Living in Italy is no doubt beautiful, and Vicenza has so much to offer in the way of food and wine. And of course, your friends and family back home will definitely be jealous as you post photos on your Instagram feed of this beautiful "dolce vita" you're living.
Not that you need any help with that envy factor, but there have been so many places I've been obsessed with since we lived in Vicenza. In our last couple months here, I've been working to document it through photos — of course, I've done this all along, but it's easy to take for granted the beautiful doors and statues and secret alleyways. So I've really been focusing on making sure to capture those places, the life lived within them and my friends as they're enjoying them.
Some of these places are public areas, some of them are vineyards we've visited or, okay, farmer's lands we've stood on the side of the road to photograph (and OK, sometimes wandered in!). Please make sure you have permission before taking photos in any of these places — I've left addresses out of the places that aren't public for this reason. Also, I put together a handy map on Google that you can save to your Google Maps app! It'd be perfect for visitors that you plan to take sightseeing, too.
WHERE TO TAKE PHOTOS
- Sunflower fields
- Sunflowers are seasonal, of course! But they grow tall and beautiful in the summer months. You can usually find them in July and August, especially in the areas in Montegaldella and Ghizzole. Remember that sunflowers are a crop and you should respect the land that they are on. Because of this, fields will also rotate, and often will not appear in the same place two years in a row.
- Poppy fields
- The poppy fields in Vicenza are next level and they are so beautiful. They, of course, are also seasonal, and can usually be found in mid-spring. Look for them in May. The fields vary and will probably not appear two years back to back — they are a wildflower weed and will also be mowed down once the farmer whose land they are on plans to plant! I've seen them in Longare, Marola, Costozza and Dueville — so all over the Vicenza area!
- Villa la Rotonda
- Made famous by Andrea Palladio, the Villa la Rotonda house is actually the Capra family's summer home. It's totally worth a visit whether you're taking photos or not, but it makes a beautiful background for a place that makes Vicenza famous. They're open every day of the week except Monday and it costs 5€ for adults to get in, except for Saturdays and Wednesdays, when it costs 10€ and you can go inside! They close from Dec. 9th to March 15th.
- Address: Via della Rotonda, 45, Vicenza
- The doors
- The red door: This secretive looking door is literally just a random red door on the side of a villa off of a busy road and will totally make you wonder why exactly it's there. It's covered in vines and is definitely a cute place for Christmas photos. The road is busy, so be careful! Address: Str. dell'Ospedaletto, 148, Vicenza
- The blue door: The "blue doors" are these massive doors that belong to a church off Corso Palladio downtown in Vicenza, right off the main square. They're a great spot for photos because of their massive size and fun color! Address: Corso Andrea Palladio, 147, Vicenza
- Monte Berico's garden doors: There is a pretty green door down the street from Monte Berico with a cute little doorbell that is also covered in wisteria in the spring! Address: Viale X Giugno, 87, Vicenza
- Fun doors at the Rotonda: There are a few door spots at Rotonda that are totally cute and fun to take pictures in. They're usually found in the off season, when the gift shop is closed. Address: Villa la Rotonda, Vicenza
- The green door: A great place in the fall when it's covered in red leaves from the vines, the green door is right by Villagio! Address: Contrà della Caimpenta, 14, Vicenza
MORE PLACES FOR PHOTOS:
- Oasi della Valletta del Silenzio
- If you're looking for a great green spot, or a forest with fall foilage in October and November, this park is totally a great spot. It's right around the corner from Villa la Rotonda and it's a public park. Parking is a little crazy, as it's all street parking, but it's a great place to play in the leaves and explore the forest.
- Address: Stradella della Rotonda, Vicenza
- Obviously, the Vicenza area is flushed with vineyards! You should always ask the property owners if you want to take pictures in their vineyards, but most are more than happy to oblige photos, as long as you respect their land. I love the vineyards up in Breganze, or even in Longare! La Dolce Vigna's owners have also always been more than willing to let people use their vineyards for photos — and having a glass after your photo session is hard to pass up!
- Parco Querini (the bunny park!)
- Known affectionately as the bunny park (even when the bunnies are in short supply!) this park next to San Bortolo hospital is an easy spot for photos. With a large (though popular) parking lot, pretty gazebo, weeping willows and lots of statues, there are lots of places to take pictures in the park. Plus, kids love it because they can chase the bunnies or feed the ducks in between photos.
- Address: Viale Ferdinando Rodolfi, Vicenza
EVEN MORE PLACES FOR PHOTOS:
- Monte Berico
- Though Vicenza has plenty of absolutely breathtaking churches, Monte Berico is a popular spot because of its panoramic views of Vicenza and the surrounding area. There are a lot of great spots for photos around the church, including the overlook, the arches that line the road up to the church, and plenty of spots in between.
- Address: Viale X Giugno, 87, Vicenza
- There are lots of gorgeous villas in the Vicenza area. Here are some favorites that tend to be accessible and easy to enter!
- Villa Contarini: This is the villa that looms over the amazing Piazzola sul Brenta antique market (last Sunday of the month!). You don't have to actually go into this villa, so you don't have to pay to get in (though they have English tours!), but just know that they don't allow commercial photography and may ask you to sign a release agreeing to this. However, photographing on their lawn is easy and it's a great backdrop, and the surrounding piazza is totally picturesque, too. Address: Via L. Camerini, 1, Piazzola sul Brenta
- Villa da Schio: To enter this villa, you must buy tickets (5€ per adult, kids are free) at the bar next door, La Botte Del Covolo, so the bar must be open. Inside is a very well-manicured garden with gorgeous statues and some great views of the adorable town of Costozza. Address: Piazza Garzadori da Schio, 2, Longare
- Villa Caldogno: This villa sits in the center of the town of Caldogno, and is free to enter. There's a fun short hedge maze, a gorgeous villa and lots of tree lines to photograph around! Address: Via G. Zanella, 1, Caldogno-rettorgole-cresole
STILL NOT DONE TAKING PHOTOS?:
- Teatro Olimpico:
- This theater is another place made famous by Andrea Palladio. It's totally worth a visit, but you don't even have to go inside to get a pretty photo spot! The courtyard outside is lined in vines with lots of pretty statues and makes a great backdrop.
- Address: Piazza Matteotti, 11, Vicenza
- Giardino Salvi:
- This garden is actually a privately-owned garden open to the public near the entrance to the downtown area of Vicenza. It's a pretty park, with a gorgeous villa, river, weeping willows and plenty of statues (are you sensing a theme?) and is an easy walk from the main piazza in Vicenza.
- Address: Corso Santi Felice E Fortunato, 4, Vicenza
- Basilica Palladiana:
- The heart of downtown, the basilica sits on the Piazza dei Signori and, again, is an Andrea Palladio staple. There are a ton of great spots to take pictures around the basilica, from the steps and the arches on the base level, to the gorgeous views on the rooftop that are open in the summer (check their website for dates). If you want to go up on the terrace, you must pay to enter — it's worth it to get the 5€ season pass (it's 4€ for a one-time visit, though active-duty military get in free) and you can access the rooftop bar to grab a spritz and soak in the Vicenza views!
- Address: Piazza Dei Signori, Vicenza
- Ponte San Paolo
- I didn't know the name of this bridge the entire time I was in Vicenza, but it's a great view of the pretty colorful houses of Vicenza, and there's even a nice view of the Basilica if you look the right way!
- Address: Ponte S. Paolo, Vicenza
I put together all the sights here on Google Maps! You can actually save all these pins and this map on your own Google account or Google Maps app.
Photos copyright © Katie Currid, 2017, all rights reserved.