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    BAssano del Grappo streets

    by BruceDunning Updated May 20, 2008

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    End to end the walk form information center to the bridge is no more than 10 minutes, but take a slow pace and enjoy the structures on each side of the streets. Many palazzi are noted along the way. Piazza GArabaldi combined with Liberta is a larger square where you can just relax.
    Castello Ezzinin is worth the walk to get there. Once there, do not get too disappointed. Only can walk into the first level and then only briefly,; or at least for us. The cost is 2 Euro.

    Layout of the town Piazza GArabaldi area Port entry toward the castello Ezzelini Entry to Ponte VEcchio -Via GAmba Leisurely pace here
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    Bassano Ponte Vecchio-Wood

    by BruceDunning Updated May 20, 2008

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    The bridge is actually a site to see. It was built in 1209m and burned three times and rebuilt. In 1524, it was built in concrete and did not last more than 3 years-who knows why? The bridge was destroyed in WWI and again rebuilt. The issue for the bridge is many other people also are standing on the bridge for the same reason. It is crowded, I am sure especially in summer tourists season.
    Museo Ponte degli Alpina Howis in a bar/restaurante downstairs. It does have some artifacts and alpine flavor, but was a surprise as to its location. It is very small, and good it is free to enter through the restaurant. Grapperia Nardini is on the right bank, and also not much to see.
    However, a lot of Italiano locals do come to BAssano on weekends to enjoy the splendor of it all. The streets get very crowded if you do not get there early.

    TAking in the structure viewing panoramic view from afar Overlook of the town on both sides In distance Ponte Nuovo People entering the bridge
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    Soave-Pallazzi

    by BruceDunning Updated May 20, 2008

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    The facades are great to look at, but they are considered nort palaces anymore. None of the three main palazzi have any daily activity of home life. Palazzo CAvalli is closed and boarded up on the second floor windows, and generally run down looking. Palazzo Guistiza is a converted restaurante at the main level and the top floors are private. The Palazzo CApitano is a totally renovated building now housing the administrative offices and municipal activities of the city. I was disappointed not being able to view restored palaces inside and out.

    Bio of palace Capitano Information of Guistiza palace Palazzo CAvalli palace Front view of CAvelli View of CAvelli
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    Palazzo Cavelli

    by BruceDunning Updated May 19, 2008

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    Built in 1411, it is a typical style of Venizia architecture. It has a bit of Bizzantine style with windows of tribolate and the lo0ggia arches in the front. The building is in need of restoration, and looks as if the whole inside may have been a storage area for quite some time. Top windows are boarded up and the door appears not to have been opened much lately.

    Front view of Side view of home Explanation of the structure
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    Soave-the town activity

    by BruceDunning Updated May 19, 2008

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    The walk from one end of the town to the other is only 6 long blocks. It is quiet and peaceful at this time of the year. Look into the many little inlets for adventure. The main street is Via Roma, and the other parallel street is Corso Vittoro Emannule.

    ARchway from the back path to castle People keep up the work Lush garden along Via Roma Elongated CApitano palace Corner anchor Guistizia
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    Soave Castle Ruin

    by BruceDunning Updated May 19, 2008

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    The castle was last built by the Scaligeri family in 13759 They constructed a mast and three circular walls, with reinforced 24 towers, leading back into today's town. The first fortress was from the 10th century, and cited as a defense from the Magyar invasions. many times the control changed hands and Venice took control through a battle in 1405, but it was captured back in 1439, and then regained again. What a struggle for such a small town. The town was burned in 1508 and 1515, and later sold to the Gritti family in 1696. There is 5882 Square meters
    As you walk up one of the stone paths leading to the top, You can see the definite restoration under way at this time. The major restoring was in 1890 by Senator Camozzi. They have done a lot of work, but more to do, and it continues along the walls. Entry price is 5 Euro to view the castle. The ticket office is in a 3 room medieval home. The walls are 2400 meters long, and 36 feet high. Look up an be impressed.

    Looking up to the peak Under renovation-but crenallated walls The walk up to top Getting closer to the top The path downward
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    Soave

    by BruceDunning Updated May 19, 2008

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    The visit to this town was quint and well preserved and completely walled. It is barely 24 blocks square, but has a medieval wall surrounded by a moat. On the peak of the hill is the 10th century castle with crenellated tops and 24 towers. This was a focal point for territory turf, and many battles took place around here. It was built by Count SAn Bonifacio, and the expansion was when the Scaligeri family dynasty took ownership. They built the castle on Monte Tenda in 1375, with three circular walls.
    The town name comes from Swabian-Nordic name of Svevi/Suavi that invaded this area in the 7th century. The Ventians took governance in 1405. The castle was restored to its present form in 1890 by Italian Senator CAmuzzoni. The fame of today comes from the green grape that makes wine. There are 3 palaces to view along with the castle. The walls are 2400 meters long.
    Information center is just outside the wall entrance on the left.

    Multiple things to do in the area Layout of the sites to visit Brochure of the town Aerial view of the castel Entry into the inner walls and city
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    Giardino di Piazza Matteotti

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    The beautiful garden at the entrance to the Olympic Theater is an oasis of peace, with flowers, statues and trees surrounded by old style buildings.

    A wonderful place to spend some time and meditate to all the beauties around you.

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    Palazzo Porto-Barbaran

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Commissioned to Palladio in 1569 by the count Montano Barbaran, the grandiose Palazzo Barbaran-Porto is brilliantly decorated with frescoes and reliefs.

    Following the restructuring works held in 1999, the palace was arranged for housing a museum dedicated to the great man and architech Andrea Palladio with a section that will use the virtual reality in order to present his work.

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    Palazzo Thiene

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Housing the head offices of Banca Popolare di Vicenza since 1872, Palazzo Thiene is a palladian renesance masterpiece included in UNESCO's patrimony.

    The building had two main facades, one on Contra' Porti made by Lorenzo da Bologna and one on Via S. Gaetano made by A. Palladio.

    According to the initial plans, the palace was intended to be one of the most important in the world and it seems that the eigth part of it was built at the end.

    The inside is decorated with beautiful frescoes by Alessandro Vittoria, Bartolomeo Rodolfi, Bernardo India and Anselmo Canera and Venetian painting from 1400 to 1700.

    Address: Contra' San Gaetano - 36100 - Vicenza (VI)

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    Palazzo Porto-Festa

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Another work of Palladio, the white Palazzo Porto-Festa was left unfinished.

    A part of the building and a double loggia around the courtyard have never been made.

    Inside frescos of Gianbattista Tiepolo can be admired.

    Palazzo Porto-Festa
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    Palazzo Porto-Breganze

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    An example of late Gothic style, Palazzo Porto-Breganze, has a typical Venetian facade adorned with arches and quadrifora and a marble portal from 1481 and made by Lorenzo da Bologna.

    Address: Contra' Porti, 17 - 36100 - Vicenza (VI)

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    Palazzo Colleoni-Porto

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Dating from the end 1300, Palazzo Porto-Colleoni is one of the most beautiful gothic palaces in Vicenza.

    With a superb facade and decorated windows, the palace's loggia opens in the garden with elegant columns and arches.

    Address: Contra' Porti, 19 - 36100 - Vicenza (VI)

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    Contra Porti

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Contra Porti is one of the prettiest streets of Vicenza's historical center where many of the Gothic and Palladian residences can be admired.

    The 15th century Porto Breganze palace, the residence of the Porto Colleoni, a interesting example of Gothic-Venetian city architecture, the Thiene family residence now the offices of Banca Popolare Vicentina, Palladio's houses of Iseppo da Porto and Montano Barbarano cannot be missed.

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    Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Started in 1407 and enlarged in 1490, the small Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi has a facade by F. Muttoni from 1710.

    The statues are made by Marinali and Calvi.

    Address: Contra Gazzolle - Piazza Biade

    Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi
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