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photo LEFT: A bus  enters the city center.

Practical information for Vicenza

Location: Vicenza is less than an hour from Venice by train. The railroad and bus station is at the bottom of a hill that leads up to the city center. Just follow the Viale Roma until you reach the city walls, then walk through the gate into the pedestrian zone.

If you're driving, take the A4 motorway to the Vicenza Ouest exit and follow the signs into town.

Tourist office: The APT Vicenza is on the Piazza Matteotti at the northeastern edge of the pedestrian zone. To reach it from the railroad station, just walk to the city center, enter the gate, and continue straight down the Corso Palladio until you see the Teatro Olimpico. (You can't miss the tourist office, which is on the square.)

Guidebooks: For sightseeing, we recommend Vicenza and its Province: The city and the village of Andrea Palladio from the Touring Club of Italy. The 112-page paperback is filled with well-organized descriptions, illustrations, and maps for Vicenza and nearby towns.

Jonathan Buckley and Hilary Robinson's Venice: The Rough Guide has 15 pages of sightseeing and practical information for Vicenza and its immediate surroundings. Dorling Kindersley's Venice & the Veneto Eyewitness Guide and Fodor's Exploring Venice have enough information (about five pages each) for daytrippers.

Web site: Cecilia Masaracchia--an official tour guide for Vicenza, the Veneto villas, and the Brenta Canal--has put together an excellent site called Tour-Vicenza.com that you should visit before planning an excursion or overnight journey to Vicenza. The Vicenza history and heritage page is filled with background information on the town, and the site has a Vicenza in Images section with more than 200 photos. (You can also book a private tour in English, Italian, or Portuguese.)

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