8 must see-places and activities to do in Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Looking for an off the beaten path destination for your next trip to Italy? Bassano del Grappa might be what you are looking for, discover why.

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Looking for an off the beaten path destination for your next trip to Italy where you can avoid crowds, tourists, and immerse yourself in local traditions and flavors? Look no further than the secret gem of Bassano del Grappa. Just 90 minutes from Venice and Verona, this charming town offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you stay for a few days or use it as your base to explore the Veneto region, Bassano del Grappa is an ideal destination. From here, you are within easy reach of Lake Garda, the mountains, medieval towns like Marostica, and art cities such as Vicenza, Padua, Treviso, Verona, and Venice.

Staying in Bassano del Grappa allows you to live like a local, avoid tourist traps, and easily move around by train, bike, or car. Before setting off to explore other places, make sure you experience Bassano to the fullest. Here are our top 8 places and activities you absolutely should do whilst in Bassano.

1. Palazzo Roberti: a unique book store

Palazzo Roberti is a historical gem that stands as a testament to the town’s rich cultural heritage. This 17th-century palace, now a stunning bookstore, offers an enchanting blend of old-world charm and literary wonder. The top floor features frescoed ceilings done by the Tiepolo School, adding to the grandeur of the space. Here, the Manfrotto sisters, who own the palace, organize book presentations and cultural events, making it a vibrant cultural hub. Spend some time wandering through its rooms, soaking in the serene atmosphere, and perhaps picking up a book or two as a unique souvenir.

2. Tassotti: one of Italy’s oldest printing houses

Tassotti is synonymous with traditional craftsmanship in Bassano del Grappa. You can visit their store on Via Ferracina, where the first floor houses a small exhibition on the history of the Remondini and Tassotti families in Bassano. From the windows, you’ll enjoy one of the best views of the iconic Ponte degli Alpini. Alternatively, arrange a private visit to the Tassotti factory to see how paper is meticulously crafted into iconic notebooks, pencils, boxes, and more, all featuring original designs. This visit offers a unique insight into the artisanal paper-making process and the rich artistic heritage of the region.

3. Grapperia Nardini & Bolle di Fuksas

A trip to Bassano del Grappa wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Grapperia Nardini, the oldest distillery in Italy. Established in 1779, Nardini offers a chance to taste some of the finest grappa in the world. Don’t miss the “Bolle di Fuksas,” a modern architectural marvel designed by renowned architect Massimiliano Fuksas. These futuristic glass bubbles house the Nardini research and development center and serve as the perfect venue for small to medium company events in a unique setting. The contrast between the historic distillery and the modern architecture provides a memorable backdrop for any occasion.

4. Scent Itinerary

Flavors and scents are key in Bassano. Start your sensory journey at Inedito Lab, the herbalists who produce all their own teas and oils. Marco and Roberto offer visitors a unique experience into the herbs and perfumes of the area, as well as herbs from all over the world thanks to meticulous research aimed at delivering the best products for their clients’ wellbeing.

For perfumes, Bassano boasts one of the most beautiful perfumeries in Italy. Urbani is divided into sections for body and home perfumes (their latest addition). Here, you can have a bespoke experience to understand the best perfume for your character. What we love about Urbani is their careful research into small local “noses,” discovering perfume artisans from all around Italy and the world.

To end your scent itinerary, indulge in one of Nardini’s experiences where you will smell and taste different grappas and liquors, getting to know the incredible history of the first ever grappa distillery in Italy.

5. Shopping Local

Bassano del Grappa is resisting globalization with a vast selection of local independent shops. Sergio at Aurum takes great care of his customers, and by working with local goldsmiths, he can craft bespoke jewelry in just a few days. Pepelù crafts accessories and jewelry in a Palladian site just outside of Bassano and sells them in her boutique shop at the heart of Bassano on Via Vittorelli 36. If you like eyewear, Bassano Optical not only sells the best makes of Italian and international glasses and sunglasses but also crafts handmade glasses for a truly unique touch. For fashion enthusiasts, a visit to Mengotti and Campagnolo, two historical shops in town, is a must. These stores offer a range of stylish and high-quality clothing that reflects the elegance and tradition of the region.

6. Montegrappa Experience

For a truly unique experience, visit the Montegrappa factory, famous for its luxury writing instruments. Take a guided tour to see the intricate craftsmanship that goes into making each pen and learn about the history of this prestigious brand. The Montegrappa Experience is perfect for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship and the art of writing.

7. Food Tour

No visit to Bassano del Grappa would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Start with a refined lunch or dinner at Birraria Ottone, where local produce is the star of the menu. For a combination of local ingredients, traditional recipes, and innovative twists, head to Terraglio. Here, Chef Andrea offers a culinary experience that can be enjoyed outside in the summer, with a view of the tower of Castel Ezzelino.

For an aperitif, aside from the must-try Mezzo e Mezzo by Nardini, visit La Quinta Essenza. This concept store combines a delicatessen with a cocktail bar offering unique liquors. If you want to dive deeper into the flavors of the area, make sure to visit Bocon Del Prete, the local delicatessen. Next door, Bossa Buffona offers quick snacks or rich salumi platters, perfect for tasting the local produce.

If you have a sweet tooth instead don’t miss out on Dolce Bassano, from choccolate pralines, to Easter eggs, to cakes, every month is a surprise. 

8. Rafting on the River Brenta

For adventure enthusiasts, rafting on the River Brenta is a must-do activity. Organized by Ivan Team, this exhilarating experience offers a unique perspective of the region’s natural beauty. Navigate the river’s rapids and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a beginner, the River Brenta provides an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Bassano del Grappa is a hidden treasure in Italy, offering a rich tapestry of experiences for travelers seeking an authentic and off-the-beaten-path destination. From historical landmarks and artisanal craftsmanship to culinary delights and outdoor adventures, this charming town has something for everyone. Make sure to explore all it has to offer and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions

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