Vicenza, between flavours and traditions

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Vicenza, between flavours and traditions

VICENZA

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Afternoon: Vicenza city centre
Meeting with the local guide and departure on foot for a guided tour of the center of Vicenza.

Walk in the historic center among the main streets and squares of the city (Corso Palladio, Contrà Porti, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Matteotti), with particular attention to the masterpieces of Palladian architecture (Basilica Palladiana, Loggia del Capitaniato, Palazzo Chiericati, Palazzo Barbaran…)

Entrance in Teatro Olimpico, one of the artistic wonder of Vicenza and the first and the oldest covered theatre of the Modern era.

Overnight in hotel.

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Monte Berico

Departure by private minivan towards Monte Berico and meeting of the guide. Entrance to the Sanctuary of Monte Berico for a short visit.

According to tradition, the construction of the Sanctuary is linked to the apparition of the Madonna to a Vicentine peasant woman during the years of the plague. In these apparitions the Madonna would have asked for the construction of a church dedicated to her. Indeed, the chronicles of the time are in agreement in reporting that, after the Municipality had fulfilled this, that episode of plague ceased.

Then visit one of the most beautiful villas in Vicenza, Villa Valmarana ai Nani. The villa is famous for the extraordinary cycle of frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo (who painted the villa in the period of its maximum artistic splendor) and his son Giandomenico.

During the visit, they will tell you the legend that gave this name to the Villa.

Returning from Monte Berico, a short stop can be foreseen for the external visit of the Villa La Rotonda, the work of Andrea Palladio, visited for centuries by artists and poets.

Subsequently wine tasting with cured meats and cheeses (reinforced aperitif) and visit to a local winery.

Back to the hotel, overnight.

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Marostica and Bassano del Grappa

Departure by private minivan to Bassano del Grappa. Stop in Marostica, visit outside the Castle and the main square, the famous Piazza Castello, whose floor represents a chessboard.

Marostica is known all over the world for the chess game that takes place with living characters in the town square every two years.

Arrival in Bassano del Grappa and visit of the historic center with the famous bridge of the Alpini.

The itinerary will start from Viale dei Martiri, a splendid panoramic balcony on the Prealps, crosses the main squares of the center (Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Libertà) with the churches and the most significant buildings (Churches of San Francesco and Giovanni, Loggia del Comune, Casa Remondini) and ends on the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Lunch at an old trattoria, which is part of the “Confraternità del Baccalà-codfish brotherhood and specializes in the cuisine of Vicenza-style cod.

Afternoon: Distilleria Poli Bassano

At the foot of Monte Grappa stands Bassano del Grappa, the fascinating “capital” of the most Italian of spirits.

In the heart of the city, opposite the historic Ponte Vecchio, in the ancient Palazzo delle Teste, is the Poli Grappa Museum. The Poli Grappa Museum in Bassano del Grappa, the result of a long and passionate research, is an act of gratitude by the Poli family towards Grappa.

The Museum consists of five suggestive rooms with texts in Italian and English and video projection in various languages. Self-guided visit with tasting of 5 spirits.

Return to Vicenza

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Asiago and Val Magnaboschi

Meeting with the guide and departure by private bus to Asiago and visit of the Leiten Memorial, the most impressive of the shrines of the Pre-Alps, where the remains of over 50 thousand fallen were collected.

The Val Magnaboschi area is another important battlefield, where it was fought both in 1916, during the Strafexpedition, and in 1918, during the Battle of the Solstice.

On the summit of Monte Zovetto there is the monument of the Liguria Brigade, while a little further below you can visit the Italian cemetery and the British cemetery

Lunch in a “Rifugio”.

Afternoon: Asiago Walk in the city center of Asiago. On the way back, it is possible to stop at the Caseificio Pennar (where they make the famous Asiago cheese) for a visit and tasting. Those who want to appreciate the true flavors of the greatest Italian dairy tradition must know the cheeses of the Pennar Asiago Dairy.

Here the Asiago cheese par excellence is produced, the real jewels of the Veneto – Trentino highlands.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

Galleria fotografica

Il Veneto custodisce città d’arte e piccoli borghi storici, oasi naturali e montagne, cittadelle fortificate, ville nobiliari e località di villeggiatura sul mare e sul lago.

Grazie a Venezia – capoluogo della regione – è prima in Italia e tra le primissime in Europa per numero di visitatori: i motivi per visitare la regione del Veneto non si limitano però solo alla sua straordinaria città sull’acqua.

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