Morning in Padua and at the market
We will leave from Verona and in about an hour drive we will reach Padua. The visit will start from the immense and elengant square of Prato della Valle. Not far away, you will visit the magnificent St. Anthony Basilica, where you can admire the venerated and unique relics, the frescoes of Giotto'apprentices and the bronzes of Donatello. The walk will continue under the characteristic porticos to reach the central market squares, grouped around the harmonious profile of Palazzo della Ragione and a few steps from the second oldest University in Italy. We will conclude at the large and very rich market, partly covered, considered one of the most beautiful and authentic in Italy, where your guide will accompany you in an exploration of the products of agriculture and Veneto wine and food. The lunch can be directly at the market, or in a traditional "osteria in Vicenza.
Afternoon in Vicenza
After lunch, we will leave Padua to reach Vicenza, a medium-small city, but with such a concentration of beauty and elegance! This city was in fact the adoptive hometown of Andrea Palladio, the inventor of the villa "alla veneta" and of a classic, balanced and functional style that today characterizes the palaces and villas of Vicenza and surroundings, but also of many classical style buildings in England and on the east coast of the U.S.
On request (to be agreed and payed separately) it is possible to visit:
Palazzo del Bo, home of the ancient University of Padua, which still hosts the oldest anatomical theater in the world, as well as the teaching chair of Galileo Galilei;
the Scrovegni Chapel painted by Giotto, one of the most famous medieval art treasures in the world;
the Olympic Theater, the supreme work of Palladio's maturity and without any doubt the most beautiful Renaissance theater in Italy;
the Villa Rotonda by Palladio, near Vicenza.
Meeting, departure and duration
To be agreed privately. The itinerary takes about 8 hours. Departure from Verona, directly from your hotel. Remember that Monday is normally closing day for most of the monuments in Padua and Vicenza.