Bassano del Grappa in Northern Italy’s Veneto region (which also includes Venice, Treviso, and Verona) is one such place, and it’s an especially great “borghi” (comune or community) to visit in the Fall.
A rich history
Bassano del Grappa, which “lies at the foothills of the Venetian Prealps”, was “founded in the 2nd century BC by a Roman called Bassianus, whence the name, as an agricultural estate. However, an ancient bronze sword (called “spada di Riccardo”), found in 2009 and dating back to the 7th century BC, possibly between the 18th and 15th century BC, suggests that the area of Bassano was already inhabited not just in the pre-Roman period, but possibly even in the pre-Venetic period”.
An impressively long history, for sure! And, also, an interesting one:
“In 1368 [Bassano del Grappa] was acquired by the Visconti of Milan and, in 1404, by the Republic of Venice…During the French Revolutionary Wars the city was the site of the Battle of Bassano. In 1815 it was included in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, and became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy in 1866…In World War II, after the Armistice with Italy, the city was invaded by German troops, who killed or deported numerous inhabitants” (wikipedia.org).
A symbol of strength and resilience
Bassano del Grappa’s most famous landmark is the Ponte Vecchio (in English, the “old bridge”), a wooden bridge designed by famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio — oft-called one of the most influential architects in Western history — in 1569 that crosses the mighty Brenta River. And though the bridge was destroyed countless times over the course of Bassano del Grappa’s tumultuous history, it still stands today — attracting history buffs, tourists, and veterans, who pay homage to fallen soldiers there (wikipedia.org).
See it for yourself!
One of our most popular is the Small Group Hill Towns of Veneto Venice Day Trip. This exciting 9-hour tour takes clients by comfortable car from Tronchetto in Venice along some of the country’s most scenic backroads through the magical foothills of the Dolomites to the Prosecco wine region, where the tour ends with a wine tasting at a charming local winery.