Are you exploring Bassano del Grappa, Italy in Veneto? At first glance, the city fascinates with its covered bridge, Ponte Vecchio for the people of Bassano. But to have a truly authentic experience, who better than locals can recommend goodies that escape the average tourist’s eye?
In this article, we will take you around Bassano del Grappa through the travel tips of real locals, from the community Association Bassano Km Quadro, who knows Bassano like the back of their hand. We allow you to become a temporary citizen and explore this enchanting city like a real local traveler. Believe me, Bassano del Grappa has it all!
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Nordic Walking along the Brenta River from Bassano del Grappa
Nordic Walking trails from Bassano del Grappa range from the banks of the Brenta River, to the gentle hills of Marostica and Mason and rugged trails of Grappa and Asiago Plateau.
- From the left bank of the Brenta River, if you start at the Bassano Bridge, you can head northward. Taking Via Pusterla, you will eventually arrive at the hydroelectric power plant on Via Ca’ Erizzo. From there, a pathway begins which is perfect for outdoor walks. After walking for about half an hour, you will reach the quaint San Bartolomeo church.
- Starting at the Bassano Bridge, if you head towards the right bank, you can follow Via Volpato adjacent to the Scalabrini Institute. As you begin the path, you’ll come across an area known as Bassano Beach, a popular spot to bask in the sun. Continue down the old Zuecca road and cross the Zuecca stream using the bridge. You’ll then walk along the embankment wall, constructed of river stones, and eventually reach Villa Bianchi Michiel. This walk is in the footsteps of the famous architect Palladio, who contributed to the reconstruction of Bassano Bridge and the construction of villa Angarano. To return, you can take Fontanelle Street, which passes through the peaceful hamlet of Giardinetto. Finally, on your way back to Bassano Bridge, you can take a relaxing break at Ragazzi ’99 Park and explore the Parolini Garden, a significant botanical garden featuring rare and valuable plant species.
What to do in Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Treat yourself to a special pampering
And after a long walk, treat yourself to a taste experience.
- At Dolce Bassano, pastry making is a true vocation and lifestyle choice for the owners, and this is reflected in the quality of the desserts they offer. The meringue, a typical Bassano del Grappa dessert, is something delicious!
- Antico Forno del Grappa is dedicated to the artisanal production of bread and baked goods. The store and laboratory evoke the atmosphere of an old bakery dating back to 1870.
- Danieli is a true landmark for all Bassano residents, a historical establishment in the beautiful setting of Piazza Garibaldi, where you can slow down and enjoy a great apéritif.
Enter the historical center through a special door
If you arrive in Bassano by train, the starting point is usually from Via da Ponte to Piazza Libertà (this route is embellished on Saturdays by the city market). Entering through Porta Dieda is something unusual but also special. At the beginning of the street, you can see a large door with a southern facade decorated with frescoes, brought to light by the 2005 restoration. You will enter Via Roma by crossing the archway. Continuing along the path, you will reach Piazza Libertà.
This is an ancient city gate that was opened in 1541 by Podestà Domenico Diedo to facilitate communication with the new dwellings. The south facade was decorated with frescoes showing a winged lion with a book and Marcus Curtius Rufus on a horse in the act of throwing himself into a chasm.
Take in a unique view of the city center
Are you in Piazza Terraglio at sunset time? Take a little detour: walk down the square to the balcony and look out. You will be facing the marvelous Ca’ Priuli with the foothills in the background, the Ponte Vecchio on the left, the valley and mountains on the right. While waiting for the sunset you can always find something interesting to see. If you head to the right you can enter the courtyard of the Castello degli Ezzelini, to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Colle or attend an organized performance in the open-air theater dedicated to Tito Gobbi. The restored Corpo di Guardia houses temporary exhibitions and, at certain times of the year, you can also walk along the path of the castle walls.