6. The forum’s cryptoporticus

The salient ruins of the western end of the cryptoporticus, which formed part of the sacred complex of Vicetia’s forum, are visible in the basement of corso Palladio 75. In plan, the cryptoporticus had three wings, with two naves divided by a series of arcades covered by barrel vaults. The ruins of the western nave are still conserved, and are composed of five pillars with three arches and the internal perimeter wall. Three windows guarantee light and ventilation within the underground structure. The complex is part of the substructure of the portico, which surrounded the main sacred area of the city on three sides, located on a terrace, which was scenically raised above the ground plane on the north side of the decumanus maximus (the main east-west road of the city). The via Postumia/corso Palladio separated the sacred and civil parts of the forum, as is the case in other Cisalpine cities such as Verona and Brescia.
The square below, the core of public life, partly visible within Palazzo Trissino’s basement, was cobblestoned in trachyte and extended to the northwestern corner of the Palladian Basilica.
Juxtaposed to the sacred area was the civil basilica, where justice was administered.

Internal view of the arches (Archive of the Veneto Regional Board for Archeological Heritage)

Internal view of the arches (Archive of the Veneto Regional Board for Archeological Heritage)

Hypothetical reconstruction (Graphic representation by Vinicio Renna, Archive of the Veneto Regional Board for Archeological Heritage)

Hypothetical reconstruction (Graphic representation by Vinicio Renna, Archive of the Veneto Regional Board for Archeological Heritage)