Vicenza is "The City of Palladio"; full of the stunningly beautiful buildings of the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. The 23 Vicenza buildings designed by Palladio were all inscribed in 1994 by UNESCO on its list of World Heritage Sites, along with the nearby Palladian Villas of the Veneto, making Vicenza one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Italy. But despite its historical beauty, this is a thoroughly modern city, and expats living in Vicenza will love getting to know the various bars, restaurants, museums and piazzas. While living in Vicenza, any expatriate should definitively spend some time taking in the local sites, such as the Church of Santa Maria Annunciata, and the Villa Almerico Capra (or “La Rotunda”) in order to get a first feel for Italian life.
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Vicenza is ideally located in the north of Italy between the cities of Verona and Venice. An 18th century train station connects the city with most parts of the country, while the local Vicenza “Tommaso Dal Molin” Airport and Venice’s Marco Polo airport offer flights across Europe and beyond. Expats moving to Vicenza should have a good grasp of Italian before they arrive – while a variety of languages are spoken among the expatriate community, you will be expected to at least attempt to converse in the local language. If you are planning to drive in Vicenza, make sure you can understand the Italian road signs, and the road laws of the Veneto region. Sign up on InterNations, the largest global online expat network, to swap stories with other expats and get tips on assimilating to life in the north of Italy.
Vicenza is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, largely as a result of its textile and steel industries. The city is also known for its agriculture, and the wine of the Veneto region is extremely popular not just with expatriates in Vicenza but around the world. On the outskirts of the city, there are a number of large industrial estates, and tens of thousands of locals and expats commute daily from the city center and from the idyllic Veneto countryside to work in these. Expatriates working in Vicenza will enjoy all the benefits of life in a thriving city, with the stunning scenery and culture you would expect from life in the north of Italy. Before you leave for Vicenza, make sure you have the right to work in Italy, and stay on top of any changes in your visa situation. Speak to other expats living in Vicenza or other Italian cities about any questions or concerns you may have, simply by joining InterNations and using the forums and private messages system to your heart’s content.