Together, with the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Palazzo della Ragione is a symbol of the city. Built in 1288, it is called the Salone, or lounge, because of its large room with its wooden vaulted ceiling (destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries), making it the largest undivided hall in the world. The piazza and the bustling daily market are dominated by its loggia. It was a real layman's center in the city. Justice was carried out in the upper rooms, adorned with frescoes of astrological depictions (perhaps even by Giotto). If the sentence was serious, the accused would be taken to one of the local prisons. The building also houses a large wooden horse that Annibale Capodilista had made for a merry-go-round and then donated to the city. On the ground floor, traditional commercial activities took place, as they still do today.
One of the most prominent squares in Padua is Piazza dei Signori. Surrounded by medieval houses on all sides, this rectangular Piazza provides great insight into the Renaissance era architecture. However, the main attraction here is the clock tower, which can be called the crowning jewel of this famous square.
Prato della Valle is a square located in the city of Padova, Italy. Spread over a vast area of 90,000 meters (2,95,276 foot), the oval shaped square is the largest in the country. The square came into existence in the year 1635, when a temporary theater was built here. Thereafter, in the year 1775, the entire area was re-constructed to give the square it's current appearance. The square is beautifully designed with an island of grass in the center, surrounded by a ring of water. A total of 78 statues are placed at each side of the water ring. Today, the square forms an ideal meeting place with large number of people visiting the square to take a walk, skate or study. Festivals too are celebrated at the square.
The only Venetian square to be granted the title of 'piazza', St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is the city's political, religious and social center. The square lies at one end of the Grand Canal, surrounded by some of the city's most iconic historic edifices. The Basilica di San Marco is the focal point of the square - a 12th-century, Venetian-Byzantine church highlighted with gold mosaics and lavish carvings. On either side lie the Procuratie Vecchie, stately buildings that once harbored the offices and apartments of the procurators. Two columns erected in honor of the city's patron saints, St. Mark and St. Theodore of Amasea, stand nearby, while the splendid Doge's Palace, the towering Campanile, the Procuratie Nuove, the National Library, and a couple of museums take up the rest of the space around Venice's largest square. The city's history comes together at the awe-inspiring St. Mark's Square.
Construction of this church started at the end of the 14th Century by the Dominican friars. It was completed at the beginning of the 15th Century. The remains of 25 Doges are buried here and over these centuries the church has earned the status of a minor basilica. The sepulchral monuments are in the care of the Lombardi family and the monuments of Nicolo Marcello, Pietro Lombardo and Pietro Mocenigo are masterpieces by the same sculptor, whose works occupy the whole left side of the entrance. Also impressive is the monument erected in the honor of Andrea Vendramin, and the paintings by Veronese and Piazzetta. A beautiful juxtaposition of Gothic as well as Renaissance-style architecture, San Zanipolo is a must-visit.
This abby is located in the center of the city and has been created in the VI century on the tomb of the saint Giustina. The abby and teh manstery have been closed by Napoleone in 1810 and then reopened in 1919. Is one of the biggest of the christianity. The dimensions are 122 meters long and 82 meters wide.
The International Library La Vigna is an important library in Vicenza, Italy. It boasts of a wide collection of documents on agriculture and wines. The library was established in 1981. Currently, the International Library La Vigna is known to house about 50,000 books. The library is housed in an old building that dates back to the 18th Century.
Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore is located in the city of Venice, Italy. The palace was built in the 15th Century inspired by Gothic architecture. Overlooking the Grand Canal, the palace has a spectacular views of the pristine waters. Now, the palace is under the ownership of the Gaggia family.
San Domenico is a single-nave church located on a small island on Chioggia’s north eastern tip, and traces its beginnings to late 13th Century. Over the centuries, the church has undergone many restructurings and restorations, including a complete demolition in 1745, after which it was rebuilt to its contemporary dimensions. Today, the parish and sanctuary houses masterpieces like a magnificent crucifix, Vittore Carpaccio's last known painting, and Leandro da Bassano’s Pietà
Villa Pisani (Bagnolo) was designed by Andrea Palladio for the Pisani family in Lonigo. The villa is surrounded by agricultural estate and rural settings. It is a beautiful white structure and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The design of the villa was published in Palldio's book Four Books Of Architecture.
Murano, the island to the north of Venice, is known for its glass-making skills. Consequently, tourists and locals alike shop in Murano and Venice for beautiful glassware and lamp works. MA.RE Glass is both an art gallery and a shop and has gained critical acclaim in prestigious publications. Its decorative panels, chandeliers, vases and glass art boast of fine Italian workmanship and its clients include luxury hotels, yacht owners as well as individual collectors. Only the finest glass artists in Venice and Italy are invited by the owner to create its merchandise. Its cutlery, barware and crystal glass works showcase elegance, fine detailing and often sport fluid elements, reminiscent of flowing water and the sea world. It also sells blue glass items depicting fish, snails octopus and other molluscs.
Le Zitelle is a cathedral in Venice which gets its name from the fact that it used to provide shelter to young women, which translates to Zitelle in Italian. These women came from backgrounds where no dowry was available for them. The cathedral area is, therefore, surrounded by horseshoe-shaped living quarters. The church, which is said to have been designed by the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio, houses works of renowned artists of the time. The adjoining convent for young women, however, has been turned into a hotel while the church itself only opens its doors on Sundays.