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In this chapter we discuss one of the most developed, lively and characteristic localities of the Alto Vicentino, Arzignano.

Arzignano owes its name to "Arzene", or embankment, a Venetian term with which we want to witness the hard work of moving the riverbed from the center of the valley. This town is located along the course of the Chiampo stream, which also gives its name to the valley, between the green hills of Vicenza and the wonderful Lessinia Natural Regional Park.

To make this protected area an ideal destination for visitors looking for a genuine contact with nature and the ancient traditions of the mountain people, are the gentle grassy peaks, with its animals free to graze, the fearsome scattered rock formations on the territory, the numerous valleys and canyons that furrow the ground and the unique and typical products that only such a wild territory can offer.

Arzignano

To visit we find, the Arzignano Castle, whose first evidence dates back to 1370, a time when the fear of external incursions and internal struggles within the family led the Scaligeri to build castles and fortresses throughout the conquered territory. Built on the Colle di Santa Maria, by the Scala family in the 14th century, after having removed and defeated the Counts of Arzignano, a branch of the renowned Maltraversi family.

The lords of Verona remained to govern the area until 1387, when it passed into the hands of the Visconti, who restored and strengthened the fortress. In the fifteenth century Arzignano passed under the dominion of the Republic of Venice, and in that period it was besieged by the Hungarian knights led by Filippo Buondelmonti degli Scolari.

Arzignano Castle

According to legend, it is said that the population prayed to Sant'Agata from Catania, asking to be freed from the persecution. A few days later, miraculously, the enemy soldiers withdrew and the city dedicated a chapel to the Saint in the hamlet of Tezze. Since that day, every year we remember the liberation of the castle and the death of Sant'Agata, going in procession to the votive chapel. Over the centuries the castle passed into the hands of several owners, thus ending up in abandonment. Only in recent years, after having restored the building, is it possible to walk the walkway that connects the towers and parts of a fresco with the Lion of San Marco are truncated in the light.

Arzignano

Do not miss the Cathedral of Ognissanti, which has a Latin cross plan, divided into three naves, built in 1803 and in neoclassical style. Previously on this place was the Pieve di Santa Maria, dating back to around 1400, where it was later demolished to make way for the current church. The church of Sant’Agata in the hamlet of Tezze, dating back to at least the fourteenth century, where at the time there was only a capital or a small chapel.

◊ FROM RECOARO TERME TO MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE

From Recoaro Terme to Montecchio Maggiore

An area in the Vicenza area that runs along the Agno valley.

◊ THE TERRITORY

The Vicenza Province

Famous for the nicknames about cats.

◊ THE VICENZA PROVINCE ◊

It is one of the most industrialized and richest areas in Italy but, at the same time, still maintains many green and wild areas. You’ll beamazed by the charm of this city thanks to its Palladian villas, sumptuous palaces, the great green valleys that run throughout the territory, such as the Valsugana, and the great enchanted woods of the Seven Municipalities Plateau. Do not miss the typical towns of Vicenza, set in the territory as precious diamonds, which preserve works and typical products of the highest prestige. This province, famous for the nicknames about cats, will surprise you day by day for its artistic beauties scattered throughout the territory. Plan your holidays in the province of Vicenza, our tips and suggestive photographs will help you to take the right path for your trip.

 

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