What to see in Bassano del Grappa in one day?
Bassano del Grappa is the second most important city in the province of Vicenza, in Veneto. It is located in the upper area of Vicenza, at the foot of the Venetian pre-Alps, and rises on the banks of the Brenta River. Being a small town it is possible to know it quickly and, today, we will know what to see in Bassano del Grappa in one day.
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Bassano del Grappa is not big; it is known for the bridge over the Brenta, and for being the birthplace of the famous Italian drink Grappa Nardini, now widespread throughout the world. Bassano del Grappa is perfect to discover in a day and today you will get to know this spectacular city a little better. And if you want more information about Veneto, you can visit this link (only in Italian).
But after all, what to see in one day in Bassano del Grappa?
1) Visit the Alpini Bridge
A day visit to Bassano del Grappa starts at the Ponte Alpini, which is also known as Ponte Vecchio or Ponte di Bassano. This bridge is dedicated to the memory of the Alpini, a military corps that passed through here to climb the plateau of the 7 counties of Asiago during the First World War. It was dedicated to them in 1928, and is one of the most visited spots in Bassano.
The bridge is made of wood and painted red. In 2019 it was declared a national monument, but has been rebuilt several times. This bridge is the most frequented by visitors, who cross it on foot.
2) Visit the Alpini Museum
On the side of the Bassano bridge is the Taverna degli Alpini, and there you can find the Museo degli Alpini. This museum houses war relics, and testimonies from the First and Second World War, and was organized thanks to various donations and some finds on Monte Grappa and on the Asiago plateau. To visit the place it is necessary to make a reservation – you can do it by clicking here!
The Alpini tavern has a beautiful view of the Brenta and to get into the full Veneto spirit I suggest you try a typical local aperitif known as Meso e Meso Nardini. Meso is an aperitif composed of Rabarbaro Nardini, Rosso Nardini, Seltz, and a lemon zest. The alternative, always in vogue, is to drink a Spritz.
How about a Pasta and Tiramisu Class at a local’s home in Bassano del Grappa? Click here to learn more!
3) Visit a Bassano distillery
Opposite the Taverna is Grapperia Nardini, home of Grappa Nardini, founded in Bassano in 1779. Its founder, Bortolo Nardini, transformed Osteria del Ponte into a distillery on the banks of the Brenta, and following an ingenious intuition, the growth process of the company started from here to take it to worldwide fame. Among the distinguished guests were Ernest Hemingway and Queen Elizabeth: the distillery is well stocked and can be visited by appointment where it is possible to taste various types of grappa. To book (or try!), contact the company at this link!
- As a rule, Grapperia Nardini is always sold out, so it might be useful to know that the Poli distillery, located just opposite, is an alternative option to the Nardini tour. Inside there is a grappa shop with the Poli Grappa museum. The latter with 5 rooms inside where the main tools for the production of Grappa used in the past are found.
- The guided tour with a tasting menu costs €3 per person, and the place is open every day from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. To book your experience, click here!
What is grappa?
Grappa is a pomace spirit obtained from grapes produced and vinified exclusively in Italy, although there is also the same pomace distillate produced in Italian-speaking Switzerland which, too, is legitimately labeled, and marketed as grappa. It has a strong flavor, and is one of the most requested appetizers as after-dinner digestives. The word “grappa” derives from the Medieval Latin “grappolus”, a term that meant “bunch of grapes”.
How about a gastronomic experience in a local home in Bassano del Grappa? Click here to learn more!
4) Visit the Ceramics Museum
Bassano del Grappa is known for its ceramics, and the Giuseppe Roi Museum is located in Palazzo Sturm, and to visit it, I suggest you buy the ticket online – clicking here! Baron Giovanni Battista Sturm von Hirschfeld donated it to the municipality of Bassano in 1943, and the site became the ceramics museum, housing some collections of ancient ceramics.
Palazzo Sturm also houses another museum:
The Remondini Press Museum, which is dedicated to the typography and chalcography of the Remondinis, a Bassanese family of printing entrepreneurs. They were distinguished by their engravings and iconographic models that helped to sell all over the world. Outside the palace is the massive steel sculpture of a rhinoceros, a work of art by artist Li-Jen Shih. The Chinese artist creates rhino-themed statues and has been working for more than 40 years. From Palazzo Sturm you can have a beautiful view of the Alpini bridge.
5) Visit the historic center of Bassano del Grappa
The day trip to Bassano del Grappa continues through the beautiful historic center of the city. There are many squares to see: the two main ones are Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Garibaldi.
In Piazza Garibaldi is the Civic Tower or the so-called Clock Tower; 43 meters high, it was probably used as a point of observation of the surroundings. Also here is one of the most important museums, which is the Civic Museum, which houses works by Jacopo da Ponte, known as Bassano, and Canova.
Piazza della Libertà is known for the presence of two columns: one with the lion of San Marco and the other with San Bassiano, patron saint of the city. Another important square is Piazza delle Erbe, also called Piazza della Fontana. For centuries it was home to the city’s market, and it’s a charm! In the center is the Bonaguro Fountain which is a gift from Mayor Bonaguro, the first to bring water to the city. In the central square of Monte Vecchio is the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà and the house of Corno Bonato which boasts frescoes by Jacopo da Ponte, known as Bassano.
6) Discover the Cathedral of Bassano del Grappa
To close the list of what to see in Bassano del Grappa in one day, I recommend a stop at the Cathedral of Bassano del Grappa, whose name is Catedral de Santa Maria Assunta in Colle. It was built in the old Pieve di Bassano, and there are still traces of it that can be found in documents as early as 998. The building was enlarged in 1200, and in 1700, the old church became a crypt, where the current Cathedral was built.
The Cathedral’s unique feature is that it has no real external facade, but a smooth wall interrupted only by three entrance doors. The plan is rectangular with a single nave, and inside there is a main altar with eight other altars complete with altarpieces. Some works are attributed to Giovanni Battista Volpato.
7) Visit around Bassano del Grappa
If you still have some time to spare or have a few days to spend in Veneto, there are other beautiful towns that I recommend you visit: Asolo, Cison di Valmarino, Castelfranco Veneto, Cittadella, Montagnana and Arquà Petrarca. They are all small villages that can be visited in one day and, really, it is really worth it.
The Your Travel To Italy team would like to thank Luca, from the Capturing the World Blog website, for his collaboration.
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Luca, grazie mille per la generosità!
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