From the same Pizza delle Erbe is accessed enclosure where the imposing Torre dei Lamberti. With its 84 meter high tower it dominates the square and the rest of the historic heart of Verona. You can visit the bell tower, the best thing is to climb to the top to enjoy the view. From there you can see Verona for what it is: a small city surrounded by mountains and split by the river Adige, where it seems that time has stopped at the time of the Capulets and Montagues. The climb to the tower costs € 2.1 using the elevator, or 1,5 € if using the stairs.
The Ca D'Oro is a magnificent palace located on the Grand Canal in Venice. It is a symbol of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance art in Venice. This can be seen in the different levels visible in the galleries of the facade. Inside, you can see exhibitions of paintings of Tuscan and Flemish schools, sculptures and bronzes.
The Palazzo della Ragione beautiful building is nestled between two squares, one of fruit and the other of herbs. It's very close to the Piazza dei Signori. The palace is famous for its frescos, which represent crafts, arts, and zodiac signs. It's also notable for its loggias and its hull-shaped roof.
The Palazzo del Capitano the work of Falconetto in the years 1599-1605, has a peculiariity,its astronomical clock or the Arc dell'Orologio from 1532. Near this palace are the Loggia della Gran Guardia, built in the years 1496-1523, the del Capitanio and after crossing the arch, the Liviano building built in 1939 by Gio Ponti, where the Faculty of Arts and the Museum of Art and Arqueology is located with great works by Donatello and Roman or Greek objects.
This large building complex, which was begun in the sixteenth century, is the headquarters of the University of Padua. It's very interesting to see the ancient courtyard, the Hall of Forty (where you can see the chair that belonged to Galileo Galilei, who taught here from 1592 to 1610), the Aula Magna, and the famous anatomical theatre. The campus is usually packed with people.
This is one of the oldest buildings in Padua, the tower and its cental part of which date back to the twelfth century. In the fourteenth century was the property of the Carraresi family, then the Zabarella in XIX was renovated in neoclassical style which today is a prestigious showroom. Do not fail to see all this Via San Francesco, it contains buildings of undoubted interest.
This is an amazing place, home to several historic buildings, and a magical light display at dusk. Lamberti Tower is sure to catch your eye because of its height, and Gardelo Tower is half-hidden in an corner, with one of the oldest mechanical clocks in Europe. The Lion of St Mark high on a column, and the Fountain of Madonna complete this stunning view.
Palazzo Grimani was reopened in 2008 after several restorations and it's one of Venice's oldest historical buildings, now part of the cultural heritage. Inside you can admire the beautiful ceiling of the room with foliage, an oval Palladian staircase and the metamorphosis of the rooms of Callisto, the tribune. There are works of art preserved and stored such as paintings by Titian, Veronese, Bassano and Tintoretto and major exhibitions. There are guided tours.
This place is simply amazing! I knew about the Villa Capra (which is also known as the Rotunda), because of the film-opera "Don Giovanni" by Joseph Losey and I can assure you that this sixteenth-century villa (which was built by the architect Andrea Palladio) is a pure wonder! The best is when you go inside ...
First you see the beautiful ceiling statues, and then the beautiful gardens. Here nature is king: there are birds of many colors, plants, animals, etc.. Unfortunately the day I went I could only see the outside because it was all closed (the town only organizes tours in the summer (check beforehand at the Padua Tourism Office.) Note that the channels that you see next to the house in Losey's film do not exist, they were added by the director.
This beautiful, Gothic style building is famous for being the home of Antonio Pigafetta of Vicenza (1492-1531), who accompanied the navigator Ferdinand Magellan on his famous voyage, when the Earth was circumnavigated for the first time. The palace was built by Stefano da Ravenna around 1440, and at the end of the century, Matthew Pigafetta added the wooden Renaissance door. It's a beautiful building, with rich decorations in Nanto or Vicenza stone. On the lower part of the facade, the motto "n'est sans Espine roses" is carved, meaning "there is no rose without a thorn", a tribute to the family coat of arms of Pigafetta. The house, which is located just behind the Palladian Basilica, is currently being restored, but is privately owned, so you can not visit the interior. But it's definitely worth going to take a look at the outside, especially when the sun is shining on the facade.
The Cordellina Palace is located in one of the narrow streets in the historic centre of Vicenza. It dates back to the late 1700's, and was designed by architect Otto Calderari. It's currently owned by the Bertoliana Library. The palace was recently restored completely, up to, and including the interior frescoes by Guidolini and Chiesa. It is now used by the Library and the City of Vicenza to host exhibitions and conferences. The first of these took place at the end of 2011, in memory of the writer Fogazzaro, who was a native of Vicenza.