City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvinces of Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza, Veneto Region
CoordinatesN45 32 57 E11 32 58
Inscription Date1994
Property (ha)334
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsGround transport infrastructure
Unesco Reference Number712
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionFounded in the 2nd century B.C. in northern Italy, Vicenza prospered under Venetian rule from the early 15th to the end of the 18th century. The work of Andrea Palladio (1508–80), based on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, gives the city its unique appearance. Palladio's urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture. His work inspired a distinct architectural style known as Palladian, which spread to England and other European countries, and also to North America.
StatusWorld Heritage Site