It is part of the list of the most beautiful villages of the country. Asolo: Italian beautiful village close to Venice and located on a hill with a famous fortress. Not far from Treviso there is another jewel that deserve a visit. If you are planning a trip to Veneto region, follow my advice: include Asolo. You surely want to ask me why. Because you can see marvellous landscapes, to explore archeological finds, to attend to special events. You can also enter in the history thanks to the ancient palaces spread around the village.
I want to focus on different topics, for this reason I am going to prepare different posts, as I did for Malmö. In this way I will describe easily the different aspects. Asolo, the Italian beautiful village, counts less than 10.000 inhabitants, but it is one of the pearls for the travellers. If you like Italy, in this place you find the typical shape. Art, architecture, style and history are very well combined. There is also the chance to taste the traditional food.
Buildings: art and architecture
The first post is dedicated to the centre of the village, or better to the buildings of Asolo, the beautiful Italian village. You should start the visit from the central Piazza Garibaldi, because the main buildings are located to a walking distance from it. Many of the small streets conduct from the square to the various parts of the village. It is almost like the center of a circle from where goes easily and straight to each point. Some of the palaces are decorated with frescoes on their facades to tell you the local history.
Asolo is a pearl of Treviso province and it is also called “The City of a Hundred Horizons”. The mountain setting around this Italian beautiful village makes it one of the best places for the panorama. The foundation of the first agglomeration was made by Veneti, Indo-European people, around 590 B.C. and the name was Acelum. Then Romas ruled the place and now it is possible fo find some archeological site with finds of that age. The village visible now is mainly made by buildings and churces realized between Medieval time and XIX century. Of course you can see modern constructions, but outside the centre. This is what I like of Asolo: the place and the atmosphere looks like stopped in the past.
Your starting point in Asolo is the main square. What can you see there? As I already mentioned, Piazza Garibaldi is the hub of the village. At the centre of the square you can see the fountain, called Fontana Maggiore, that spouts water from the Roman aqueduct. La Bot, this is the name of the acquedut, during Roman time was conducting the water to the ancient baths where romans. The main buildings that you can see immediately around you are teh cathedral and the local museum.
Before to enter in the cathedral stop outside. There is a balcony with a superb view. It is one of the examples about the “hundred horizons”. The style is quite simple, not too many decorations, but you will remain surprised. Infact Duomo is famouse for the artworks. Among the best paintings conserved there is “Assumption of the Virgin” by Lorenzo Lotto. This is alone a good reason to visit the cathedral of Asolo. But this is only the first step of your walk around the centre.
Few steps from the Duomo there is the amazing museum with the local history and finds. Paintings, ancient finds and archeology are the items that you can find inside. You are in Asolo: Italian beautiful village. So don’t enter immediately. Admire the frescoes on the facade. It is part of the experience offered by the museum. Palazzo della Loggia is a mansion built during the XV century and it is one of the most fascinating constructions in Asolo. The portico occupy the entire ground floor. Frescoes represents “The defeat of Crassus against the Parthians”.
These are the main places I visited and I suggest you to do the same, but Asolo, the Italian beautiful village, offers much more. I am going to walk to see them.
Other attractions among buildings
Villa Freya deserve a visit, because inside are conserved the remains of foundations of a Roman theatre. Then you should see the Queen’s Castle, built in Middle Age. The prestigious palace was used by Queen Cornaro as her official residence. Another very nice house is Casa Duse. It is famous because in Asolo lived Eleonora Duse, a popular actress. Never miss the Convent of Saints Peter and Paul, a XVII century monastry, great example of religious architecture. Benedictine nuns stayed there until XIX century, then the building become a school. I suggest you to check also the Longobard house with a facade made with tuff stone and grotesque figures.
To be prepared to explore Asolo, the Italian beautiful village, you should download a map. It will be useful when you will be there to plan your walk and visit.
In my next post I will focus on the Fortress of Asolo. It offers an interesting structure, also if it is only partially visible as it was. From there you can contemplate the horizon made of amazing landscapes. Stay tuned to know more about Asolo and about my trip there. It is so relaxing the place, because the time seems to be stopped. The atmosphere help travellers to go into local setting as a time travel. Autumn is also the best period for a tour. It is so quiet and empty.