Bassano del Grappa is a place that it is difficult to visit if nobody told you about. When, prior to my trip to Italy, I asked to my son's Italian teacher about the Veneto region; he did not hesitate and told me: just do not miss two places: my town, Treviso and Bassano del Grapa. He was totally right!
We started the trip from Venice with a rented car and did a one-day round trip of about 160 Km.; visiting Treviso, Montebeluna, Bassano del Grapa and Padua. Ideally you can buy good bread and prosciutto, a nice bottle of chianti at some of the paninoteca in Venice and enjoy the lunch at some of the breathtaking scenarios you'll visit during this journey.
The treasure of the trip is Bassano del Grappa and its wooden bridge, The medieval city dates from 998 and the symbol of the town is the covered "Ponte degli Alpini"; a wooden pontoon bridge designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569.
The town is beautifull and has many other attractions such as Il Duomo (The Cathedral) and the Castello Superiore (Upper Castle), nice bars and coffe shops and of course is the place to taste one of the Italian national symbols: the Grappa made by distilling the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems left over from winemaking after pressing the grapes.
Two excellent places to buy some gifts after your visit are the Grapperia Bartolo Nardini and the Poli Distillerie; you'll find both stores at the two ends of the bridge.
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