Vicenza is a medium-sized city with a population of about 110,000 located about 30-45 minutes from Mestre station.
Its rich architectural heritage is certainly evidence of a glorious past when the city, under Venetian rule boasted of being an important economic center. But the city is best known for the masterpieces of the great architect of neoclassicism Andrea Palladio, who lived in the 16th century and is responsible for the construction of the city's best-known and most characteristic buildings. Not surprisingly, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the villas designed by Palladio.
The city is not only known for its architecture but also for its trade in precious metals. Among the highlights of the city's tourist attractions are Piazza dei Signori, overlooked by the Palladian Basilica, and the Torre di Piazza. But we should not forget Palladio's last masterpiece, namely the Teatro Olimpico, which was later finished first by his son and later by Vincenzo Scamozzi.