Are you a grappa lover? Maybe you have never experienced the taste of rocket fuel sliding down and burning your throat. Visiting Bassano is your chance to find out all about grappa, the way it is made, the different tastes and the way it is bottled. I recommend visiting a nice museum and tasting shop run by the poli grappa makers. This business was started long ago by their ancestors, and continues today to make some of the best grappa in the area.
You can visit the museum, view the video, ask questions and then get a free tasting so that you will be able to choose the grappa that you like best.
The museum/tasting room, Poli, is located across the street from the famous bridge, on Via Gamba. Maybe they call this street Gamba because you need a strong leg after tasting so many grappas. Enjoy,.
This lovely old wooden covered bridge of Bassano is such a highlight to the already picturesque old town that sprawls up the river banks.
There are plaques on the bridge giving various bits of information but there are lovely views from the bridge along the river banks with the interesting buildings that are there and up the river to the mountains which were snow topped when I was there in January. If Id realised that there was a hostel in town I would have stayed the night iinstead of rushing on to stay at prebooked acommodation in Trento.
Driving into town theres not a lot of parking to be found close by - from the modern bridge I could see the old wooden bridge and the old town on the river banks further along the river so parked where I found parking across the road from the Tetley Pub and near the interesting looking big old church and headed off.
Both sides of the river have steps down from the bridge and a walking path following the river. Excellent sights as you get closer to the bridge and the old town on both sides.
On my side of the river where the footpath joined the road that followed up and around to the shops and houses around the wooden bridge entrance, there was a little cafe bar for a good coffee shot and loo and off again to see the sights.
Excellent views from all sides and aspects as you make your way along the river and over the bridge.
This is an absolute must when you are in Bassano. It is the hallmark of the town and worth every step to get there. The views from the bridge are wonderful but if you want the typical postcard shot you will need to head south to the new bridge that crosses the Brenta on Viale Diaz from Piazzale Cadorna.
a visit to Casera Palma to see a demonsration with birds of prey hawks eagles and owls on a small farm on the way to monte grappa. spend some time drinking home made wine and eating fresh bastard cheese in a stone cottage. beautiful views overlooking bassano and on a clear day you can see all the way to vennice
The wooden bridge of Bassano is a symbol of the town, and in the past it used to be an important line of communication between Bassano and Borgo Angarano. It was distroied many times, sometimes by natural forces and rebuilt, again and again, last time in 1947 by the Alps Forces , from where its name is derivated.
The bridge was destroyed during last world war, it was reconstructed by ANA (National Association of Alpine Infantry), and from that day is known as Ponte degli Alpini (Bridge of the Alpine Soldiers).
It is the town's symbol nowadays.
Both entrances to the bridge are embellished by the 1531 marble arcades, while at the farther end one finds the Museo del Ponte degli Alpini (the Museum of the Bridge), where relics and photographic documentationnarrate the history of the bridge.
In 1569 the bridge was reconstructed by Andrea Palladio (greatist architect of Renaissance) and has since always been rebuilt according to the project of this famous architect. In case you didn't know it, Palladio is considered as the most inovative architect of all times.
The bridge has always been rebuilt in wood again except for once in 1524, when it was rebuilt in stone, but with rather poor results as it lasted only for two years.
Not much of a kind left in Italy today and this one is undoubtely the most beautiful, becoming the emblem of the town.
Well-known for the war song dedicated to it, Ponte Vecchio is built entirely in wood. The original construction dates back to as far as 1209, but several more followed as the bridge was devastated over and over by floods and wars.
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), also called Ponte degli Alpini, is the most important monument of Bassano del Grappa, dear to popular tradition.
If coming from Vicenza (and nearby Marostica) you have to drive through viale Diaz, enter in via Macello which will bring you to via Angarano, just a few meters away from the bridge.
This shop is still in ancient style, and it's not the only one you can find in Bassano. If you are in Piazzotto Montevecchio, don't miss to eat the bread in "Beltrame shop"... it's very very good, probably the best you can find in Bassano (and in all this town you can find a superb bread).
Many times very drunk here :)
This place is a must for Bassano's people! You can drink the famous "meso e meso" which is a typical drink. Or just have a spritz :) Here you can buy also bottles of Grappa. Nardini is the most important producer of Grappa of Bassano.
In this time, inside it there is a great collection (probably the most important all ever about this artist) about Antonio Canova, the artist of Possagno who has buried in Frari's Church in Venice.
There are also beautiful paintings about Venetian Reinaissance artists here, like the local "Jacopo da' Ponte" and Tiepolo.