Vicenza / Surroundings


Bassano del Grappa

Bassano plants its feet firmly straddling all the various passes of its history and thus creates a harmonious whole... The oldest traces of settlement here are datable to 3000 B.C.; then, after the Paleovenetians, the Romans settled here. In fact the town is named after the Roman family Bassia who possessed vast tracts of land.

Today the two periods which give the area is characteristic aspect are the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Bassano has always been a highly active mercantile centre. From the manufacture of textiles to the making of paper and ceramics, the town continues undaunted in its traditions, preserving the same care and attention at to its magnificent monuments.

Almost nothing has changed these days, as Bassano takes great pride in the worth of its heritage.

A stroll under the porticoes and through the lanes and squares leads us past Renaissance palaces and medieval churches. At the hub of everything lie the two squares, Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza della Libertà, with san Giovanni Battista and the loggia of the Comune which houses frescoes of the most important local artist: Jacopo da Ponte, known as Jacopo Bassano. Continuing past the 14th centruy church of San Francesco, we encounter the Palazzo Pretorio, the Remondini house (famous family of editors), and the Civic Museum which contains one of the best collections in the Veneto region, including examples of ancient Greek ceramics, and works by the da Ponte and Tiepolo families, Hayez and many more.

The main symbol of the town is however the Ponte Vecchio (also known as the Ponte degli Alpini), rebuilt many times but always remaining faithful to Palladio’s 16th century original.

Also meriting a visit are the 12th century fortress, the Duomo, and the many illustrious palaces, among which Ca’ Rezzonico, which demonstrates its Venetian provenance. Its elaborate decorations include touches by Canova. Its monumental architecture notwithstanding, let us not forget that Bassano is synonymous with the famous grappa, and to white asparagus, gastronomic delicacy of international renown.