Vicenza is an art and industrial city in Northern Italy with more than one hundred and ten inhabitants. It lies about sixty kilometers northwest of Venice and two hundred kilometers east of Milan in the Veneto region. It is the capital of the province of Vicenza. The city is known for its jewelry and clothing industry and the buildings of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
Vicenza was a Roman city which was founded as a small village in the third century BC, but grew later. The city was devastated by Heruli, Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns; then, it was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and later under Byzantine rule. During the next centuries, the city changed its affiliation many times but a lot of monasteries and churches were built during this period. Later, Vicenza was part of the Venetian Kingdom, France, and the Habsburg Empire before it became part of Italy.
The city has a large number of buildings from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century; the best known of which -- such as the Palazzo da Porto Barbaran -- were built by Andrea Palladio. The Villa La Rotonda and the Palladian Basilica are two major works of Palladio, who created the first post-classical, free-standing theater building in Europe -- the Teatro Olimpico. Since the nineties, the City of Palladio is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The number of hostels in Vicenza is very limited, because this industrial city is generally not a city to which foreign visitors travel for fun. There is no seasonality in the prices of hostels in Vicenza and visitors have to pay the high prices of Vicenza hostels all year long. Nevertheless, Vicenza hostels can be proud of their location -- not far from the center -- and their facilities so you get an adequate offer for the high price that you pay.
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