Some Advices For a Visit in Bassano Del Grappa


Laid down on the banks of the River Brenta, called because of the Grappa mountain, the mountain that has linked its name to the Great War, Bassano can boast a particularly happy geographic position. Bassano del Grappa is one of the historical towns of the Vicenza province. Just a few kilometers from Vicenza and Padova, this town has managed to combine some medieval evidences and a Venetian epoch architecture, all this inside the beautiful walls that signal the development of this town of roman origin.

The most famous art work is certainly the very famous Bridge of the Alpini, made by the great architect Andrea Palladio. The bridge was designed by Palladio in wood because its flexibility was able to counteract the impetuousness of the River Brenta. It suffered different and heavy damages both because of the River and because of the bombing, but it was always restored according to the Palladio guidelines. The last reconstruction was made during the second postwar period by the Alpines.

In the main square of Monte Vecchio there are also the imposing palace of the Monte di Pietà and the house Dal Corno Bornato, which façade was painted by Jacopo Da Ponte, called the Bassano (the works are now kept at the City Museum); a few steps away, in Piazza della Libertà, there is the neoclassical church of San Giovanni, built in 1300 by architect Giovanni Miazzi. Wonderful is also the Loggia del Comune from the 15 century. The entire village is dotted with buildings of great taste, enriched with precious ornaments: a walk through the quiet squares, in fact, can be very fascinating.

Historically, Bassano has passed through tough experiences. It passed from the dominance of Vicenza to the one of Padua and then Venice, the city around 1400 lived in a period of peace and prosperity that favored the flourishing development of trade, arts and culture. Between the 15 and the 16 century the painters of the Da Ponte dynasty were born, then called “Da Bassano”, of which the famous Jacopo was the founder of the school. After having lived its period of maximum splendor around 18 century, the city was involved in the fall of Venice and came under Austrian domination in 1815, before being annexed by the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

But it was during the First World War that Bassano acquired eternal fame: center of strategic importance in the war, close to that mountain Grappa scene of bloody and decisive battles against the invading Austrians, the town earned the name “City of Alpine, which has forever linked to itself.

City of art and history, urban center of millennia-long tradition, Bassano has a calendar full of events throughout the year. In February, the colorful Carnival, one of the most beautiful in the Veneto region; between March and May the art engraving at the Agostinelli Palace; in the end of April a space dedicated to gourmets with the exhibition of the typical white asparagus; in May the market-exhibition of printing and ancient books. During Easter, the nearby town of San Zeno di Cassola hosts the International Meeting to free flight (gliding) and the one of balloons in October. And when the summer comes, here it is the prestigious Opera Summer Festival, with great performances in the billboard that attract tourists and visitors.