Montecchio Maggiore

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Montecchio Maggiore
Comune di Montecchio Maggiore
Castelli di Giulietta e Romeo.jpg
Coat of arms of Montecchio Maggiore
Coat of arms
Montecchio Maggiore is located in Italy
Montecchio Maggiore
Montecchio Maggiore
Location of Montecchio Maggiore in Italy
Coordinates: 45°30′N 11°25′E / 45.500°N 11.417°E / 45.500; 11.417Coordinates: 45°30′N 11°25′E / 45.500°N 11.417°E / 45.500; 11.417
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Vicenza (VI)
Frazioni Alte Ceccato, Bernuffi, Ghisa, Santissima Trinità, Sant'Urbano, Valdimolino
 • Mayor Milena Cecchetto
 • Total 30.67 km2 (11.84 sq mi)
Elevation 72 m (236 ft)
Population (30 November 2017)
 • Total 23,315
 • Density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montecchiani
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 36075
Dialing code +39 0444
Patron saint San Vitale
Saint day February 8
Website Official website

Montecchio Maggiore is a town and comune in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. It is situated approximately 12 kilometres (7 miles) west of Vicenza and 43 km (27 miles) east of Verona; SP 246 provincial road passes through it.

Montecchio Maggiore borders the following municipalities: Altavilla Vicentina, Arzignano, Brendola, Castelgomberto, Montebello Vicentino, Montorso Vicentino, Sovizzo, Trissino, Zermeghedo.


The land of Montecchio Maggiore has been inhabited since the late Stone Age, though it was invaded and occupied many times. Two castles built about 975 are claimed to be the inspiration for the Romeo and Juliet legend. Luigi da Porto of Vicenza set the story here in his novel of 1552.

Main sights[edit]

  • Villa Cordellina Lombardi, is a masterpiece of neo-Palladian architect Giorgio Massari, with 18th-century frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
  • Museum Zannato, founded in 1922 by Giuseppe Zannato, its first curator. It has sections devoted to archaeologcal and paleontological finds. Some of these contain materials found in the late-Roman necropolis of Carpanè. There is also an important gemological section.
  • Castle Bellaguardia (callled "Castle of Juliet")
  • Castello della Villa (called "Castle of Romeo")

International relations[edit]

Montecchio Maggiore is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Alton Town Twinning Association". Hampshire County Council. May 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 


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