’s restore, it has been assigned in Vienna the “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ 2014 Europa Nostra Award” for the cultural heritage preservation.
Ways to visit the monument (loggia and hall)
From 7 October 2017 to 8 April 2018 the Basilica Palladiana hosts the exhibition "Van Gogh: Between Wheat and Sky", proposed by Linea d’ombra in the hall. During this period, the Palladian monument can only be visited with a ticket of the exhibition which also allows access to the loggia. The terrace, on the other hand, is not accessible.
For more information about the exhibition "Van Gogh: Between Wheat and Sky" please refer to the page www.lineadombra.it.
Tourist Information Office and Ticket office
During the whole exhibition period in the Basilica Palladiana there will be a Tourist information office and a Ticket office for the sale of the special single ticket for the exhibition at a cost of 12 euros (which allows a visit to four sites: Teatro Olimpico, Palazzo Chiericati, Church of Santa Corona and Jewelery Museum) and the special reduced-price ticket Palazzo Chiericati valid only on Mondays at a cost of 5 euros. Both tickets are not bookable and can be purchased at the Tourist information office in the Basilica, in piazza Matteotti and at Museo Naturalistico Archeologico (Natural Archaeological Museum) Ticket Office. It will be possible to purchase single ticket only, upon presentation of the exhibition ticket.
The Tourist information office will be opened the public from 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Thursday) and from 10 am to 6.30 pm (Friday to Sunday), closed 1 January 2018.
For more information, please call 0444.222855 or refer to the page of Musei Civici.
Guided tours of the Archeological site of “Corte dei Bissari”
In the basements of the Basilica Palladiana it is possible to visit the Archeological site of “Corte dei Bissari”, enjoying guided tours given by professional archeologists.
The archaeological area allows visitors to immerse themselves in the living reality of a distant but crucial epoch to better understand the events that preceded the Palladian Renaissance. Not only ancient stored structures have been recovered, but also a selection of archeological materials retrieved during the excavation, shown in some reserved showcases, respectively, to the Protohistoric Age (VII-II century B.C.), to the first Romanization (II-I century B.C.), and to the Roman and Late Roman Age (I-V century A.D.). One showcase, located at the Langobardic burial reconstruction, keeps a precious golden cross. Thus, the site includes most of Vicenza history, from its foundation, made by the ancient Venetians, to the Renaissance, and also the main attraction, that generates much interest, a residential area urban reconstruction of the ancient Vicetia, at that time adjacent to the city forum.
The archeological site is 150 square meters and has a walkway, from which is possible to see, through the transparent glass floor, the remains of the original Roman road. The path also provides related explanatory materials with titles, subtitles, and captions, also in English.
Opening hours and entrance fees
Visits, for maximum of 20 people, are available only with advance reservations on Monday at 10am and 11am (excluding 25 December 2017, 1 January and 2 April 2018).
The discovery of the Archeological Heritage found under the Palladian monument guided tour lasts about 30 minutes and it costs 2€ for adults and 1€ for people under 18 years of age (minors). The entrance is free for groups escorts.
To book the tours, please contact Ardea, museum education association, at 3473938172, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
This museum is the first in Italy and one of the few worldwide to be dedicated exclusively to jewellery. The Jewellery Museum (https://www.museodelgioiello.it/en), a permanent museum space of 410 square metres inside the Palladian Basilica, is a project first developed by Italian Exhibition Group in partnership with the City Council of Vicenza.
The new Museum, offers an original, varied aesthetic and educational jewellery experience, enhancing items with ancient origins, deeply rooted in human culture.
For the exclusive use of the terrace (for a maximum of 150 people), the loggia (for a maximum of 350 people), the hall on the noble floor (for a maximum of 300 people) and the Domus Comestabilis room (for a maximum of 50 people), please refer to the cultural and growth promoting sector (email: firstname.lastname@example.org- number 0444222122 - fax 0444222155).
Prices and forms available at: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/other/condizioni.php
When the Basilica Palladiana is open to the public, it is possible to organize small events (such as birthdays, aperitifs and anniversaries), which do not require the exclusive use of the monumental spaces. It is also possible to book tables on the terrace, which will be located beyond the bar (the long side towards Piazza delle Erbe and the one facing piazzetta Palladio until the bar).
Rates to book small spaces on the terrace available on: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/download/Canoni_Basilica.pdf (the cost of food and drinks is not included and it has to be arranged with the manager of the bar).
However, all the guests are requested to pay the admission ticket, unless they own a membership card.
Info and booking: 320 6917444.
Celebration of civil weddings and civil unions
It is possible to book the terrace or the Domus Comestabilis room to celebrate civil weddings or civil unions in the Basilica.
For more info:
- Weddings (http://www.comune.vicenza.it/uffici/dipserv/spdemele/anagrafe/pubblicazionematrimonio.php)
- Civil Unions (http://www.comune.vicenza.it/uffici/dipserv/spdemele/anagrafe/unionicivili.php)
- Basilica's history
- Basilica’s upper hall
- Sito Unesco
- Basilica’s restore
- European Union Prize/ Europa Nostra
- Basilica Palladiana’s photo gallery
- Photo gallery of the Basilica Palladiana’s terrace and loggia
- Photo gallery of the Basilica Palladiana’s restore
Piazza dei Signori
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