The Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza is a national monument

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When you think of Vicenza, the Basilica Palladiana is what comes to mind. A symbol of the city, the basilica is a Renaissance building in the central Piazza dei Signori.

Designed by Palladio and completed in 1614, it is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites.
Between 2007 and 2012 the Basilica underwent several restorations and it was finally reopened October 5, 2012 with the opening of the exhibit “Raffaello verso Picasso”.

After winning the European Union's award for the cultural heritage thanks to the excellent quality of the restoration, on March 27, 2014 the Basilica was officially declared a National Monument, following the Senate Committee's approval.

This is the third national monument in the province: the other two are Monte Grappa and Monte Pasubio.

The city's mayor is confident that the news will help to promote not only the Basilica, but also the town and the territory around it. The Basilica will also participate in the “Public Choice Awards”, that a popular jury will give to the project that receives the most votes on the internet. The winners will be announced during a ceremony to be held May 5, 2014 in Vienna, during the annual conference of Europa Nostra, when the award for best restoration won by the Basilica Palladiana will also be officially handed over.

As part of the effort to promote the Basilica and attract more visitors, a bar will be opened on the terrace of the Basilica on May 17. Access will cost €1 to residents of the city or province and €3 to tourists, while kids won't have to pay anything. For those who plan on accessing the terrace frequently, a season pass will be available for €10. The bar will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 6pm to 12am.