A place that is almost a hidden secret, it is a destination for an unusual and definitely surprising trip, a small area of Veneto that contains a great many beauties. Here there are constant reminders of World War One, with monuments and museums, but the history of Bassano del Grappa, Asiago and Feltre goes back a lot further, and its vestiges are amazing.
An example is the marvellous Old Bridge of Bassano , designed as we know it now by Palladio in 1569, but which has been documented since the thirteenth century. Then there is the Roman archaeological site of Feltre. And the traces of the Cimbrian language (going back to the 2nd century A.D.), that still lives among the population of Asiago and the 7 municipalities of its “highlands”. Excellent examples of how, in this neck of the woods, nature has carefully looked after what man has produced over the centuries. It is also a combination of man and nature that has produced the unmistakable flavour of Asiago Dop cheese, and Grappa, the only genuine distillate of Italian origin. Nature well worth tasting!
Admire the Brenta Bridge, known as Old Bridge (or Alpine Bridge) of Bassano del Grappa, re-designed by Palladio, one of the most characteristic bridges in Italy
Visit all 7 towns of the Asiago “highlands”, where “Cimbrian”, an old Germanic language, was once spoken
Stroll in Piazza Maggiore in Feltre and fully savour the history of the city
Visit the Sanctuary and Basilica dedicated to Saints Victor and Corona at Anzù
Play golf in Asiago at the 18-hole Golf Club of Asiago, one of the best courses in Europe
Go bungee jumping from Valgadena bridge, between Foza and Enego
Nature and charming landscapes around Lake Corlo and Ponte della Vittoria at Rocca d’Arsiè
The 4 Caves of Oliero with their underground waterways and the Alberto Parolini Speleology and Karst Museum
Witness, at least once in your life, the unusual chess game played with living persons in the heart of Marostica
Visit the Hemingway and Great War Museum at Ca’ Erizzo, in an elegant 15th century building, not far from the places of Italian resistance to the Austro-Hungarians