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Palazzo Chiericati (Civic Museum):
dominates Piazza Mateotti – at the end of Corso Palladio – historically known as “the island.” The Palazzo is one of the most illustrious projects of Andrea Palladio: dating back to 1550 and built on the wishes of Girolamo Chiericati. The façade, though utilizing evident classical elements, is extremely original in the composition of these elements and in alternating between empty and full spaces. Since 1839, the Palazzo has been the seat of the Civic Museum, which was inaugurated in 1855. Since the end of the 20th Century, various works of reconstruction and change have taken place to enable the building to adapt to new criteria for visits to works exhibited. Today in the Palazzo, visitors can enjoy the Art Gallery (Italian artists and above all those from the Veneto area during the 16th-18th Century) and the section of Medieval Art.


Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre):
is to the left of Piazza Matteotti, with entrance through the essential courtyard and scanty exterior; which doesn’t allow for the imagination of the magnificence and elegance of the internal structure. It’s the final masterpiece of Palladio which was initiated in 1580, a few months from his death and terminated by his son and Vicenzo Scamozzi (whose merit created the scenographic prospectives of the stage). The theatre is similar to the structure of classical open theatres and is a triumph of fantasy and scenic make-believe.


Palazzo Leoni-Montanari:

is in Santa Corona. This is a Baroque building, perfectly restored and adapted to host museums and exhibitions. The present collections are diverse with different themes. There’s an important collection of art dedicated to the 18th Century Veneto area. There’s also a huge Italian collection, one of the largest in the world, of Russian Icons: all of high quality and of which approximately 130 out of 400 of the collection are exhibited.


Museo Naturalistico e Archeologico di Santa Corona (Naturalistic and Archaelogical Museum of Santa Corona):
is annexed to the homonymous church, prepared in the ex Dominican monastery. In the Naturalistic Section, various phases of settlement in the territory are studied along with the various geological phases of the area. There are testimonies of modern flora and fauna. In the archaeological section, a succession of various finds from various digs effected in the territory – dating from the Palaeolithic to the Roman age and finally to the High Medieval era - are presented in chronological order.


Museo Diocesano (Diocesan Museum):

was inaugurated in 2005 and is housed in a wing of the Palazzo Vescovile (Bishops Building), to the right of the Cathedral in Piazza Duomo. It contains a collection of archaeological finds, tablets and an Art Gallery (on the upper floor).

 

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