☙ Veneto’s Treasures ❧
Asolo is perfectly positioned to easily reach the most beautiful places in Veneto, towns full of history that hide precious treasures:
Conegliano, birthplace of Prosecco superiore and of the painter Giambattista Cima, it is a treasure chest of architectural and artistic beauty. The castle is the symbol of its medieval heritage. (45 km)
Padua, is home to the “Cappella degli Scrovegni di Giotto”, the most important pictorial cycle in the world. This magnificent city also houses the Palazzo della Ragione, St. Anthony’s Basilica, Piazza delle Erbe, Palazzo Bo, prato della Valle, a botanical garden. (50 km)
Vicenza, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is nicknamed Palladio’s City. In fact, through his art, the architectural genius has left his mark on the city, which today can be admired in his unmistakably elegant buildings. (50 km)
Asiago, “the smallest and brightest city in Italy” according to Gabriele d’Annunzio, lies at the center of the largest plateau in Italy. It’s part of a vast green basin that is striking not only for its physical beauty but also because of the town’s architectural style and the amplitude of its streets and squares. (50 km)
Monte Grappa, is a mountain that has links to both World War I and II. At the foot of the mountain you can follow “ The Great War Route” that guides you to sites that testify to these dramatic events. (50 km)
Venezia, is the jewel of the Veneto, which steals every traveler’s heart because of its beauty and the sheer multitude of monuments and artwork to be seen there. (65 km)
Belluno, is surrounded by the majestic Dolomite mountains. The Celts called it “belo-dunum” which means “shining hill”. (70 km)
Verona, is often called “The city of love” thanks to Shakespeare who set his famous play “Romeo and Juliet” here. The city’s architecture testifies to its domination by various empires over millennia, including the Roman empire. In fact, the Roman amphitheater, the Arena, still remains and has been hosting the prestigious summer opera season for decades. (115 km)
Palmanova, “The starred city”, so called for its 9-pointed polygonal layout. (130km)
Cortina, the “Queen of the Dolomites” is one of the most desirable places for ski lovers, as it boasts breathtaking scenery thanks to such magnificent peaks as Tofane, Cristallo and Pomagagnon. (130 km)
Lago di Garda, is the largest lake in Italy. (150 km)
☙ Architetture and Veneto Villas ❧
There are numerous historic residences in the area. Some of the most beautiful Veneto villas open to the public are listed below:
- Cà Marcello,built in the 15th century by Andrea Marcello, is a wonderful example of a Veneto villa still maintained by the noble Venetian Marcello family. Tours of the villa can be arranged in the company of the owner.
- Villa Contarini, is one of the largest villas in Veneto. Built on the foundations of a 14th-century castle, the villa dates back to the middle of the 1500s, but the flowery baroque character of the building is the result of a late seventeenth century intervention by Marco Contarini. Today the complex is owned by the Region of Veneto and the villa has regained life thanks to the various cultural initiatives that are organized there.
- Villa la Rotonda, a Palladian villa built on commission by Monsignor Paolo Almerico around 1570 and completed by the Capra brothers. Since 1911 it has been owned by the Valmarana family who opened it to the public in 1986. It is one of the most famous and imitated buildings in the history of modern-day architecture.
- Villa Valmarana ai nani, Located just a few steps from Villa La Rotonda, it is famous for the extraordinary series of frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico.
- Villa Emo Capodilista, a villa designed as a hunting lodge in 1568 by the architect and painter Dario Varotari, a student of Veronese. The villa still belongs to the noble family that commissioned it.
- Villa Foscarini Rossi, the villa was built in the sixteenth century and was most likely based on a design by Francesco Contini. It was commissioned by the Foscarini family who desired a residence that expressed the importance of the family name. It is now home to the Rossimoda Museum of Footwear.
- Museo nazionale di Villa Pisani, Named “Queen of the Veneto Villas”, it covers an area of 15,000 square metres. The foundation for the building was a simple fifteenth-century construction, that was modernized in the sixteenth century, but in 1721 it took the shape of the majestic villa designed by Gerolamo Frigimelica and Francesco Maria Preti for the noble Pisani family from Venice. Today it is a national museum that preserves works of art from the 1700s and 1800s, including the masterpiece by Gianbattista Tiepolo “Glory of the Pisani Family”, frescoed on the ceiling of the majestic ballroom. The villa also hosts large exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art.
- Villa Foscari, Palladian villa designed in 1559 for the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari. The interiors are decorated with allegorical frescoes by Gian Battista Zelotti.
- Villa Widmann Foscari, most likely the work of Venetian designer Andrea Tirali who built it in 1719 for the Seriman family, Venetian nobles of Persian origin. The building is decorated internally with frescoes and stuccoes, with a mezzanine on the first floor, in accordance with the layout of ballrooms in Veneto villas at the time. Today it is home to a tourism promotion company and hosts exhibitions and cultural events.
- Villa Manin, The monumental complex began construction in 1500 on commission by the Manin family, whose design aimed to model that of Versailles in hopes of creating a testament to the greatness and power of the family. It is best known for being the home of Ludovico Manin, the last doge of Venice. It is also known for having been home to Napoleon Bonaparte for two months as he led the final phase of the campaign against the state of Veneto. The villa is now home to a permanent exhibition of a medieval firearms collection as well as a small carriage museum. It also houses large, temporary exhibitions of modern art.
It would be impossible to mention all of the splendid museums and other places of cultural interest that can be visited in the area. The staff at Il Galero can be of great help in any search for information on what to see and do for those who desire it.
You can also go on a tour of the villas of Veneto located along the banks of the River Brenta thanks to the “burchiello”, a historic boat that departs from both Padova and Venice. The boat tour is a fantastic way to navigate between art and history.
☙ Veneto’s SPA ❧
Going on holiday also means having time to relax. Upon request, the staff at Il Galero can contact professional masseurs, but public spas are also within arm’s reach:
- Le terme dei Colli Asolani, a few minutes from Villa Il Galero
- Le famose terme ad Abano, at one heur driving from Villa Il Galero
- Terme di Asiago
- Terme di Verona
- Terme Villa dei Cedri
- Terme di Merano
☙ Activities ❧
Whether you desire an active holiday or are looking to have a leisurely trip, the Veneto can meet your every need:
Ecco qualche esempio:
- Trekking: Veneto reagion offers numerous and varied paths suitable for all ages, from the mountains to the sea to the hills. You can also follow various thematic routes depending on your interests.
- Biking: bicycles, available at the villa, allow you to visit not only the Asolani hills but also the various recommended cycling routes throughout the Veneto.To stroll and see Veneto’s naturalistic treasures such as Grotte del Caglieron or Oasi di Cervara, a protected faunistic area.
- To stroll and see Veneto’s naturalistic treasures such as Grotte del Caglieron or l’Oasi di Cervara, a protected faunistic area.
- Boat trips: sailing along the Sile river you will discover the untouched and well preserved surrounding nature.
- Skiing: At only an hour’s drive from Il Galero, you can find the beautiful cross-country trails of Asiago’s plateau or fantastic downhill skiing in the Dolomites.
- Windsurf and Kitesurf on garda lake.
- All Terrain Vehicles: excursions with ATVs are available on Mount Grappa.
- Rafting and kayak: for those who want to venture along the Brenta River in Valstagna, 40 minutes from Asolo.
☙ Just want to have fun! ❧
If you are travelling with your children, here are some ideas to make their vacation unforgettable :
- Osteria ai Pioppi, a unique place, a few km from Il Galero. An hand-made playground, built with recovery materials, where everything works without electricity. A unique discovery of fun!
- Parco avventura, 3 differents paths to adventure among the trees.
- Parco degli alberi parlanti, sviluppato su diversi spazi all’interno del parco pubblico di Villa Margherita è un’esperienza coinvolgente ed educativa alla scoperta di temi quali il cinema, i cartoons, le invenzioni, la scienza e la natura.
- Parco Archeologico Livelet, to live a journey in the prehistoric era and experience the everyday life of a prehistoric men using their materials, tools and hunting weapons.
- Talking trees park, developed on different spaces within the public park of Villa Margherita is an engaging and educational experience to discover themes such as cinema, cartoons, inventions, science and nature.
- Parco Cappeller, a fauna parc that houses 1000 animals of 200 different species and numerous botanical varieties from all over the world.