During the holidays for the Immaculate Conception, the Civic Museums of Vicenza - Olympic Theatre included - will be visitable following the regular opening times.
From 8th to 11th December 2022, the following museums will be open from 9 to 17 (last entrance at 16.30):
* Olympic Theatre
* Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati,
* Church of Santa Corona
* Natural History and Archaeological Museum
* Galleries of Palazzo Thiene
>> The Basilica Palladiana will be closed to the public due to some maintenance work for the next exhibition that will be inaugurated on the 22nd December (www.mostreinbasilica.it).
Regular opening guaranteed for the Jewellery Museum, the Gallerie d'Italia of Palazzo Leoni Montanari and the Palladio Museum from Thursday to Sunday.
As for the archaeological sites in Piazza Duomo and the Diocesan Museum:
- Thursday 8th December: The Roman Cryptoporticus is open from 10 to 12; the Diocesan Museum is open from 14 to 18.
- Friday 9th December: the Diocesan Museum is open from 14 to 18.
- Saturday 10th December: the Roman Cryptoporticus is open from 14 to 17.30; the Archaeological Area under the Cathedral is open from 17.30 to 18, via reservation; The Diocesan Museum is open from 14 to 18.
- Sunday 11th Decemer: the Roman Cryptoporticus, the Archaeological Area under the Cathedral and the Diocesan Museum ARE CLOSED to the public due to a religious event taking place that day.
Villa Valmarana ai nani is open from 10 to 17 on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, whereas on Friday 9th it closes at 16.
Villa La Rotonda can be visited ONLY on Thursday 8th December with the following opening times: 10-12.30 and 14.30 -17.
*The Olympic Theatre, the Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati, the Church of Santa Corona and the Natural History and Archaeological Museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09 to 17 (last admission at 16.30).
The show of music and lights POP is programmed from Tuesday to Sunday on specific hours: 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 + 14.30, 15.30, 16.30.
The Galleries of Palazzo Thiene are open from Thursday to Sunday from 09 to 17 (last admission at 16.30).
The Risorgimento and Resistance Museum can be visited from 9 to 13 (last admission at 12.30) and from 14.15 to 17 (last admission at 16.30).
The Basilica palladiana is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18 (last admission at 17.30).
Till 27th November: hall (partial visit) and palladian loggias open Tuesday-Sunday 10-18. The panoramic Terrace is closed.
From the 28/11 the Basilica will be closed to the public due to works for the next exhibition.
The Cafè on the terrace is not active anymore.
The Gallerie d'italia - Palazzo Leoni Montanari and the Jewellery Museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday .
The Diocesan Museum is open every afternoon from 14 to 18 (last admission at 17.30).
The Palladio Museum is closed till the 11th November 2022. From the 12th November, it will open from 10 to 18, from Wednesday to Sunday.
These museums can be included in the combined tickets.
Villa Valmarana ai Nani is open everyday (except on specific days you can read about on their website) and Villa La Rotonda is open from Friday to Sunday.
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Info & Tickets:
Infopoint in Basilica Palladiana, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18; tel. 0444 222855
The Creators of Eternal Egypt
Scribes, Artisans, and Laborers in the Service of the Pharaoh
Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza
22 December 2022 – 7 May 2023
Colossal statues, sumptuous tombs and ornate sarcophagi, bas-reliefs and painted stelae, papyrus scrolls and artifacts, all unearthed from the desert after millennia: this is where our idea of ancient Egypt comes from. The exhibition The Creators of Eternal Egypt. Scribes, Artisans, and Laborers in the Service of the Pharaoh recounts the genesis of this imagery through the material expressions of a complex and articulated world, from everyday tools to the pomp and sacred rites of the pharaohs.
The original exhibition itinerary, designed by the Egyptian Museum of Turin, takes visitors on a journey to discover the community of scribes, artisans and workers who built the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Over the centuries, the tombs have preserved the objects, memory, and splendor of this ancient civilization, whose fascination we still experience today. The exact location of the royal burials was secret, known only to the priests, to ensure the safekeeping the remains and great wealth of the rulers during their journey to the afterlife. For this reason, workers and their families lived isolated from the rest of society in a small village, now known as Deir el-Medina, nestled among the rocky hills not far from the royal necropolis on the opposite bank of the Nile from Thebes. It is to the ingenuity and labor of the inhabitants of Deir el-Medina that we owe much of our current understanding of ancient Egypt.
As part of the three-year project “Exhibitions in the Basilica”, The Creators of Eternal Egypt, which opens on 22 December at the Basilica Palladiana, follows the exhibition The Factory of the Renaissance. Creative Processes, Market, and Production in Vicenza, which delved into the ways that the artistic inventions and practices generated in Vicenza during the Renaissance influenced Western art history. Similarly, many of the images and ideas that have entered our collective imagination of ancient Egyptian art and culture were developed in Deir el-Medina.
Although far apart in space and time, both places were important centers of artistic and architectural production during two crucial periods of their history: the Renaissance in Italy and the New Kingdom in Egypt, which lasted nearly the entire second half of the second millennium BC.
In both cases, the successful combination of artistic sensibility and technical prowess grew out of tradition and gave rise to a period of great experimentation that shaped a new worldview and laid the foundation of our vision of the period. In this sense, the previous exhibition was the curators' starting point for the project of The Creators of Eternal Egypt, taking the opportunity to propose a parallel between the two situations and highlight, beyond the inevitable differences, the continuity represented by humankind’s desire to understand and represent the surrounding world through art, architecture, and artisanal virtuosity.
As such, the exhibition takes visitors on an imaginary journey from the Basilica Palladiana in downtown Vicenza to the monumental Thebes of 3,300 years ago, and then across the Nile to the small village of Deir el-Medina, to discover the city of the dead and the spectacular afterlife that awaited them, created by the patient and expert workmanship of those in the service of Pharaoh.
Structure of the exhibition
The itinerary unfolds inside the Basilica Palladiana among a wide selection of more than 150 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Turin and a group of about 20 works on loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris, ranging in scale from the smallest, most precious objects to sarcophagi and monumental statuary. A series of multimedia installations accompany the visitors' experience, breaking and expanding the boundaries of material culture: physically present objects are virtually ‘reinserted’ into their original historical context, now inevitably lost.
The exhibition is organized by interrelated themes. The evocative space beneath the vault of the Basilica is divided into two large sections: the first illustrating the everyday life and creation of these millennia-old masterpieces, and the second devoted to the life of the deceased after death.
The first stop on the journey is Thebes, the monumental city that spread along the east bank of the Nile, home of the great temples and capital of the New Kingdom for nearly three centuries. Here one encounters large sculptural groups of rulers and monumental statues of deities with attributes from the animal world.
While the eastern bank hosted the city of the living, the opposite bank, where the sun sets, housed the vast city of the dead: all the tombs and places of worship dedicated to the defunct and, above all, the great funerary temples of the pharaohs. The exhibition route then moves to the western shore and the humble village of Deir el-Medina, protected by the serpent goddess Meretseger and located at the foot of the great pyramidal mountain, in whose belly the tombs of the Valley of the Kings were excavated.
The exhibition offers a detailed account of the building of a pharaoh's tomb, whose long and demanding construction combined different skills and knowledge, from symbology to engineering, from theology to the logistical organization of labor. In addition to tools and implements, one can admire the papyri that conveyed the wisdom of these men through plans and descriptions of buildings and design studies.
This is followed by an in-depth look at the daily life of the laborers, artisans, and scribes who lived there, devoting themselves to the creation and preparation of the sumptuous tombs of the rulers. The scenes painted on the walls of the tombs and the artifacts unearthed are like the tiles of a complex mosaic, giving us insight into their way of life, which combined traditional arts handed down over the generations with colors, prayers and songs, as evidenced by the decorated stelae and ostraka (fragments of vases or stone chips), as well as some very rare musical instruments from both the Egyptian Museum and the Louvre. Other objects, such as the decoratively carved and painted wooden sedan chair, testify to the affluence and luxury in which some members of the Deir el-Medina community lived.
After exploring aspects of the earthly world, visitors are greeted by the sarcophagus of Khonsuirdis and cross the threshold into the second part of the exhibition, devoted to the journey of the deceased to the afterlife. Here they are led along a path that tells the story of the preparation of body and soul for eternal life, from the making of the splendid painted sarcophagi to the arrangement of the grave goods. A selection of objects from Queen Nefertari's rich burial trousseau is accompanied by fascinating turquoise faience objects, such as the Louvre bowl or Pharaoh Sethi I’s coterie of Ushabti, the little servants whose task it was to ease his labors in the afterlife. The itinerary leads to an artifact that, perhaps more than any other, inspires deep reflection on the dichotomy of life and death: the mummy and sarcophagus of Tariri.
As a final counterpoint, this material journey into the realm of the dead culminates in an immersive, immaterial experience that illustrates the burial of the scribe Butehamon and the deceased's final journey. Visitors walk through a videomapping installation built on a 3D-printed reproduction of the great sarcophagus, which reveals the secrets it contained and brings to life the human story behind this incredible find.
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The Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati, the Church of Santa Corona, the Natural history and archaeological Museum will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09.00 to 18.00;
The Risorgimento and Resistance Museum will open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 13 and from 14.15 to 18.
The Galleries of Palazzo Thiene will open from Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 18.
The Teatro Olimpico will be visitable from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09 to 17 (last admission at 16.30).
The Teatro will close earlier due to reharsals for scheduled concerts on the following dates:
on 25th September, at 16.00
on 7th October, at 16.00
on 20th October, at 13.00
As per usual, the Palladian Basilica can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18, whereas the panoramic terrace on the last floor can be visited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 18.
In the evening, the cafè located on the panoramic terrace will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 19 to 01, and on Sundays drom 18.30 to 23.
The last admission inside the museums is always 30 minutes before closure.
The infopoint and ticket office inside the Palladian Basilica is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18 (closed on Mondays, tel. 0444222855).
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Are you here for the weekend of the 15th August 2022?
Here you can take a look at the special opening times from the 13th to the 19th August
From Tuesday to Sunday, the Olympic Theatre, the Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati, the Church of Santa Corona can be visited from 10 to 18, the Natural history and archaeological Museum from 10 to 14.
Inside the Olympic Theatre it is possible to watch a free show of music and lights called “Pop Palladio Olympic Project” available from Tuesday to Sunday at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 and 15.30,16.30, 17.30. The show lasts approximately 10 minutes.
The Risorgimento and Resistance Museum is open 10-14 from Tuesday to Sunday. The admission to the Risorgimento and Resistance museum is free of charge.
The Galleries of Palazzo Thiene can be visited from Thursday to Sunday, 10 - 18 (last entrance at 17.30).
Last admission to all museums 30 minutes before closure.
At the Risorgimento and Resistance Museum it is possible to see some important documents written by the Vicentinian architect Antonio Caregaro Negrin (1821-1898) on military and patriotic engineering activities during the First Italian War of Independence. 2021 marks the bicentenary of Negrin’s birth, who has been a significant and exemplary figure in the cultural life of the 19th century.
The Basilica Palladiana is open 10-18 Tue-Sun.
The Cafè on the terrace of the Basilica is open every Friday and Saturday from 19 to 01.00, and every Sunday from 18.30 to 23.
The Terrace of the Basilica Palladiana (without the cafè) can be visited by tourists on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 18 (last entrance at 17.30)
The infopoint located inside the Basilica Palladiana is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18.
As for the other museums:
Gallerie d'Italia Palazzo Leoni Montanari can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 - 18 (last admission at 17.30).
The Jewellery Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday 10.00-13.00 / 15.00 – 18.00 and on Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-18.00.
The Diocesan Museum is open every day (Mon-Sun) from 14-18. It will close from the 15th to 21st August 2022.
The Palladio Museum opens from Wed to Sunday (10-18). It will be closed on 31st August 2022.
Villa La Rotonda is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 12 and from 15 to 18.
Villa Valmarana ai Nani is open every day, Mon to Sun, 10-18: exceptional closures
Villa Zileri Motterle is open with the following opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 - 17 Friday: 10 - 12.30. From the 16th to the 19th of August Villa Zileri will be open 8:30- 12:00.
Villa Cordellina in Montecchio Maggiore is open from Monday to Friday (booking is mandatory for groups): check the extraordinary closures
Villa Caldogno and the Bunker from the Second World War are open on Saturdays from 9 - 12 and 15 - 18, on Sundays 9-12. (Booking is mandatory for groups during the week).
Villa Godi Malinverni is open on the following days: Tuesday: 14 -18, Saturday 10 -18, Sunday and public holidays-10-18. Booking is mandatory for group visits.
Villa Pisani Bonetti in Lonigo is always open, even on Mondays, and can be visited with reservation only.
The Fondazione Bisazza is closed from 6th to 31st August 2022.
Given the latest national regulations released on 24th March 2022 (n.24) and the end of the state of emergency:
starting from the 1st April 2022, the Green Pass (EU Covid Certificate) will not be necessary anymore
to visit museums, archaeological parks, exhibitions, archives, libraries and other cultural sites.
NEW* starting from the 1st May 2022, wearing masks inside museums and other cultural sites is not mandatory anymore,
but it is still highly recommended.
The “Grandi Mostre” Project (Great Exhibitions) hosted inside the Basilica Palladiana makes a grand comeback: starting from December 2021 until May 2022, the new art exhibition “La Fabbrica del Rinascimento” will be set up inside our beloved monument and symbol of Vicenza. It is the second great exhibition after “Ritratto di donna. Il sogno degli anni Venti e lo sguardo di Ubaldo Oppi”, which was suspended in February 2020 due to the pandemic.
The Municipality of Vicenza, the “Fondazione Teatro Comunale” and the Centro internazionale di studi di architettura “Andrea Palladio” will renew their cooperation in promoting the Basilica Palladiana through a cycle of art exhibitions.
The exhibition “La fabbrica del Rinascimento” will describe the golden century of Vicenza, that is, the 16th Century.
During the Renaissance, Vicenza was at the centre of one of the most dynamic and commercial areas of Europe, all thanks to artists like Andrea Palladio, Paolo Veronese and Alessandro Vittoria. Moreover, the city became one of the most vital centre of European art and culture, manufacturing some of the finest works of art you can now see showcased in international museums.
There will be several art works borrowed from famous European museums: from the Gallerie degli Uffizi to the Museo del Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien and the Louvre, to renowned British Museums.
Vicenza itself hosts fine masterpieces, some of which are not very much known or not yet accessible to the public. The stunning ceilings inside Palazzo Thiene by Alessandro Vittoria; the most beautiful “Cena” by Paolo Veronese inside the Sanctuary of Monte Berico, the “Adoration of the three kings” and Cappella Valmarana inside the Church of Santa Corona… The Olympic Theatre itself is certainly worth a visit, as well as many other palazzos of the city centre.
TICKETS (audio guide included): full price 13 €, reduced price 11 € (for over 65 years old and for university students with university card), 5 € for under 18 (from 11 to 17 years old) and free of charge for children under the age of 10, accompanying helpers of disabled people, journalists, tour leaders. The special "open ticket" costs 16 € and allows the visit of the exhibition without having to reserve a date and the time of the visit and can be used as a gift. For groups of minimum 10 people, the price of the ticket is 11 € per person, whereas for school groups is 5 € per student and free of charge for 2 accompanying teachers.
Reservation is mandatory for groups of minimum 10 participants.
Pre-sale fee for online purchase and at the call center: 1,50 €
More information at: www.mostreinbasilica.it
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Do not miss the chance to visit Vicenza for the upcoming Easter&spring holidays!
Vicenza is globally known as the "City of Palladio", since the famous architect built 23 palazzos right in the historic centre and 16 villas in the province, which are all inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
We recommend taking a walk through the streets of the city centre to admire the Palladian architecture, especially along Corso Palladio and Contra' Porti, to see the Palladian Basilica in Piazza dei Signori and to visit the Olympic Theatre, the oldest indoor theatre in the world. Said theatre is open to tourists from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09 to 17 (last entrance at 16.30 - www.teatrolimpicovicenza.it ): there is also the chance to see a brief show of music and lights at specific times of the day (9.30, 10.30, 11.30 e 14.30, 15.30, 16.30).
Per la visita del Teatro Olimpico è possibile acquistare le convenienti card cumulative da € 15 o € 20 che permettono di visitare numerosi altri siti del centro storico come il Museo Civico di Palazzo Chiericati, Palazzo Thiene, il Museo Del Gioiello, il Museo Naturalistico-Archeologico, le Gallerie d'Italia- Palazzo Leoni Montanari, il Palladio Museum, la Chiesa di S. Corona doveed il Museo Diocesano (chiuso a Pasqua e Pasquetta).
If you wish to visit other museusm together with the Olympic Theatre, it is possible tpo buy some cumulative cards: the Vicenza Card (20 €) allows the entrance to all eleven museums (Teatro Olimpico, Civic Art Gallery of Palazzo Chiericati, Natural History and Archaeological Museum, Risorgimento and Resistance Museum, Santa Corona Church, Diocesan Museum, Palladio Museum, Gallerie d'Italia - Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Basilica Palladiana (exhibitions excluded), Jewellery Museum and the Galleries of Palazzo Thiene) whereas the 4 Museums Card (15 €) allows tourists to choose for museums out of the ones available.
The Palladian Basilica is hosting an art exhibition inside the main hall under the green dome till 8th May 2022: La Fabbrica del Rinascimento
Do not miss the chance to visit the newly restored Palazzo Thiene: this Palladian building has been closed for years but it has become a full-fledged civic museum at the beginning of 2022, open from Thursday to Sunday (it is open on Easter Monday too!). Tourists will be able to visit the halls on the ground floor and on the first floor, together with an Antonibon ceramic exhibition. In the attic there is a collection of prints by Remondini and sculptures by Arturo Martini.
The Jewellery Museum, located under the loggias of the Basilica, is one of a kind in Europe and one of the few in the whole world dedicated to jewels and goldsmithry. There are nine rooms, each one with a different subject, that will help you discover this unique sector: symbol, magic, functionality, beauty, art, fashion, design, icons, future.
Do you feel like walking around surrounded by nature? The historic park close to the city centre, Parco Querini, is quite close to the city centre and its non-traffic zone. For those who wish to go uphill, the Sanctuary of Monte Berico, dedicated to the Virgin Mary is open every day from 06.00 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 19.00. The entrance is free of charge. The small square in front of the sanctuary offers the perfect panoramic view on the city, the Small Dolomites and the Asiago Plateau. Discover the easiest itinerary to reach it on foot here!
THE VILLAS IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE
We suggest visiting Villa Valmarana "ai Nani", the renowned for its beautiful frescoes painted by Gianbattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, open every day from 10 to 18 and Palladio's most iconic villa, Villa La Rotonda, open from Friday to Sunday, from 10 to 12 and from 15 to 18 (closed on Easter and Easter Monday). Both villas are located a few kilometres away from the city centre.
In Lonigo, the Palladian Villa Pisani Bonetti is open every day upon reservation.
Tourists will find a pleasant surprise while walking along the streets of the city centre!
There are several sculptures by Lorenzo Quinn and Andrea Roggi installed in different places and squares.
The sculpture "Give" has been put in Piazza Matteotti, right in front of the Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati: the hand of a woman and the hand of a man are joined together to convey the value of giving, a message of peace, hope and faith in humanity, represented by the olive tree in the middle.
The exhibition "Terra Mater - Earth and Heaven" wants to represent the itinerary towards the aesthetic and intellectual contemplation that has inspired the view of Andrea Roggi: the relationship between nature and his own cultural roots, between human and time. There are about six sculptures showcased in Piazza dei Signori, Basilica Palladiana, Loggia del Capitaniato, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazzale Alcide de Gasperi e Piazza San Lorenzo.
Here's the calendar with all programmed events
The Galleries of Palazzo Thiene, with its artistic collections and rich interiors adorned by decorations and frescoes, become officially a Civic Museum starting from 15th January 2022, finally opening its doors to visitors. It is possible to visit the rooms at the basement and on the first floor, with an exhibition of paintings, Antonibon ceramics and local Venetian sets of dishes from the 19th century and the attic, where prints by Remondini and sculptures by Arturo Martini are showcased.
The Palazzo was originally open on 25th September 2021, and from the 26th September till the 26th December it was possible to book a guided visit to the site on Saturdays and Sundays thanks to the authorised tour guides and the Vicenza è Tourist Board.
From the 15th January 2022, the Galleries can be visited from Thursday to Sunday, observing the following opening times:
from 9 to 17 (last entrance at 16.30) until 30th June (winter time),
from 10 to 18 (last entrance at 18.30) from 1st July to 31st August (summer time).
The single ticket costs 5 €, the reduced ticket 3 €, whereas for schools the reduced price is 2 € per student. Each ticket is valid for 8 days sarting from the date of the purchase.
The visit to the Galleries is also included in the Vicenza Card, in the 4 Museums Card and in the Ticket for local Residents.
VICENZA: the Christmas market takes place in Corso Fogazzaro and in Piazza San Lorenzo from 4th December 2021 until 6th January 2022. LINK
The pre-Christmas Fair is hosted for the first time in Viale Roma, Piazzale de Gasperi and in Campo Marzo from the 17th to 19th December 2021. Same location for Epiphany, from 4th to 6th January 2022. CANCELLED
From 29th October 2021 till 14th February 2022, you can find the ice rink located in Campo Marzo, on the side of Viale Roma. Next to it, there is also a children carousel. The ice rink is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 16.30 to 21.30, and from 10 to 22.30 on Saturdays and Sundays.
BASSANO DEL GRAPPA: the classic wooden booths are located in the squares of the city, from 27th November till 26th December 2021. After them, the Epiphany market will follow in Piazza Garibaldi, from 27 December 2021 till 6th January 2022.
ASIAGO: the traditional Christmas Gardens can be visited from 13th November 2021 till 9th January 2022. info