San Giorgio, 49, Bassano Del Grappa, 36061, Italy
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Detail of the fountain in the main square
Front of trattoria
a pretty sunset over the riverbank&modern bridge
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Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
The church of San Giovanni Battista with its outstanding facade dominates Piazza Liberta. Originally the church was built in the fourteenth century, restored and enlarged around mid-18th century, when the neo-Classical facade was added.
Attached to the church the chapel of SS.Sacramento is in Rococo style (1697) by G.B. Piazzetta.
Marostica is a 14th century medieval town where the original town wall stands intact.
It is best known as the "town of chess". Every second year a match, with people dressed in elaborate costumes to portray the pieces, is played on the giant chessboard below the castle. This takes place on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday every second year, when the year ends in an even number. This commemorates the chess match played in 1454 when the victor was to win the hand in marriage of Lianora, the daughter of the Lord of the Castle of Marostica. Two suitors, Rinaldo d'Angarano and Vieti da Vallonara, had fallen in love with Lianora and were to fight a duel to see how would marry Lianora. The Lord forbade the duel and order decreed that the victor of the chess match would marry Lianora. However all was not lost for the defeated suitor, as he would marry Lianora's younger sister, Oldrata.
The period costumes are permanenly displayed in the Lower Castle.
Marostica holds a Cherry Festival every year during May and June. There are kiosks in the streets selling a variety of cherries including morello, roame,marostagne and sander.
There is an annual exhibition of comic cartoons in the town. Every July and August local craftsmen display their work the exhibition hall of the Lower Caste.
Elegant "villa patrizia" (Nobles) of the XVIII century next to the river Brenta with caves and gardens. Decorated inside with also pictures of Antonio Bellucci (Gigantomachia,Venere ed Enea and others...) and Gaetano Zompini. It is named by the last sir G.B.Sturm, now the property is of the town for the museum from 1963. There are important ahows of ancient art and modern.
The 'Tempio Ossario' started being built at the beginning of the 20th Century, and had the original purpose of serving as Bassano's 'Duomo', or Cathedral.
Bassano was however at the forefront of WWI action, and the tempio now houses the remains of over 5,400 WWI casualties.
'Ossario', in Italian, in fact means 'House of Bones'.
Not just the wooden bridge
Bassano is a city close to the prealpi Venete in Vicenza province. It is about 70km north west of Padova and 40 Km north east of Venice.
It is famous for its wooden bridge, that owe its actual shape to Andrea Palladio, but it have been rebuild several times, first for a huge flood in the 1700 than by the German bombs when the soldiers were leaving after the end od the war. This last time it have been rebuild by the italian army corps "Alpini" that is why it is now famous as Ponte degli Alpini.
But Bassano is not just the bridge, the city is lively and nice and offer very good traditional food.
Some specialties are white asparagus (spring time), grappa (a very strong alchoolic drink), cherries and different kind of cheese that come from the mountains nearby.
"View from the bridge"
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