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Seeing a villa of Palladio
When Andrea Palladio in the 15th century desigend the great villas for the families of the high venetian nobility, he probably would have not imagined how many visitors, coming from all over the world, would have seen his wonders nor that thanks to him, about fivehundred years later, the city of Vicenza would have been listed by the Unesco as a World Heritage Site.
A perfect marriage between agricultural world and gentlemanly residence, each of the venetian villas features peculiar characteristics, still they all have a common function: to represent a centre of management from which the aristocratic families could take care not only of their economical, but also of their political and cultural interests, turning into a place of meetings and receptions,
as well as well-being, study and reflection…
We invite you to immerge yourself into the civilization of the venetian villa which Palladio, to these days, can still bring back to life, through architectonic elements and colorful decorations, reaching an absolute harmony between man and nature; you will be fascinated.
Have a good visit!
For more information on Palladio’s Villas you can consult the following Internet sites:
Crossing the bridge of Bassano
Crossing the famous “Old Bridge” (Ponte Vecchio), letting oneself being stroken by the breeze which comes down from the valley Valsugana, fresh and fragrant from the Monte
Grappa, evokes an atmosphere that is solemn and romantic at the same time.
How many steps have been made on the stone paving… Built in the 12th century to cross the river Brenta, to facilitate the connections with Vicenza, it suffered from countless destructions in the course of time due to floods and wars, rising again every time from the water and remaining always the indisputed protagonist of the town. The current design, which dates
back to 1569, is the result of the architectural brilliance of Andrea Palladio, merges vigor and lightness in perfect harmony.
The bridge of Bassano is a magic place to let oneself be carried away by the flood of the heart and, as the well-known folksong whispers, to exchange a “small kiss of love” holding each other hands.
Have a good walk!
For more information on the “Ponte degli Alpini” (Alpini’s Bridge) you can consult the following Internet sites:
Tasting Torcolato and Asiago
It is practically inevitable, not to let oneself be overwhelmed by the intense aroma and the sweet and velvety taste of the Torcolato wine of Breganze: this masterpiece of the venetian enology
is the result of the passion and the work of fifteen wine cellars, which joined the Consortium Tutela Vini D.O.C. Breganze.
We suggest you to serve the wine with another jewel of the venetian dairy production, the Asiago cheese in its different
versions: young, old and mature. It is an interesting combination which offers an intense and unusual fusion of sensory perceptions to the sense of touch, sight, taste and smell.
Once one tastes this dessert wine and this delicious cheese, under the soaring bell tower
of Breganze or in a “malga” (hut) of the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, a small, simple, but not banal pleasure of life, will be enjoyed.
Have a good tasting!
Playing chess in Marostica
Have a walk on the magic chessboard of Marostica and imagine being in the 15th century when two noblemen competed for the hand of the beautiful Lionora, not by the blows of the sword but by challenging each other to a game of chess.
Imagine walking between kings and queens, ambassadors of the old Maritime republics, fascinating ladies of the court, flag-wavers with their colored banners, monks, villains,
squires and indomitable steeds in the heart of the city, witnessing chivalrous feats; in the background the two impressive castles, the lower one, rises on the square as a defense of the big chessboard, while the upper one, richly inset on the overlying hill.
Still today, centuries later, children like playing on the chess-board piazza, challenging each other in two teams, black and white, everyone positionated on the square of the respective color on both sides of the chess-board.
In turn one team attacks to arrive on the other side, while the one who defends has to prevent the advance by touching the adversary. Each player has to jump from one square to the other remaining always on the same color. The team arriving on the other side without being touched, wins.
For adults, visiting Marostica means also being able to feel young again and to allow oneself a pleasant break from the frenetic rhythms of routine, to enjoy life in an enchanting medieval, while lively comtemporary,
Going up with a bicycle on the Grappa
One of the most beautiful and demanding climbs of Italy! From the foot of the mountain up to his peak, at more than 1700m the street winds, curve after curve, along the way which Generel Cadorna designed during the first world war.
The Monte Grappa was chosen several times as finishing line of the “Giro d’Italia”: many champions like Gino Bartali, Gilberto Simoni
and Damiano Cunego crossed it first; but any enthusiasthic cyclists of every age, equipped with a firm heart and trained legs, can climb it.
During the first world war, the Grappa was the theater of heroic battles and it is for this reason considered a sacred place. The big military charnel house, located on the peak, hosts yearly thousand of visitors wishing to immerse themselves in one of the most important war event of the first world war, and
into the immensity of the amazing nature which can be found here.
Once arrived at the alpine hut Bassano, you can taste the typical products of the massif, like cheeses, sausages,
honey and jams, and above all, admire the enchanting landscape of the wide underlying plain, that reaches in a hug the wonderful lagoon of Venice.
Have a good bike trip!