Vicenza Italy

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Vicenza Italy is one of the most important architectural sites in the world and a virtual museum of the achievements of Palladio, considered by many to be the most influential architect in history. Inspired by ancient greco and roman influences, Palladio filled the city of Vicenza with palaces, plazas, theatres, villas, and basilicas. His enduring fame is derived not from creating a new style of architecture, but rather from perfecting the existing style in terms of its balance, proportion and overall linear harmony. In 1994 the entire city of Vincenza Italy was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chief among Palladio's staggeringly beautiful achievements is the Teatro Olimpico, his final, and--according to authorities--his ultimate, masterpiece. Theatre historians will be interested to know that the Teatro Olimpico's very first performance was the Vicenzan premiere of Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex." To this day, the Teatro Olimpico is on the list of the world's greatest theatres.

Vicenza Italy: Ancient Culture and Modern Computers

Vicenza remains one of the wealthiest cities in the country. Vicenza Italy was the birthsite and remains the home of the inventor of the silicon chip Federico Faggin, and so Vicenza is now nicknamed Italy's "Silicon Valley." Many computer-related businesses have set up successful shop just outside the city, and as a result Vicenza has one of the highest average incomes in the country.

Vicenza Italy has enjoyed dizzying prosperity, both past and present. As a result, she has no end of high end shops, gourmet restaurants, and fine galleries. And the arts scene is very lively with plenty of venues for music, theatre and dance.


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