Bassano del Grappa is one of the jewels of the Vicenza area, a city that knows how to join the respect for traditions and modern entrepreneurship. Recognizable by its celebrated Ponte degli Alpini, Bassano blends medieval history with Venetian architecture, inside magnificent walls that mark the boundaries of urban development of the city of Roman origin.
The bridge, designed by the great architect Andrea Palladio symbolizes a period of history. Also the ceramics and all products of origin such as grappa have brought Bassano to the height of international attention. Bassano is full of intensive cultural activity, events, shows in all period of the year.
Marostica, situated in the Pedemontana area, half an hour from Vicenza, is enclosed by the antique walls of its two castles, upper and lower, displaying its discreet elegance. A town best-known for the celebrated chess game.
From Piazza Castello, decorated as a chess board, the public in the gallery watching the challenge, one has the impression of being in an ancient magic world. In September, every two years, here relives the ancient romantic contest between two knights: the two youths challenge each other in a chess game to win the hand of the beautiful Lianora.
The Villas, are an extraordinary testimony of the culture of the territory through the passing centuries from the Venetian Gothic to the neo-classic style of the 18th century. Amongst the most famous, the residences of the vicentini nobles who asked Andrea Palladio to design their villas in the countryside: Villa Capra Valmarana known as “La Rotonda”, Villa Godi Malinverni, Villa Pisani Ferri, Villa Valmarana Bressan, Villa Da Porto Pedrotti, Villa Gazzotti Curti. Giambattista Tiepolo enriched the interior with the series of affreschi that today can be admired in Villa Loschi Metterle, Villa Cordellina and Villa Valmarana ai Nani.
There are three areas of production, some with local vineyards: Colli Berici (Tocai, Garganego, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet), Gambellara (Gambellara and Recioto) and Breganze (Vespaiolo, Torcolato and Breganze). The beautiful hills that host the vineyards are ideal places for wonderful cycling excursions, made more pleasant by a refreshing stop-over at some host farm or wine farm.
The opportunities to do sports are many: cycling itineraries, the 18-hole golfing green in Colli Berici, the trekking and the winter sports on the highlands of Asiago, rafting and canoeing on the river Brenta. Vicenza boasts, furthermore, many modern sports facilities for soccer and little league soccer, fishing in the numerous rivers and canals as well as a baseball field equipped and approved for international matches.