The first day of study visit in Italy

We've been waiting so long for this.

In Italy, the 12th September was a really sunny and hot day. The study visit started near the Vicenza Train station. Representatives of Project Partners from Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Italy took part in that study visit. After welcoming speech of the representative of the Veneto Region, we went to the Palladio Museum.

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Maybe the name "Palladio Museum" doesn't tell you much. At the beginning, let me write few words about Palladio. Andrea di Pietro della Gondola was born on 30th November, 1508 in Padua, Italy. He was a member of a modest family of craftsmen. Under the influence of his patron - Gian Giorgio Trissino - he changed his name to Andrea Palladio.

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He was a very famous Italian Renaissance architect and was mostly active in Venetian Region. Nowadays, he is widely considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the history of architecture. As it may be considered, most of buildings designed by him, are located in the area of Venetian Republic, but the whole knowledge, which he included in his treatise "The Four Books of Architecture", is widely recognized even till now.

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The city of Vicenza, with its 23 buildings designed by Palladio, and 24 Palladian Villas of the Veneto are listed by UNESCO as part of a World Heritage Site named City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.

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The Palladio Museum is a very interesting place, that highlights the whole history and activity of Andrea Palladio - the most famous citizen of Vicenza. The large-scale models of many of his amazing designs, are kept in the museum and catch the attention of its visitors.

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After visitng the Museum, all attendants of the study visit took a walk to the city centre. During that walk, we had a chance to see more of Palladio's incredible designs.

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The last point of our walk was the Bassilica Palladiana. The mighty building, which has been the center of political and economic life in Vicenza for centuries, rises at Piazza dei Signori and it's name is inseparably connected with the name of the famous architect.

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During our study visit, we also had a chance to go to the roof of Bassilica, where we could admire fantastic view.

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I'm pretty sure that this study visit made a big impression on all its attendants.

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