Prealp foothills Medieval towns
PreAlp foothills day excursion. As a result, this is the solution to discover the medieval and renaissance towns. Hence in Maser, you will visit the Villa Barbaro of Andrea Palladio with frescoes by Paolo Veronese. Allways along the Prealp foothills, you will end this day tour tasting a docg prosecco wine in its region! In conclusion, the focus of this day excursion is to discover the middle ages. As well as the renaissance periods, and to taste local food and nice wines.
The town of Marostica is an important site of the middle ages in the Veneto. And founded along the PreAlp foothills. It takes the appearance of a fortified town thanks to the Scaligers, Lords of Verona. Hence in Marostica, we find two castles. The upper castle on the top of the hill that nowadays it is just a ruin. And the lower castle that is in perfect condition. As we can see, a fortified wall links the two castles.
And most relevant, just in front of the lower Castle, there is the Chess square. Here, since 1954, they perform a chess challenge with alive people. An event where the participants play with the costumes of the Renaissance. As a result, it is an important event of the town of Marostica. It is held once every two even years, in the first week of September. The next one is on 2018!
Bassano del Grappa
The town of Bassano del Grappa is on the banks of the Brenta River, along the PreAlp foothills. The town is attractive with its streets, houses with frescoes and arcades that border the squares. First of all, in this town, there is a covered bridge that is one of the most important monuments of Italy.
In October of the 1567, the flood waters of the river Brenta swept away the historic bridge. It had a roofed structure in timber, and its function was to be the main route to Vicenza. As a result, they involve Palladio to make a new bridge just after the collapse. Like a first project, he proposed to the council of Bassano a bridge that was different from its predecessor. And it was with three arches in stone according to the model of the ancient Roman bridges. However, the council of the town rejected this first project. And also they prohibited the architect to go far from the scheme of the old structure.
And at the end, in the summer of 1569, Palladio presented his project. As a result, a bridge which repeated the old structure in all its essentials. But for sure it was innovative in terms of its technic and static solutions. As well as of great visual impact on the town.
And also, after another flood of the 1748, they rebuilt the bridge just as the project of Palladio. As a result, they use the same solution after its demolition in World War II.
Furthermore, Bassano del Grappa is an important town for pottery.
We use to say that the town of Asolo is the city with a hundred horizons. Hence, this medieval walled town of Asolo presides over a grouped range of about thirty gentle hills. And they are along the PreAlp foothills.
As a result, we can see some palaces with frescoes along the narrow streets of this medieval little town. And also a castle stands in the main square of Asolo. Worth a mention, Robert Browning and Eleonora Duse loved Asolo. Furthermore, Duse was the actress who played the works of D’Annunzio. And she is in the cemetery of Sant’Anna of Asolo.
Villa Barbaro in Maser
In this villa, there is the best of two of the main Italian figures of the sixteenth century. As a result, we talk about Palladio and Paolo Veronese, whose careers crossed here and nowhere else. Hence the villa was for the brothers Daniele and Marcantonio. They were men of a high humanist training and diverse culture interests. And they made the process of designing the house far more of a collaborative venture. For sure than most of Palladio’s other projects. As a result, the farm had all the functions in the ground floor. Therefore it’s in the living area of the piano nobile that the brothers show their most refined aspect. It is where Veronese made a series of frescoes that has no equal anywhere in northern Italy. In front of the villa stands the Tempietto of Palladio.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore represents a synthesis between various types of soil, a mild climate and the skill of the men and women who have passed down the art of their hand-crafted labor from one generation to the next. It is thanks to this experience that they can cultivate the steep slopes of the hills that they have adorned with manicured vineyards, creating an environment so spectacular that it is now a candidate to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The production of the prosecco area twists and turns between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. As a result, in the North-Est of Italy, between Venice and the Dolomites.
In the Culture and Leisure section, there are some other day excursions helpful to know the culture of this region.