I had my nose in the air, eyes pointed upward, most of the time in Asolo because everywhere I looked, there were beautiful arches, balconies, windows, chimneys, rooftops, and hilltop vistas.
It's quite a remarkable place if one is interested in architecture. There are the GOTHIC influences as seen in the arcades; MULLIONED AND TREFOILED WINDOWS; Venetian influences from the 1300's when Venice ruled Asolo; some ROMANESQUE as evidenced in the Cathedral; also the influence of Andrea Palladio, famous architect.
The picture is just typical of Asolo...so many balconies and almost all of them are laden with flowers.
On a walk along the Contrada, at the end of it, we saw a strange house that is somewhat in disrepair. There were some workers inside doing work. This house is called Casa Longobarda (Longobard House).
Paladini defined it as an "architectural oddity". Regardless, it remains one of the best known elements of the iconography of Asolo and is praised, with affection, by the locals.
Ironically, it has nothing to do with the Longobard civilization, being some thousand years younger.
This Casa is the result of Francesco Graziolo who built it with his son Bartolomeo (which can be read on the inscription on the facade.)
He was a Lombard sculptor and architect
It catches the eye because its architecture is so unique, and the house is so tiny compared to the other buildings in the town.
It was so good to see that they were repairing it.
On one of our many walks while in Asolo, we stumbled upon many beautiful gardens. Most of them are private; however, the fences are of wrought iron and have wide openings for viewing and picture taking.
We were in Asolo in October, and there were still plenty of beautiful flowers and shrubs to admire.
We also noticed a good deal of construction going on near this location. As well as we could tell, new apartment/condo structures were being built. Fortunately, they are within keeping of the existing architecture.
This particular road was on a Foresto (it should be noted that all the roads which lead out of Asolo are called Foresti).