The last two days of our travels were spent in Padova, Vicenza, and Verona. In Padova we saw the current Renzo Piano Building Workshop ‘Piece by Piece’ Exposition, which was really interesting and inspiring. In the afternoon we went to Vicenza to check into our last hotel and go see Villa Rotonda. This was like being inside of every architecture textbook ever. It was even more impressive in person than I would have imagined. The next morning we went to Verona to visit Castlevecchio. This castle was redesigned by Carlo Scarpa to host a museum. The spaces of this museum and the attention to detail were really cool. Scarpa even designed the displays for the artwork. Afterwards we went back to Vicenza to meet again with Wilma and see some more Palladian works. We went to Theatro Olympica, which was amazing! I’ve never heard of this building before, which is surprising being involved with theatre in high school. The wooden rows of seating were the original ones of the original 15th century building. There were seven perspective scenes behind the stage opening that were used as scenery. As Wilma told us, the interior of the theatre was dismantled and moved to a private villa during the war and afterwards reconstructed, and that is why everything is still original.
This was another really amazing trip, but I’m so glad to be back in the Villa for the last three weeks of classes.