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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Veneto  /  Province of Vicenza  /  Schio

Schio

3.5
Landmarks · Churches · Specialty Museums
Schio is a town and comune in the province of Vicenza situated North of Vicenza and East of the Lake of Garda. It is surrounded by the Little Dolomites and Mount Pasubio."Which is Sheridan more like, Mantova or Verona or Vicenza?” “It isn't like any of those. It is right up against the mountains, almost like Schio.” Ernest HemingwayHistoryIts name comes from Latin: escletum was a wood of oaks and it was first used in a document of some Benedictines from Vicenza. The first settlements were around two old hills, where now there are respectively the ruins of an old castle and a majestic neoclassical cathedral.By the 12th century Schio had become an important centre of prosperous wool manufacturing. The city was ruled by the Venetian Maltraversi family until 1311.Schio is now an industrial town thanks to Alessandro Rossi, who founded the biggest Italian wool firm (Lanerossi) in the 19th century. Rossi also arranged the building of houses, nurseries, schools, theatres and gardens for his workers. The most important textile factories in Schio were Lanerossi, Conte and Cazzola. Schio was called "Manchester of Italy", because it was the focal point of the northern wool trade like the British city.Main sightsThe Weaver’s Monument, erected in 1879 by Alessandro Rossi who dedicated it to his workers. The inhabitants of Schio call it L’Omo (a dialect word for "man"). It is statue representing a man who holds proudly in one hand the shuttle of his loom, the emblem of his craft and indeed of the whole textile industry.A tower of the Castle, demolished in 1514.San Francesco (St. Francis’) church, dating from the early 15th century. The church is now part of a complex of buildings, superimposed in time, which were used formerly by the Monastery dei Frati Minori (1437-1806) and then by Schio’s civil hospital (the Baratto Institute 1807-1959) and now a home for the elderly.The little church of St. Mary in the Valley, originally a column erected in 1511 after a plague. It became a church in 1580.Toaldi-Capra Palace. This building dates from the 15th century or earlier; some frescoes have been recovered in the interior. It first belonged to the Toaldi family; it then passed to Enrico Capra, a noble from Vicenza, before becoming the Town Hall until 1913. It was recovered and carefully restored in 1981, and now houses the civic Musical Institute as a centre for cultural activities.
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Hidden gems in Schio

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Specialty Museum
Fermodellisti Alto Vicentino - Museo dei Trenini
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Mountain
Tretto di Schio
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Teatro Civico
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Chiesa della Sacra Famiglia
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Schio

Hiking Trail
Road of 52 Tunnels Valli del Pasubio
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Art Gallery
Fondazione Bisazza Montecchio Maggiore
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cemetery
Sacrario di Cima Grappa Borso del Grappa
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Playground
Oasi Rossi Santorso
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

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Architectural Building
Villa Rossi
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Farm
Azienda Agricola Juvenilia
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
San Francesco
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Castello di Schio
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Schio

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Specialty Museum
Fabbrica Alta
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Specialty Museum
Museo Entomologico nel Regno delle Farfalle - Onlus
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Centrale idroelettrica Molino
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Specialty Museum
Arboreto didattico e bosco da seme
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Schio

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Church
San Martino Church
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cemetery
Cimitero Cattolico Urbano
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Schio

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Garden
Giardino Jacquard
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Parco della Valletta
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park
Parco dei Marinai d'Italia
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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