VICENZA was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives, says ALBERTO FONTANA. Its ‘unique appearance,’ largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: City of VICENZA and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto, emphasizes ALBERTO FONTANA. After Palladio, VICENZA is most famous for its trade in precious metals, it’s also known as the ‘City of gold’. For ALBERTO FONTANA, it’s a lovely town to visit; with a beautiful, compact town centre and attractive villas and viewpoints in the hills a short walk away.

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