Our most recommended things to do in Vicenza

Castello di Thiene: admission ticket

1. Castello di Thiene: admission ticket

Castello di Thiene is a Castle from the 15th century, located in the heart of Thiene, an historical small town 20 kilometers from Vicenza. The Castle is a private residence of the Counts Thiene who live there and who passionately preserve and exhibit the vast complex. It is an exclusive old structure where art and furniture have been preserved over the centuries so that today visitors may observe and live its original character. Extraordinary are the stables from the 1700s. The complex includes a historic park

Vicenza and the Olympic Theatre

2. Vicenza and the Olympic Theatre

This is a walking tour with your private guide, you will visit the Teatro Olimpico, the first example of a permanent covered theatre from the modern era, you will be amazed by the bulk of Palazzo Chiericati and the Palladian palaces of contra' Porti. Finally you will enter Piazza dei Signori: the main square of Vicenza, with the Loggia del Capitaniato and the Basilica Palladiana. The square is surrounded by other lively little squares where the market takes place, and where the people of Vicenza relax when the time finally comes for their favorite aperitif: the spritz. A guided tour that is a real immersion in a city where you will still seem to breathe a typically Renaissance atmosphere. However, Vicenza is not just its architecture: your guide will also tell you stories of intrigue and passion, romantic adventures, funny anecdotes that will make you smile. Vicenza conquers you with its lively and refined lifestyle, its delicious typical dishes and its irresistible wines, which you absolutely cannot miss.

Vicenza: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class

3. Vicenza: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class

You can't visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish... So, we'll teach you two! Learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta from scratch with your local host. As the icing on the cake, you will learn to prepare also the iconic Tiramisu. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine as you make new friends in this hands-on cooking class. It's a great way to truly experience Italian culture. This experience is held by Cesarine, the oldest Italy’s network of home cooks available in more than 500 cities all over the country. Cesarine stands for "home cook", they are passionate and welcoming local hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. The Cesarine serve only local specialties from their family cookbooks to tell the great story of their traditional regional cuisine.

Vicenza: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

4. Vicenza: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine. Afterwards, you will taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. Throughout your lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, with a workstation equipped with utensils as well as all the ingredients to make the dishes. At the conclusion of your activity, you will be free to taste everything you have prepared, as accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, this is your chance to take home Italian cooking skills which will stay with you for life.

Vicenza: Guided Walking Tour

5. Vicenza: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the city of Vicenza on a guided tour. Start your exploration in Piazza Castello, home to Palladian Palazzo Porto Breganze and Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare. Continue to Palazzo Braschi and Palazzo Trissino, the current Town Hall designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. See the Palladian Basilica, Palazzo del Capitaniato and the Monte di Pietà from Piazza dei Signori. In the nearby Contrà Porti are fascinating palaces such as Palazzo Barbaran Da Porto, Porto Colleoni, Porto Breganze, and Iseppo da Porto. Admire the three different styles of the facades of Palazzo Zen, Palazzo Negri, and Palazzo Thiene in Piazzetta Santo Stefano. End your tour with a visit to Palazzo Chiericati, now a museum, and the Teatro Olimpico, the first theater of the modern era designed by Palladio with a fixed stage set. 

Villa Valmarana: exclusive guided tour of Tiepolo's frescoes

6. Villa Valmarana: exclusive guided tour of Tiepolo's frescoes

Book the exclusive guided tour led by Valmarana family and enjoy a final glass of wine: the owners will introduce you to the magnificent residence and the unique cycle of frescoes (dated 1757) where you can admire and compare the style of Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo. The tour will offer you the unique opportunity to compare the pastel tones of the great heroes painted by Tiepolo father, with the earthy colors and the country scenes of Tiepolo son. You will explore the Palazzina (owner's house) and see the 5 rooms featuring frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo accompanied by an owner who lives in the villa. Let yourself be amazed by some of the greatest works of classical and Italian literature translated into frescoed images. The visit will continue in the Foresteria (guest house), where you will admire the frescoes by Giandomenico Tiepolo and discover a residence with objects, furniture, photos, which have belonged to the Valmarana counts since its inception. To finish off beautifully, you can enjoy a relaxing walk to the back garden or take a break at the café overlooking the valley of silence.

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