13 Facts About Vicenza


Vicenza is approximately 60 kilometres west of Venice and 200 kilometres east of Milan.

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Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi.

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Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial centre as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities, in large part due to its textile and steel industries, which employ tens of thousands.

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Tyrannical Ezzelino III from Bassano drove the Guelphs out of Vicenza, and caused his brother, Alberico, to be elected podesta .

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Vicenza came under the rule of the Republic of Venice in 1404, and its subsequent history is that of Venice.

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Vicenza was a candidate to host the Council of Trent.

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Vicenza is home to the US Army post Caserma Ederle, known as the U S Army Garrison Vicenza.

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The average age of Vicenza residents is 43 compared to the Italian average of 42.

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Vicenza railway station, opened in 1846, forms part of the Milan–Venice railway, and is a junction of two branch lines, to Schio and Treviso, respectively.

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Vicenza is home to Vicenza Hurricanes American Football team which currently plays in League 2.

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Vicenza is home to Rangers Rugby Vicenza, A rugby union team who compete in Serie A2.

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Vicenza is known for its simple dishes, and often famous cheeses, fruits, ingredients and wines, such as sopressa Vicentina, Asiago cheese, Marostica cherries, Nanto truffles, Bassano asparagus and Breganze Cabernet wine.

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Inhabitants of Vicenza are jokingly referred to by other Italians as mangiagatti, or "cat eaters".

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