VICENZA:
the museum

Vicenza town also provides a few fascinating museums. In a two and a half hour tour it’s possible to combine a maximum of three (suggested two) of the following with the Olimpic Theatre, the last of Palladio’s works;
– the picture gallery of Palazzo Chiericati, a Palladian building housing the paintings of the most important Veneto masters such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Paolo Veronese, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veneziano, Bartolomeo Montagna, Giulio Carpioni, Gianbattista Piazzetta;
– the Archaeological Museum exhibiting important finds from Vicenza’s Roman and pre-Roman period, among them a prestigious collection of Roman gravestones, and a naturalistic section with the area’s flora and fauna;
– the Galleries of Palazzo Leoni-Montanari: a museum that is also one of the most important baroque palaces of Vicenza (owned by Banca Intesa) and is one of the most prestigious museums of the Veneto region. Within the building, which represents a singularity in the context of Vicenza, are hosted two collections. The first, on the noble level, consists of important paintings from the Veneto’s eighteenth century, among them are prominent the names of Pietro Longhi, Luca Carlevarijs, Canaletto and Francesco Guardi. Here, the contents and that which contains them are finely harmonized.
– The second collection is on the second floor and is the most important permanent collection of Russian icons of Western Europe. A fascinating collection of a distant world that never ceases to surprise.

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