If you are planning to tour Europe, consider the Veneto region of northern Italy on the Gulf of Venice. Venice is its best-known city and an extremely popular tourist destination. But the Veneto region is a lot more than Venice. It hosts many other excellent tourist attractions, and you won’t fight huge crowds. You may avoid tourist traps, and return home feeling that you have truly visited Italy. This article examines tourist attractions in northern Veneto. Be sure to read our companion articles on southern Veneto, on that Shakespearean city of Verona, and on the university city of Padua.
Marostica, population about thirteen thousand, boasts two castles: the Castello Inferiore (Lower Castle) a virtually unique setting for Town Council meetings and the Castello Superiore (Upper Castle) up the hill. But on the second weekend of September in even years such as 2010 these attractions take a back seat to the Partita a Scacchi (Chess Game) with human players decked out in medieval costumes. This practice first started in 1454 when two local noblemen Renaldo D. and Vieri da V. fell in love with the beautiful Lionora P., the daughter of the Lord of Marostica. They were ready to duel for the hand of that fair lady. Fortunately the future father in law wanted no duel and insisted on of a chess game to be played in the square near the lower castle. The winner will marry Lionora and the loser will marry her younger sister, Oldrada. The whole town showed up to watch the match. History does not record whether Lionora was rooting for the eventual winner or not. The not quite instant replay lasts from Friday night to Sunday and the moves are announced in the local dialect.
Bassano del Grappa, population about forty thousand, was founded as a Roman agricultural estate over two thousand years ago. It’s a lovely town filled with old houses and squares at the base of Mt. Grappa. This mountain provided cover to Italian partisans during World War II. In 1946 the Prime Minister of Italy awarded the city a gold medal for its military valor. This is commemorated every September. The city boasts several unusual museums. The Poli Grappa Museum presents the ins and outs of Grappa, an internationally known distilled liquor. Bassano del Grappa is home to several historic churches.
Treviso, population about eighty thousand, has had a long and bloody history. It is home to the famous designer Benetton and has enough canals to merit its nickname “Little Venice”. Start your visit at the Piazza dei Signori (Square of the Gentlemen), the center of the medieval town, with several buildings of interest including the Twelfth Century Palazzo dei Trecento (Town Hall). Close by you’ll find the Pescheria (Fish Market) on an island in the canal. There are, of course, several fine churches worth visiting. The Cathedral features Titian’s The Annunciation.
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