Basilica palladiana (english)
Updated to: 21/02/2019
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)
For more info about opening times and ticket prices, please refer to the page: http://www.comune.vicenza.it/cittadino/scheda.php/42724,47267
Guided tours of the Archeological site of “Corte dei Bissari”
In the basements of the Basilica Palladiana there is the Archeological site of “Corte dei Bissari”.
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.
The archaeological area can be accessed from the main Basilica Palladiana, in Piazza dei Signori.
The visit is available for a maximum of 25 people. Reservation is compulsory.
From October to March: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12 a.m.
From April to September: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 12 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.
30 minutes (maximum 25 people per visit)
2 Euro (full price - adults); 1 Euro (reduced price – minors) under 18 and school groups; free entrance for school and groups guides and accompanying people (maximum two)
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.
Privates, concessions for events and shows
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
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