The noble palace in piazza Matteotti just across from Teatro Olimpico at the bottom of Corso Palladio is considered one of Palladio’s finest works on account of its unusual design and elevation. It was inspired by the Doge palace in
Venice Italy & now houses the city museum (Museo Civico). The bulding was once completely surrounded by water, and Palladio was commisioned to design the building
by Girolamo Chiericati, nobleman and one of Vicenza's most important citizens at the time. After his death, his son Valerio
called upon an extraordinary équipe of artists including Ridolfi, Zelotti, Fasolo, Forbicini and Battista Franco to decorate the interiors. Today the palace stands proud in front of the
recently completed youth hostel in Vicenza just a stone's throw away from Ponte degli Angeli, between both the Bacchiglione and Retrone rivers.
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Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza