One of the richest cities in Italy, Vicenza is located in North East of the country.
In 157 BC the city was named Vicetia or Vicentia which means Victorious. Vicenza is a stunning city in between of Venice and Milan is worth to see. It is a quiet, back-laid and interesting place.
In January, the city gets a little chilly with the temperature of 15°C (60.6°F) and warm summer with 38.2°C (100.08°F) during August. Before I visited Vicenza, I was in Rome first and it was 30°C. When I arrived in Vicenza, it was around end of July, and the climate was perfect (27-29°C).
If you are arriving from Marco Polo Airport, you can easily take a bus going to Venezia Mestre then catch a train going to Verona. The total cost should be from 16€. The ride will take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Now, here are my 7 awesome things to do in Vicenza.
1. Wine Tasting
I visited this amazing city with my boyfriend, he is really into wine, so we decided to find a wine store to buy some wine and maybe do wine tasting.
Cost: It didn’t cost us anything for wine tasting, as long as you are a genuine buyer and not only after for free wines. Wine prices ranges from 5€ to 30€ or more.
Tips: Walk around the city and when you found a wine store, ask them if you can do wine tasting as you have no idea which one to buy. My boyfriend and I said that we are looking for a wine for my cousin (which is true) but we don’t know which one to get. Then they offer us to do wine tasting.
Bonus tip: Ask for local wines, it’s always interesting to try local products.
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2. Bike Tour
When we were there, it’s not very warm. The weather was perfect for cycling. I was a little bit envy that I can’t ride bike that time. The city has lesser traffic compare to the other cities of Italy. As Vicenza is not very big, you can easily go around with your bike and conveniently discover every corner of this amazing place.
Tips and cost: You can easily rent a bike from your hotel or hostels, if your hotel doesn’t offer one, try to another hotel/hostel. Costs vary depends on type of bike or how long you will rent it, prices starts from 10€ for a day.
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3. Eat Seafoods
Taking a break from Pizza? Don’t worry because Vicenza is close to the sea, this makes the fish and seafood in the restaurants always fresh! We didn’t try this as we don’t have time.
Tips and cost: Try walk around the city and you will be diving into bunches of Seafood Restaurants from expensive to cheapest. Some of the dining restaurants doesn’t even have standard menu, as the food will be serve depending if they catches fresh ones from the sea.
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4. Hike to Monte Berico
This church is no ordinary one! It is standing at the top of the hill which overlooks the city. My cousin serves as our tour guide going to this Church. It was a funny experience because he only said that we will take a tour. My boyfriend and I weren’t ready that we will be hiking up!
Tips and cost: Remember to bring enough water during the walk. It won’t take that long but if the sun is up, you better be ready. Prepare you camera as the view is stunning and the Church itself is beautiful. It wouldn’t cost you anything; a donation inside the Church is optional. You can also light a candle.
Worth to climb Monte Berico Church
5. Sit back with a cup of coffee
It is undeniable how good Italian coffee is, don’t waste your chance and try it. From espresso, Americano or cappuccino; Vicenza will not disappoint you.
Tips and cost: Price of good coffee starting from 1€. Sit outside and enjoy watching people around you.
We are having our siesta time, so the pigeons are!
6. Unwind around Parco Querini
This park is special not only for its stunning big white statues but also for the animals that wander around. You can see running rabbit, swimming fishes, sun bathing turtles and lovely chickens. It’s a big park where people can relax and have some off from all the tourists.
Tips and cost: Bring a blanket and some snack while enjoying this park. If you’re an active person, you can do some running around, exercise platforms are also provided for; push-ups, sit ups and more. Parco Querini is a public place where people can come and go for free.
7. And of course, Shopping
Italians are also fashionable and on trends, so don’t forget to stop by to some shops and hunt some discounted stuffs. Outlet store are very popular all over the country, where you can buy expensive brand of clothes and shoes cheaper than any other places.
Tips and cost: This is a golden rule; don’t buy the first thing you will see. Look around and find the best offer.
Bonus: Stop by at Antonio Pigafetta’s house
None of you might have heard about him, he’s an Italian who traveled with Ferdinand Magellan to the Philippines. Pigafetta is the one of the main source of what we know about Magellan’s trip to the Philippines. He served to Magellan as an assistant and kept a journal throughout the journey. He was the eye witness of Magellan’s death and reporter of the news to King Charles I of Spain. He also contributed to the first recorded document in Cebuano language. Could he be the first travel blogger? *wink*
Tips and cost: The house is still on stand good but people cannot visit the house inside, unfortunately.
Antonio Pigafetta’s House
Piazza Dei Signori
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Vicenza might not be on your top list of cities to visit in Italy. This city is for people who are looking for a break from the crowd yet you can still feel the Italian culture. I highly recommend visiting this place because generally, the cost here is cheaper than the other cities, it’s more laid back place and there are more than 7 reasons to visit this lovely city. Enjoy! But remember that there are more than 7 awesome things to do in Vicenza, just pack your things and fly there!
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Hello! I am Mary Charie Ramos Ylagan I’m a bookworm, ice cream hyped (only chocolate flavour or something with chocolate on it, ah, I don’t even know why I’m babbling about this), writer and a traveller. I am a private person, like very. One of my friends even said that maybe I was a hooker before. But if you are highly curious about my personality (which I profoundly doubt), we should travel together. I’m sarcastic in an annoying way but my very close friends love it, though! Pulling some jokes is like a hobby to me, although this gives me hard time to open up my feelings. That’s why I love my blog, it lets me express myself in a different angle.
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