Bassano del Grappa

Bassano del Grappa – Photo © Paolo Bassetti
Bassano del Grappa – Photo © Paolo Bassetti

Crossed by the river Brenta, Bassano del Grappa is one of the most densely-populated and well-developed town in Veneto. As well as fast-growing industrial economy and a lively cultural activity, Bassano possesses a fine gastronomic tradition: it is impossible to leave without having tasted the asparaguses, dried cod and grappa (if possible at the Nardini distillery).

Standing in the central Monte Vecchio square are the impressive Palazzo del Monte di Pieta’ and the Casa Dal Corno Bonato, the facade of which was frescoed by Jacopo da Ponte, known as il Bassano (his works are now conserved in the Museo Civico); a few steps away, in Piazza della Liberta’, is the neoclassical church of San Giovanni built in the 1300s by the architect Giovanni Miazzi.

The 15th century Loggia del Comune is also lovely. All the town is dotted with buildings of fine taste, enriched with precious ornamentation; a walk through the quiet squares is most fascinating.
The pearl of Bassano is, however, its wooden bridge, designed by Palladio in this material as its flexibility would resist the raging Brenta river. It was damaged both by the river and by bombings, but it was always restored following the ideas of Palladio. The last restoration was in the second postwar period and it was due to the Alpine troops.

Lake Como

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Basilica di San Fedele Photo © www.mondimedievali.net
Basilica di San Fedele Photo © www.mondimedievali.net

You don’t need a car to escape from the business, the traffic, the congestion, the fog in wintertime and the afa, the humid heat, in summer, of the city to a wonderful world of lakes, mountains, castles and good food: just take the train and, sometimes, the boat as recommended in this itinerary to Como and Brunate on Lake Como.

This trip is specially recommended in spring or autumn, when often you can leave the fog and cold of Milan to reach sun-shining lakefront views in the mild climate of the Lake Como.

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Basilica San Fedele

The magnificent Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele in Como, built around 1120 on early medieval foundation, stands the charming Piazza San Fedele was medieval commercial center and home of citizens of the grain market. The church contains fragments of frescoes from the fourteenth century and paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

Walls, Gattoni and Tower Gate Tower

The walls of Como, built for the first time at the initiative of Julius Caesar, were part of a complex defensive structure to cover the entrances to Milan and Po Valley from the Central Alps, which included, among others, Castle Baradello the Comacina island fortifications and castles of Bellinzona.

Como Cathedral
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The Cathedral

Begun in 1396, the Cathedral of Como is the last of the Gothic cathedrals built in Lombardy. In the three and a half centuries it took on its definitive realization that appealed even if the dominant styles is the original late Gothic-Renaissance.

The dome was designed by Philip Juvara (1687-1736), architect of the King of Sardinia. The windows, nineteenth century, were created and designed by Joseph Pompeo Bertini. Among the many works of art that adorn the interior, there are sixteenth-century tapestries, paintings Gauedenzio Ferrari, Bernardino Luini, Morazzone (XVI-XVII century), as well as frescoes in the sacristy (the first half of the seventeenth century), and sculptures of Rodari.

Il Broletto
Il Broletto

The Broletto

Attached to the cathedral is the Romanesque-Gothic Broletto dating back to 1215, the center of political and economic life of the city. It was destroyed several times in moments of heightened tension between the factions Como. It was renovated by the nobility of Como and opened as a theater in 1765. He was living hero of many skirmishes between the aristocracy and the people after “free and dances” which were held at that time. Today it houses exhibitions.

Tempio di Volta
Tempio di Volta – Photo © Saretta-9

Volta Temple

The Volta Temple, built in 1927, was designed as a new headquarters to house the originals and reconstructions of scientific instruments invented by Alessandro Volta. The museum is in fact completely dedicated to the inventor of the battery and keeps about 234 exhibits. There are original copies and scientific apparatus of Alessandro Volta, one of the memorabilia: letters, documents, medals and portraits of the great physicist.

The Brunate Funicular

Como Brunate Funicular
Como Brunate Funicular Photo © Chris j wood

The Como–Brunate funicular (Italian: Funicolare Como-Brunate) is a funicular railway that connects the city of Como with the village of Brunate. The line has operated since 1894, and is used by both tourists and local residents. The funicular reach the village of Brunate, which lies some 500 metres (1,600 ft) above Como, with breathtaking views on the lake, on the city and on the rest of the Pianura Padana (Po Valley). A visit to Brunate is highly recommended in a clear day.

From Como seven minutes aboard the very special funicular share the wonders of the lake from the tranquility of Brunate. A short visit can be seen the machinery room of the funicular. For nature lovers there is the possibility of making beautiful walking paths leading to Mount Boletto.

Where to stay in Bassano

There are hotels, apartments, villas and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.

Marostica – Photo © footnote
Marostica – Photo © footnote

Marostica

According to the legend, in 1454, Rinaldo da Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara played an important live game of chess in Marostica on a huge chessboard, specially painted in Piazza Castello, to win the hand of Lionora, the daughter of the lord of the castle, Taddeo Parisio.

Since 1954 this splendid challenge has been re-enacted every two years and has turned into a real town festival, with displays of traditional 15th century costumes. Besides the, now famous, chessboard the whole medieval complex , one of the most important in Veneto, is lovely.

Two fortified walls start from the upper castle, set on the hill adjacent to the town; they embrace the whole old town center and meet lower down in the lower Castle, recently not too perfectly restored.

Outside the circle, beyond the three gates it is possible to visit the intricate outlying districts, including the borgo di Giara, originally the center of Marostica.

Where to stay in Marostica