VICENZA (situated ca. one hour by car from here) the city of Palladio, city par excellence, not only for having taken him in warmly as a young man when he left his native Padova, and giving him the necessary tools and training which enabled him to become the century's greatest architect, but also for having remained faithful to the ideals which he had introduced, even generations later. Vicenza has chosen to remain Palladian in spirit despite the temptations of other models and fashions; in this it has shown itself to be truly coherent right up to the present day. Naturally there is also a pre-Palladian Vicenza, visitable in Roman and medieval monuments.