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I came across the portici of Monte Berico by chance. I’ve never seen them mentioned in any guidebook and there were no other tourists (or anyone else, for that matter) about. But this 700m covered arcade is a spectacular walk to the top of Monte Berico, just outside Vicenza.
Portici of Monte Berico, Vicenza

The portici of Monte Berico stretch up the hillside

Designed by Francesco Muttoni in the 18th century, the arcade was built to take worshippers to the Sanctuary of Monte Berico at the very top of the hill. It has 150 arches, with a small chapel after every 10th arch.

Those who make it to the top can explore the magnificent Sanctuary. It is also a short walk to the Villa Valmarina ai Nani (Villa of the Dwarfs, adorned with stone statues of dwarfs) and to Palladio’s famous villa, La Rotonda.

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