Bassano del Grappa is probably the most beautiful and elegant city in the province of Vicenza. On Sunday we often go for a walk through its streets, always full of tourists or ordinary citizens who come down for a coffee or an aperitif. It is a city that never bores you, that manages to attract even the youngest in search of entertainment.
The heart of the city is the “Ponte Vecchio“, a wooden bridge designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio, that crosses the Brenta River: it’s a splendid work of art, with wooden roofing, that can be defined as “the main street of the city”, the real centre, always full of people that walk or stop to drink a “meso e meso” (typical aperitif of the place, made with rhubarb and a local liqueur) in the historic tavern at the entrance of the bridge.
Every time I go to Bassano, I like to stop on the bridge and watch the water of the Brenta river flows fast and impetuous. It’s possible to walk along the banks and move away from the crowd looking for a corner of peace and nature within the city itself. Here you will meet a slower Bassano, which keeps your thoughts, your pauses or simply your desire for peace.
In addition to Ponte Vecchio there are two large and historic squares adorning Bassano, Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Garibaldi, both easily reachable by a quiet walk through the charming streets of the city.
In addition to its stateliness and elegance, Bassano caresses you with its gentle hills and mountains. It is a city in which you can enjoy all sorts of comforts and which, at the same time, gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature in a blink. To walk long paths and get lost in the surrounding woods. Bassano is a city that can satisfy even the most demanding people’s requests, and buying a house here is not exactly cheap!
Four things to know about Bassano 😉
1. The Bassano bridge was demolished and rebuilt several times; during the Second World War it was destroyed by partisans to sabotage the Nazis and then rebuilt by the Alpini (mountain troops of the Italian army) respecting the original project of Palladio: the Old Bridge is in fact called “Ponte degli Alpini”.
2. In Bassano there is a long tradition in the production of Grappa, and you can also visit a museum dedicated exclusively to this distillate.
3. In Bassano a high-quality of white asparagus is cultivated, which has obtained the protected designation of origin.
4. From Bassano del Grappa you can reach Venice in just over an hour by car, Vicenza in about 40 minutes, Jesolo (a well-known seaside town in Veneto) in less than two hours, Cortina in about two hours and a half.