|Comune di Montecchio Maggiore|
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|Province / Metropolitan city||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)|
|• Density||780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Dialing code||+39 0444|
|Patron saint||San Vitale|
|Saint day||February 8|
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 passes through it.
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.
- 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 (Called Castle of Juliet)
- Castello della Villa (Called Castle of Romeo)
Twin towns – Sister cities
Montecchio Maggiore is twinned with:
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- Giambattista Tiepolo, 1696-1770, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes material on Montecchio Maggiore
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