Città di Vicenza

The church of Santa Corona (english)

Updated to: 28/06/2018

The church construction, laid on Dominican foundations, was started in 1261 to keep the holy thorn relic, that was donated by Louis IX, King of France, to Vicenza’s bishop, Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze.
The interiors are in Gothic style; the presbytery was made by Lorenzo da Bologna in the second half of the fifteenth century, and it has many and important paintings and sculptures. Among these works, there are Giovanni Bellini masterpiece “The Baptism of Christ”, located on Garzadori altar, attributed to Rocco da Vicenza, and Paolo Veronese “Adoration of the Magi”. Also, there are Lorenzo Veneziano and Marcello Frogolino “Madonna of the Stars”, Bartolomeo Montagna great altarpiece “Mary Magdalene and Saints”, and Giambattista Pittoni “Madonna with Child and Saints”. In the church apse, there is the remarkable wooden choir, carved and inlaid, made by Pier Antonio dell’Abate. Among the most ancient decorations, there are Michelino Besozzo frescos in the Thiene Chapel, dated back to the early fifteenth century, clear examples of the most updated international gothic style.
To allow visitors to gain a better understanding the intense work done to renovate this monument is possible to get a look at the illustrative boards located in the crypt.

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The church of Santa Corona is provided with a free digital guide, available for smartphones and tablets, both in Italian and in English. Just scan the QR code at the church entrance or download the digital guide app on Apple store or Play store, or connect to
Santa Corona’s church digital guide and the new didactic signage were made thanks to the contribution of the foundation Giuseppe Roi.

Where and when

Contra’ Santa Corona 2
Tel.0444222811, fax 0444 222155

Winter openingsfrom 1 September to 30 June: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm (on Saturday it reopens at 5.30 pm for the Holy Mass, free entrance)
Summer openings: from July the 1st to August the 31st: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (on Saturday it closes at 5 pm and reopens at 5.30 pm for the mass)
Special openings for public holidays 2018 : 6 January, 1, 2, 23, 25 e 30 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 8 September, 1 November, 8, 24 e 26 December
Closing: Monday, Christmas, and 1st of January
Entrance Fees: full ticket 3€, reduced ticket 2€, schools 1€ - valid for seven days from the date of purchase

Ticket Office

Museo Naturalistico Archeologico (Natural Archaeological Museum) Ticket Office
Adress: contra' Santa Corona 4
Winter timetable: from 1 September to 30 June, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 1 pm to 4.45 pm
Summer timetable: from 1 July to 31 August, from Tuesday to Sunday,from 10 am to 1.45 pm
Closing days: every Monday, Christmas and 1 January
Tel. 0444320854, email:

Ufficio Iat (Tourist information office)
Piazza Matteotti 12 (next to the garden entrance of the Teatro Olimpico)

Opening hours to the public:

  • from September to June: every day from 9 am to 5.30 pm
  • July and August: every day from 9 am to 6 pm

Closing: 25th of December
Tel. 0444320854


It is possible to inquire about hosting appropriate events in Santa Corona’s church. For more information, please contact the Events Office, Culture section, development promotion and museums. (tel. 0444222121).

Link to the Culture section, museums development promotion web pages:

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