Basilica palladiana (English)
Updated to: 12/07/2021
Civic Museums are open from 27 April 2021, Tuesday to Sunday, in compliance with the anti-Covid-19 regulations.
The Basilica Palladiana is a symbolic building of Vicenza, north-eastern Italy. It is well-known for the loggia on orders of serlians, designed by the great architect Andrea Palladio, which surrounds the medieval Palazzo della Ragione, and became heritage of Unesco in 1994.
Between 2007 and 2012, the Basilica was restored thanks to the essential contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Verona Vicenza Belluno and Ancona. It has been reopened on October 5th 2012, in conjunction with the great exhibit “Raffaello verso Picasso. Storie di sguardi, volti e figure”.
On May 9th 2014, the Basilica Palladiana became a National Monument thanks to the draft law approved on March 27th 2014 during its deliberation by the Culture Committee of the Senate. On May 5th 2014, during the Basilica Palladiana’s restore, it has been assigned in Vienna the “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ 2014 Europa Nostra Award” for the cultural heritage preservation.
Set-up of "Great exhibitions in the Basilica" compacted into a "cube"
During the visit to the hall, you can admire the 8 metres by 8 metres metallic structure, 3.5 metres high.
It is a novel and virtuous architectonic solution from a technical and economic viewpoint.
The walls making up the set-up consist of modular blocks in black metal, with mechanisms that allow them to be easily shifted around and connected in order to create the chosen layout.
Currently underway is a project that will allow the walls of the cube to be used to tell the story of the Palladian Basilica, thereby offering visitors some cues to deepen their knowledge of the monument during the visit.
Ground floor, Loggia and lounge
Ground floor, Loggia, terrace and bar
By booking with the call centre: reservation fee EUR 1.50 for individual visitors; EUR 5 for groups of 10 to 25 people
By booking online: reservation fee + 10% of the ticket price, valid for groups residing outside the province of Vicenza
By booking with the call centre: reservation fee EUR 1.50 for individual visitors; EUR 5 for classes)
- residents in Vicenza and province
- students up to 25 years of age with student card or university record book
- FAI members with card
- Italian Touring Club members with card
- Isic members with card
- Ctg members with card
- free admission events
- residents outside the Province of Vicenza with entry in the evening after 18:00 during opening hours of the bar service (if available), with possibility of visiting loggias and terraces
- residents outside the Province of Vicenza in the event of partial visit to the Monument
- free admission events
- residents in Vicenza and province with entry in the evening after 18:00 during opening hours of the bar service (if available), with possibility of visiting loggias and terraces
- residents in Vicenza and province in the event of partial visit to the Monument
Subscription for evening entry to the terrace of the Palladian Basilica during the opening of the bar
EUR 10 (valid for 6 months from date of purchase)
Only for residents in Vicenza and province (please produce document proving residence)
EUR 9 euro (valid for 30 days from date of purchase, available at the ticket counter or by reservation with the call centre - reservation fee EUR 1.50/adult)
Sites that can be visited:
- Olympic Theatre
- Palladian Basilica
- Civic Museum of Palazzo Chiericati
- Church of Santa Corona
- Naturalistic-Archaeological Museum
- Risorgimento and Resistance Museum
- disabled people and assistant
- journalists with card
- tourist guides and escorts with card
- teachers accompanying school classes
- army personnel and law enforcement agents
- Icom (International Council of Museums) members
- Children under 18
Archaeological area of Corte dei Bissari
In the basements of the Basilica Palladiana there is the Archeological site of “Corte dei Bissari”.
The archaeological area allows visitors to immerse themselves in the living reality of a distant but crucial epoch to better understand the events that preceded the Palladian Renaissance. Not only ancient stored structures have been recovered, but also a selection of archeological materials retrieved during the excavation, shown in some reserved showcases, respectively, to the Protohistoric Age (VII-II century B.C.), to the first Romanization (II-I century B.C.), and to the Roman and Late Roman Age (I-V century A.D.). One showcase, located at the Langobardic burial reconstruction, keeps a precious golden cross. Thus, the site includes most of Vicenza history, from its foundation, made by the ancient Venetians, to the Renaissance, and also the main attraction, that generates much interest, a residential area urban reconstruction of the ancient Vicetia, at that time adjacent to the city forum.
The archeological site is 150 square meters and has a walkway, from which is possible to see, through the transparent glass floor, the remains of the original Roman road. The path also provides related explanatory materials with titles, subtitles, and captions, also in English.
from 1 July, on Thursday (30-minute visits from 10 to 12) and Saturday (30-minute visits from 14 to 18) only by booking (minimum 24 hours beforehand) at 3774360180, email@example.com
Visitors will be led to the archaeological area by a Scatola Cultura (Culture Box) escort who will provide accurate explanations.
You will be admitted to the archaeological area from the main entrance of the Basilica Palladiana, in Piazza dei Signori.
for visits on Thursday and Saturday: EUR 4 per person. The minimum rate of EUR 20 per shift will apply to a minimum number of visitors (from 5 to 7 persons).
You will have to wear the mask and keep a distance of one metre from people.
Body temperature will be measured at the entrance: you will not be admitted if a temperature of 37.5°C is exceeded.
For the 2021-2023 three-year period, the educational service of Vicenza’s Civic Museums has been assigned to Scatola Cultura, a non-profit cooperative that offers a very far-reaching program, with several types of educational courses for the various age brackets, from primary school to high school.
Download here the brochure with educational activities
For information on educational activities:
tel. 3483832395, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://scatolacultura.it/
For bookings: Call Centre: +39 0444 964380 – Monday to Friday 9:00 to 18:00, Saturday 9:00 to 14:00.
This museum is the first in Italy and one of the few worldwide to be dedicated exclusively to jewellery. The Jewellery Museum (https://www.museodelgioiello.it/en), a permanent museum space of 410 square metres inside the Palladian Basilica, is a project first developed by Italian Exhibition Group in partnership with the City Council of Vicenza.
The new Museum, offers an original, varied aesthetic and educational jewellery experience, enhancing items with ancient origins, deeply rooted in human culture.
Privates, concessions for events and shows
For the exclusive use of the terrace (for a maximum of 150 people), the loggia (for a maximum of 350 people), the hall on the noble floor (for a maximum of 90 people) and the Domus Comestabilis room (for a maximum of 50 people), please refer to the Cultural and museum activities service (email: email@example.com- number 0444222122 - fax 0444222155).
Prices and forms available at: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/other/condizioni.php
Celebration of civil weddings and civil unions
It is possible to book the terrace or the Domus Comestabilis room to celebrate civil weddings or civil unions in the Basilica.
For more info:
- Basilica's history
- Basilica’s upper hall
- Sito Unesco
- Basilica’s restore
- European Union Prize/ Europa Nostra
- Basilica Palladiana’s photo gallery
- Photo gallery of the Basilica Palladiana’s terrace and loggia
- Photo gallery of the Basilica Palladiana’s restore
Where and when
Address: Piazza dei Signori
Website: Civic Museums Vicenza