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Bassano Del Grappa

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by Marta Pin (subscribe) MP
Published October 4th 2015
Grappa, history and art
Bassano is a city of 25000 residents in the Dolomites Mountains in the province of Vicenza. It is famous for being an important site of the Resistance during the WWI, but, indeed, it still has its own charm.

If you are around for a couple of days, you can see a handful of the local attractions.

To begin with, let's start the day with a good quality breakfast at the Caffe' Ponte Vecchio, where I tasted a chocolate brownie while I was admiring the elegant and brilliant furniture and structure.

Then, you should cross the bridge Ponte Degli Alpini, dedicated, as already mentioned, to the Alpines who helped Italy to get free from the invaders during the World War I. From here, you have a stunning view on the Brenta River and the colourful houses built along the banks.

View on River Brenta

At the end of the bridge, you'll start to see the district of the grappa distilleries. One of the most known is the Poli Distillerie. I decided to visit it because inside there is an interesting museum of Grappa's history. Grappa is a typical Italian spirit that originates from the grapes. Every grappa has different scents and aromas and here you have the opportunity to discover these inner qualities at their best.

A huge collection of grappa containers is also present and I'll give you some pictures below, but, certainly, if you go in person the 'wow 'effect is better guaranteed. Scents are able to be smelt and they would inebriate the visitors at the Grappa Aroma test's corner.
See how focused I was!

Bassano is so a unique hamlet and by walking up to the city centre just have a glance at the Palazzi and the architecture that stretches from the Medieval Ages to the Renaissance. Moreover, if you are passionate about art, then pay attention to the arcade of Saint Frances' Church. I have been fascinated by the contrast of the blues and the gold within the sky and the stars in the vault. Once you turn around, you would find the Civic Tower and the Civic Museum. The museum houses a temporary exhibition of Federico Bonaldi, an artist who expresses himself with ceramic works.

Saint Frances's Cloister

Civic Tower

Civic Museum

As I mentioned before, Bassano is surrounded by mountains and I took the chance to hike Cima del Grappa. Usually the standard duration of the itinerary is about two hours, but considering a few view stops and sun tanning breaks, the whole trek lasted half a day. At the top of the top there is a memorial monument which contains the human rests of Italian and Austrian soldiers fallen into the battle fields between 1914 -1918. The panorama and the eye impact were so impressive it was impossible not to be emotionally involved. Just look at the pictures below!

Hiking Cima del Grappa

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