Tempio Ossario is situated on the outskirts of the historic centre, on so-called Piazzale Cadorna. It is projected at the beginning of the nineteenth century as the new cathedral, but after the Great War became a war memorial devoted to Ossuary for the fallen on the Grappa battlefields. Now it shelters the remains of over 5400 fallen.
Asolo is a charming hilltop town, with a castle, a cathedral with a altar piece by Lorenzo Lotto and the 15th century Palazzo della Ragione. It was called the "city of one thousand horizons" by Giosue Carducci, because of all the fantastic views. It was much favoured by the Venetian nobility. Caterina Corona, the former Queen of Cyprus, lived here in the late 15th century. Robert Browning, the English poet, bought a house ere in the mid 17th century. Eleanora Duse, credited with being the greatest actress of the Italian stage was also a resident. The travel writer Freya Stark was brought up in Asolo and spent a lot of time here between her various expeditions. There is an antiques market every second weekend of the month, except during July and August.
The Cathedral of Holy Mary (Santa Maria in Colle, literally "Holy Mary at the Hill") was a 10th century parish church in the original high part of the town. The present cathedral dates from the 17th century. The high altar piece and the painting of St Stephen are the work of Leandro di Ponte, and the sculptures are by Mainali. Di Giacomo Dacci made the organ and the three ceiling paintings are by Volpata.
Viale dei Martiri - A tree
This is one of the trees in Viale dei Martiri, with the name of the hanged partisan in 1944.
Bassano has two golden medals for the Resistance.
Behind it, the beatiful panorama with the Monte Grappa, the Altopiano dei 7 comuni (Asiago and neighboords cities) and the Valley of the Brenta river.
Bassano del Grappa
"Not so quiet village in peaceful setting"
Located a bit less than one hour from Padova, Bassano offers a quiet respite from the crowded tourist places of the Veneto. Once I walked onto the old wooden bridge, created by Palladio in 1569, I felt less of the stress of the drive, things slowed down to a snails pace. The river view and the nicely painted buildings, the geese, the trout swimming below, and the shaded covering to the bridge all contributed to the atmosphere.
There are many cafes, restaurants, and outdoor eating places near the river. On both sides of the bridge are grappa tasting businesses, both large and small. You want to plan a few hours to relax, and try the local cooking, too.
See my choice for a trattoria, it is a highly recommended one that features local cooking, not tourist fare. If you are parking, look for a 3 hour lot that has 2 free hours at lunchtime. You can add this time together so that you can eat and play tourist.
I will also include a things to do page, so that you can view some fotos that will give you an idea of what there is to see in Bassano. If you like ceramics, check out the shopping page.
"Entering bridge walkway"
With shops and museums on both sides you walk onto the wooden bridge which is covered. There is art work on the walls and if you look on the down river side of the bridge you will see holes where machine guns during WWII left their marks on the wall of the building.
On the left is a grappa tasting shop, but if you turn around and face the other direction you will see a VERY MAJOR grappa shop, go inside and view the many stills they have preserved, bottles, and if you are lucky get to taste some grappa.