☙ Towns to visit near by ❧
In the area around Asolo there are numerous towns that deserve a visit:
Castelfranco Veneto, the birthplace of the artist Giorgione, is distinguished by the imposing yet majestic walls of its medieval castle that give name to the town. A must-see for visitors is going to view Giorgione’s most famous work, “La Pala di Castelfranco”, which can be admired in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. (18 km)
Bassano del Grappa, a walled city which lays at the foot of the Asiago plateau and Monte Grappa, along the River Brenta. The famous Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini in the town centre crosses over the river and offers a beautiful view. The city is a very important area from a logistical standpoint, and has been a prosperous town since its foundation. (20 km)
Valdobbiadene, the birthplace of Prosecco DOCG. (20km)
Marostica, the city is characterized by its double castle which is truly unique. Every two years, in September, the town hosts a live chess game. (25km)
Treviso, proclaimed by poets as a “courteous town”, has a calm and serene atmosphere. It is both a city of art and a city of water – thanks to the two rivers that characterize the local identity. It is a city that always offers something new to discover. The heart of the city is Piazza dei Signori which includes the Palazzo del Podestà and makes for a good starting point from which to tour the city’s monuments. (38km)
Cittadella, a pretty, walled town of medieval origins, preserves its irregular ellipse-shaped outer wall intact, interconnected by 32 towers. (30km)
Vittorio Veneto, walled town, known for being the theater of the final battle of World War I. It is surrounded by ha hilly landscape characterized by the renowned and extended wine production of Prosecco Superiore. (47km)
☙ architecture & Veneto Villas ❧
In the territory of Treviso there are about sixty Veneto villas, most of which were built by the architect Andrea Palladio for the most prestigious families of his time. A selection of the main points of interest only a short distance from Il Galero is listed below:
- Villa Barbaro in Maser: Veneto villa built by Andrea Palladio between 1554 and 1560 for the humanist Daniele Barbaro and his brother Marcantonio. The Palladian architecture makes the site fit for the study of the arts and intellectual contemplation. The villa is embellished with a series of frescoes that represents one of the masterpieces of Veronese. The villa in its entirety was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996.
- The neoclassical Temple of Canova in Possagno: neoclassical church located in Possagno, designed by the famous architect Antonio Canova at the beginning of the 19th century. Today it is the parish church of Possagno and holds the title of archpriest.
- Villa Emo in Fanzolo : villa made by architect Andrea Palladio on behalf of the Emo family of Venice. It is one of the most accomplished Palladian villas in existence. Since 1996 it has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites together with other Palladian villas throughout the Veneto region and in Vicenza, the “City of Palladio”.
- Antonio Canova’s Gipsoteca Museum: a museum dedicated to sculptor Antonio Canova, which includes a picture gallery located inside the sculptor’s house of birth, the gypsum collection that gathers the entire production of terracotta sketches and plaster models, a library specializing in Canova and sculpture and a documentary archive related to the sculptor’s activities over his lifetime.
- The Brion Tomb : Monumental funeral complex designed and built by the architect Carlo Scarpa and commissioned by Onorina Brion Tomasin to honor the memory of her beloved relative Giuseppe Brion. Years later, the architect was buried here, following desires expressed in his will.
Treviso’s cultural treasures can also be discovered following the Architecture Road suggested by the Province of Treviso. The route, which has been subdivided into the “Piedmont Route” and the “Itinerary through the Plain”, uses Asolo as a reference point in discovering the historic monuments of this unique territory.
☙ For gardens lovers ❧
The town of Asolo is surrounded by the greenery of the hills and its villas. Many villas like Il Galero, open their gardens to the public for them to experience their natural wonders. From Asolo, you can reach the other exceptional villas that open the doors of their gardens:
- Il Galero, the villa has a garden that extends over 15,000 square metres, where one can admire centuries old vegetation such as cypress trees, olive and fruit trees, pittosporum, oleafragrans, climbing wisteria, jasmine and a beautiful, antique rose garden
- Villa Freya, the garden of the villa of the famous traveler Freya Stark, which is also the site of an archaeological museum containing the remains of a Roman theater
- Parco Sigurtà, natural parc in Valeggio sul Mincio (VR), nominated second place for “The most beautiful parc of Europe” in the contest of 2015. It is the result of a perfect fusion between a historic parc and a modern garden
- Giardino Giusti, in Verona. This garden surround Palazzo Giusti in Verona and it is considered one of the most beautiful exemples of an italian garden.
☙ Food & Wine ❧
For those who would like to combine their taste of history and culture with gourmet cooking, the following routes are highly suggested :
- The Montello and Asolani Hills Wine Scenic Route, an itinerary that runs between the area of Mount Grappa and the River Piave, combines the magic of wine tasting with beautiful panoramas of green, which was once the historic war territory.
- The Prosecco and Wines of the Hills Scenic Route, this is one of the most well known and loved route by tourists and locals ,it is a road that links the most interesting, amenable and significant venues of wine culture and historical culture It dates back to 1966. Along its 35 km route you will admire many beautiful vineyard landscapes that will surprise you at every turning.
- Treviso’s Red Radicchio Road and Castelfranco’s Variegated Radicchio Road.
- Cimadolmo’s White IGP Asparagus Road.
A visit to Asolo allows you to combine the taste for history and culture with the pleasures of the table.
Delicious white wines such as Chardonnay, Verduzzo and Tocai and red wines such as Merlot, Cabernet, Raboso and Refosco are produced in the Veneto region. The most famous wine produced here, is the sparkling wine, Prosecco. All of these delicious wines can be tasted, accompanied by numerous types of delicious typical food at the local inns, restaurants and cantinas all located in the hill’s greenery.
For a lunch or a dinner we suggest:
Visits for wine tastings can be organized at the many wineries located in the charming green landscape within a short distance from Il Galero, like:
- Cantina Maser, there is also a nice bar for wine tastings and a restaurant there.
- Cantina Dal Bello.
- Cantina Pat Del Colmel.
- La Colombera.
- Bresolin BIO, organic wines.
- Al Moretto, a wine shop in Asolo which organize wine tasting with the producers.
- Nardini, distillery that organize group visits in English by appointment.
- Capovilla, distillery.
- Poli, distillery.
☙ Passion for sport ❧
For those who do not want to stay in the pool and want to explore Asolo or practice their favorite sports, there are numerous possibilities available:
- Trekking: there are numerous itineraries that can be followed to discover the Asolani hills. On the town of Asolo’s website different paths are recommended based on difficulty and the amount of time it takes to complete each path.
- Golf: for golf enthusiasts, a 27-hole course is only a 10 minute drive from Asolo.
- Horseback riding: the equestrian center is only 10 minutes away.
- Tennis: a few minutes from the Villa there are numerous tennis court.
- Bike riding: Villa Il Galero provides bicycles that can be used to visit Asolo’s centre and to start discovering the Asolani hills, riding along the edges of numerous vineyards along the way.
- Paragliding: to try the emotion to fly.
☙ Crafts, shopping and outlets ❧
Craftsmanship has been a typical traditionin in the town of Asolo for centuries. One of the most popular and well known hand craft tradition is the one of the “old school of embroidery“ and today it is possible to view and buy collections of ancient weaving and hand embroidery designs by appointment only. Exquisite, hand-made products can be found in numerous artisan craft shops in the heart of the town and its surroundings :
- Pottery Guizza: productor of artistic pottery.
- Fraz ceramiche: local artist with unique pieces.
- Asolo Kilim: oriental and french art and antiques.
In the surrounding towns you can find:
- Tessorie Eger, in Mussolente: productions of beautiful textiles.
- Renata Bonfanti: hand-made textiles, carpets and tapestries.
- Massimo Lunardon: productor of artistic blown glass.
- Montegrappa: the most renowned italian brand of luxurious pens and jewellery.
- Ceramiche di Nove: one of the most well know pottery shop where you can find the famous San Marco products.
For those of you who love to shop, Asolo and its surrounding towns offer plenty of factory shops such as: Nordica, Geox, Diadora, Lotto, The North Face, Stone Fly…