Vicenza, as I already said, is a beautiful town. For the art lover there is really a lot to see. Palladio has been a generous artist to his town (he was from Padova, actually, but Vicenza became his town eventually). He was the most important architect of the Venetian Republic, in whose territory he designed numerous villas that made him famous, as well as churches and palaces, the latter predominantly in Vicenza, where he formed and lived, therefore Vicenza has a series of grand palazzo, along the main street, Corso Palladio, in fact.
One of my favorites buildings by Palladio is the The Palazzo del Capitaniato, also known as the loggia del Capitaniato or loggia Bernarda, is a palace of Andrea Palladio that overlooks the central Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, in front of the Palladian Basilica, currently the seat of the city council. It was decorated by Lorenzo Rubini, and inside the paintings are by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo. The palace was designed in 1565 and built from 1571 to 1572.
Like many other buildings by Palladio, the building remained partially unfinished: the works were stopped in 1572, although the building was not finished, and only three bays were built, instead of the (foreseen) five or seven originally planned.
Since 1994, with the other architectures of Palladio in Vicenza, it has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The side where the building should have been continued was brought to light in the 1930s, when some buildings that were built on it were demolished. There was then talk of completing the building by building the missing arches, but this hypothesis was not followed. Instead the unfinished part is now occupied by the Caffe Garibaldi, the town main caffe, where the Vicentini stop for drinks during their promenades down town.
And they should because it is really very nicely located. It sits just in from of the beautiful basilica, at the beginning of the beautiful spacious rectangular piazza. The view is always stunning, summer or winter.
Like many cafes in Italy these days, it offers light lunches everyday, but it also features a vast choice of pastries, and snacks served with the aperitif at noon, or in the evening for ”happy hour.” because yes, we also have happy hours!