This staircase begins with the triumphal arch, which was built in honour of Our Lady in 1595, by James Bragadin. The remaining construction work began in 1746, by Francesco Muttoni, featuring complex architecture. Hundreds of pilgrims still flock to this staircase, which is 700m long, and divided into 150 arches, which are themselves divided into groups of ten, symbolizing the 15 mysteries of the Rosary and the Hail Mary. The staircase ends in a clearing in the middle of the hill, from which you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the city below.
The Ponte Pusterla has become famous among the people of Vicenza thanks to its event held every summer, the "Vie d'Acqua", an annual festival which features a tight schedule of concerts, workshops, tours and exhibitions. The Dock, in these times, becomes a small outdoor square where you go down to the river. Here projections of films, concerts, happy hours, and artistic and sporting events are organized. You can not miss the launch of the paper lanterns in the river. During the rest of the year, the Dock is one of the best panoramic points where you can go to enjoy the view.
This is one of the most peaceful, picturesque spots in Vicenza. The area, one of the oldest in the city, has been the subject of a recent restoration, and is now almost entirely pedestrianised. Inside the small district, overlooking the River Retrone, you can find arts and crafts shops, cultural and artistic associations, the bridge of boats, the Astra Theatre, the University, and a number of buildings in the Gothic style.
While making a tour of the museums of Vicenza, the Palladian villas and shops, I found myself aching for something sweet ... this is a little hidden spot, Tutto Gelato, selling homemade ice cream - classic cones and tubs, as well as more offerings! You can also take away a tray of miniature ice cream with crunchy biscuits ... a rainbow of different flavours!