What to visit in Thiene

Beyond the Castle: what you can visit in Thiene

The Castle of Thiene is in the heart of the city of Thiene, an ancient center of Roman origins, a few kilometers far from Vicenza. The old town that surrounds the Castle is a limited traffic area. It is the perfect place to have a walk through the streets where shops and bars are hosted inside historical buildings that, through their stones, tell the history of the city.

 

Coming out of the courtyard of the castle, walking through the tower, you get to Ferrarin Square. The same route was also made in the past by the owners of the castle but a few meters below you. The Castle in fact has an underground passage that once gave access to the square where the fifteenth century's Gentilizia Chapel stands. It is dedicated to the Nativity of Mary, with the characteristic red brick facade. More recent is the fountain of Bacchus and Ariadne, dedicated to drinkers through quotations from Horace. It was given the citizens by the last member of the Colleone family who lived in the Castle, Guardino Colleoni.

 

Going on with your walk you will arrive to Chilesotti Square, the ancient political center of the city. Here was the fourteenth-century Loggia del Podestà, the city government building, demolished in the 20s of '900 to build the War Memorial of the First World War, still warning of the terrible conflict. Close by there is Machiavelli Palace, with its facade of red diamonds, commissioned by a cocky Vicario who did not wat to reside in the Lodge but preferred to administer the power directly from home. Soars into the sky, with its sleek profile, the tower built by the famous Renaissance architect Sebastiano Serlio, halfway between sacred and profane. Local people call it "bell tower" but it is actually a civic tower, point of transition between the seat of political power and the the religious power.

 

Passing through the tower you arrive, in fact, to the Duomo Square. Here stands the Cathedral dedicated to San Gaetano (Thiene) of ancient origin but lively site of adjustments and embellishments until the 60s. On the external east wall of the Cathedral you can admire the gothic tomb of Miglioranza Thiene. The smaller Rosario Church is a fifteenth-century architecture. Its façade was decorated only in '900 because before then it was hidden by other buildings but inside it preserves intact its original character.

 

Other interestint sites worth mentioning are the Art Nouveau balustrade of Casa Chilesotti, along Corso Garibaldi, the City Library hosted the Thiene-Cornaggia villa whose facade is half fifteenth and mid-nineteenth century, the church of St. Vincent, the most ancient one in the city made in the fourteenth century by three brothers from the Thiene family to commemorate their deceased father.

 

For any other information regarding the area please contact Ufficio IAT ( office for touristic infomation) go to the website www.pedemontanavicentina.com/associazione-iat or call  the number +39 0445-804837

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