Marostica Travel Guide

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Marostica Things to Do

  • Chiesa dei Carmini - Church of Carmini

    This charming Baroque church was built in 1618 and is positioned at the top of an impressive wide staircase.March 2012

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  • Castello Inferiore – Lower Castle

    The Lower Castle dates back to 1320 and guards the main entrance through the town walls, the castle was built for Cansignorio della Scala and is now the site of the Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 am and 3:00pm to 6:00 pmSunday: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pmMarch 2012

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  • Castello Superiore - Upper Castle

    Although the castle dates back to the thirteenth century with its walls that completely encircle the town it was built on the site of a Roman fortification. There are two ways to get to the castle either by taking a steep walk or driving up a precarious road, the end result is a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.email ...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Marostica has a small Tourist Information Office located in the Lower Castle and is the usual good source of maps, brochures and advice on seeing the townemail info@marosticascacchi.itMarch 2012

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  • Chiesa di Sant'Antonio – Church of St....

    The Church of Sant' Antonio Abbot dates back to the late Middle Ages, whilst the earliest documentation found goes back to 1383.March 2012

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  • Piazza Castello - Main Square

    The Piazza Castello is the main square of Marostica and has the main attraction of the huge chess board (Piazza degli Scacchi) set into the square, this is where the annual chess game is played with human chess pieces, the huge white and pinkish chessboard is paved with Asiago stone and the game is played the 2nd weekend of September in the even...

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  • Banca Popolare di Marostica

    The Banca Popolare di Marostica stands on the site of the thirteenth-century Palazzo Doglione which was originally the town’s chancellery and armoury. In 1925 it was taken over by its current owners who intended to restore it to it’s original format but because it had been allowed to deteriorate so badly it was demolished and rebuilt. The new...

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  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial Monumento ai Caduti per la patria - Monument to the fallenThe Marostica memorial is in the form of a winged angel lifting a fallen warrior with sword. The figures stand atop a marble column with stone plinth either side, on all three are lists that bear the names of the fallen.March 2010

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  • Porta Bassano - Eastern Gate

    This is one of four main gates into Marostica all originally having drawbridges.The inscription reads: “MARCO PIZZAMANO PRÆTORI OPT MERITO QUOD URBANAS SUBURBANASQ VIAS QUA TEMPORIS INJURIA QUA ALLUVIONUM VI FCEDATAS PUBLICÆ UTILITATI ET COMMODO MUNIERIT CIVES PQ MAROSTIC P.P ANNO MDCCLXXIII”Unfortunately the only Latin that I am able to decipher...

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  • THE game

    The story of the ChessGame dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetians. It happened that two nobleman, Rinaldo D'Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, daughter of Taddeo Parisio, who was the Lord of the Marostica's castle.As was the custom in that time, they challenged each other to a duel to win...

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  • The City Gates

    Since the beginning of the 15th century, Marostica became part of La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia. It was the headquarters of a vast podesteria, and had the priviledge of having a podesta, directly chosen and nominated by Venice.There are two major entrances into the town; the eastern gate is called Porta Bassano while the opposite on the...

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  • Castello da Basso - Lower Castle

    The construction of Castello da Basso (Lower Castle) started during the time of Mastino II but it was only finished by Cangrande, along as the Upper Castle. The walls, with revelins and towers, are of later construction than that of the two castles and they were begun by Cansignorio.With the Scaligeri era, Marostica took on its present day aspect...

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  • Castello Scaligero

    First fort stood here in Roman times with the evident scope of controlling the plain and the roads which led up to the table-land of Sette Comuni. A few ancient tombstones remain as a lasting reminder of the Roman presence in Marostica. During the following centuries, Marostica kept back important strategic positions under the rule of the...

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  • Going up

    The walk to the top of the old town is steep but short. Unsuitable for potential heart attack victims and wheelchair-bound people, or both as the case may be.They're in a pretty good state of preservation and you get a good feel of the place if you decide to chance your arm (and leg).As you rise the view's splendour correspondingly increases.

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  • Another kind of spectacle

    A note of unique courtesy pervades everything; it inspires the whole re-evocation of this ancient story which, from the darkness of remote times, still lives today as a fantasy.The orders are still given to characters and cast today in the dialect of the "Serenissima Republic of Venezia".The Human Chess Game is played on the square of Marostica...

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  • On the road again

    Soon after you leave Marostica, especially if you're heading into the Dolomites, you pass through Basso del Grappa (yes that's what it's named after and there is a museum at Marostica) you hit the S47 to Trento. This is one of Italy's more scenic drives and the two times I've travelled it I felt there was much to admire. Coming from flood plains,...

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  • Mind the arrows

    You get that good castle feeling atop these walls. Imagine yourself defending against nasty agressors as they fire arrows and you tip buckets of hot oil down on them. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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  • Keeping watch

    This gives you an idea of the panoramic vista that awaits should you (a) get to the top of the hill and (b) get to the top of the castle on top of the hill.You're looking directly into the foothills of the Dolomites so the advantages of the fortifications are readily apparent. It wouldn't have been the easiest site to defend but at least you have...

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Marostica Hotels

Marostica Restaurants

  • Traditional in a modern setting

    Traditional Italian food that uses fresh ingredients served in a minimal but refined atmosphere. We were a large group (20) of business men and were well catered for in the first floor dining room which was spacious, well laid out and the service was excellent.email trattoriacaissa.itMarch 2012 Risotto of the Day - €8.00Grilled Lamb - €15.00Cake...

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  • Made in the Madonnetta

    Family run traditional Italian restaurant that goes back generations to 1904, the restaurant was frequented by soldiers during the First World War including the American writer Ernest Hemingway. The dining area is filled with period pieces including photographs and portraits that adorn the walls.This restaurant is very popular with the locals and...

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  • Naughty but Nice

    The Chiurato Patisserie is a family run pastry shop that also specialises in personalised cakes, I visited this place a number of times and every-time I tried a different mix of cakes, theCafé also does an excellent hot chocolate with whipped cream.Closed: MondaysMarch 2012 2 Delicious Cream cakes and Cappuccino €3.20

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Marostica Transportation

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    by grayfo Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Viale della Rimembranza car park situated approximately 300 metres to the west of Piazza Castello (the Main Square). This is a public fee paying car park, conveniently placed for a stroll around the town.

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Marostica Shopping

  • Coffee or Chocolate?

    This specialised coffee and chocolate shop has been selling blends of coffee roasted daily and fine chocolates since 1962, a superb combination and great choice on offer.email casadelcaffesnc@tiscali.it 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 7:30 pmMarch 2012 Coffee, liqueurs, chocolates, teas and other products 4.00 Euros for a selection of luxury...

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  • Browsing for a Bargain

    Marostica is also a market town and as such holds a weekly market every Tuesday where a large number of fresh products may be bought.December 2007 Fruit & Veg; Meat & Poultry; Groceries; plus lots more...

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Marostica Local Customs

  • September (Every Two Years) – Partita ai...

    Over 500 local people celebrate a legendary dual between two men over the local Lord’s daughter, to maintain peace the Lord suggested it should be in the form of a Chess match with the loser taking the hand of his other daughter. This match is now re-enacted in the form of a life-size chess board in the town square with the participants dressed...

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  • Marostica Cherry

    The Marostica cherry is a round fruit, red, with firm flesh and is the only Italian cherry to be awarded the European Seal of Recognition; this identifies the unique characteristics of a product whose production occurs only in a particular geographic area. The cherries can be recognised by the logo that depicts a red cherry with a green stem on top...

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Marostica Off The Beaten Path

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    by unigirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Marostica is another jewel hidden in the mountains of Treviso. It is known as 'the town of the Living Chess Game'--that is, the town has a big festival and holds a giant chess game using people as pieces. Fantastical Medieval cotumes are used, and the town square is used as the chess board (it is permanently painted that way). Although small, an impressive castle and fortress line the mountainside above it. At the top of the mountain, a most exqusite resaurant awaits (the name of which escapes me for now--but I will try to find out).
    To learn more about the chess game, go to: http://www.notti.it/special/scacchi/Welcomeb.html
    Info site (in Italian): http://www.adriani.it/marostica.htm

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    Marostica - Postcard

    by grayfo Written May 17, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Marostica was built in Roman times, but its development dates back to early medieval period, between the 11th and 13th centuries, the locality was greatly influenced by several members of the important medieval family from the Veneto, known as the Ezzelini. They were finally defeated in 1260. Marostica was a Venetian city until the Italian invasion, which caused a massive evacuation of the local population of the area, who was forced to look for fortune in Brazil and many other parts of the world.

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