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Guide of Treviso Itineraries Treviso : Asolo and the gems of the Marca Trevigiana, Italy

Treviso Treviso : Asolo And The Gems Of The Marca Trevigiana, Italy

This itinerary will take you to some of the treasures of the Marca Trevigiana (Treviso Province), smaller towns, but nonetheless full of charm. You'll see absolute art masterpieces and Palladio's famous villas. You can linger in the gentle landscape of the hills near Treviso, then visit the legendary spots of World War I, the historic Monte Grappa.

The itinerary can be done in one or two days, it is worth spending the night to explore these small historical cities at a relaxing pace. You can choose from a selection of hotels in Asolo or a cozy bed-and-breakfasts in Asolo, in the historic center or open country side.


This age-old town is the birthplace of the Renaissance painter Giorgione. The square fortress appears immediately in the center surrounded by pretty gardens, overlooking a large square with arcades. By entering the walls you reach the oldest part of the city with the neoclassical Duomo and former Monte dei Pegni. The Duomo contains remarkable works of art, including a famous altarpiece by Giorgione.

Villa Emo

A short distance from Castelfranco lies the town of Fanzolo, where the magnificent Villa Emo is situated, created in 1560 by Andrea Palladio. This country villa is an excellent example of Palladian architecture, which manages to combine the forms of ancient architecture with the practical necessities of agrarian life. The exterior of the villa is simple, while the interior is richly decorated with frescoes.

May-October: Mon.-Fri. 2:30-6:00 p.m., Sat. 2:30-7:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-7:00 p.m.
November-April: Sat. and Sun. 2:00-6:00 p.m. - Tel. +39.0423.476334


Asolo, the pearl of the Marca Trevigiana, possesses a charm that few other cities have, in fact famous people have lived here including the poet Robert Browning, actress Eleonora Duse and explorer Freya Stark.
We invite you to stop even to simply breathe the magic atmosphere of the place, possibly sitting at one of the cafes in the main square. See the Asolo guide

Villa Barbaro

Not far from Asolo, in the town of Maser, is one of the masterpieces of Italian architecture, listed on Unesco's "World Heritage List". This is Villa Barbaro, built in 1550-1560 by Andrea Palladio in a slightly elevated position on the slope of a hill. The interior of the villa is decorated with frescoes by Paolo Veronese who created one of the most extraordinary fresco cycles of the 16th century here. A Museum of Antique Carriages is located near the villa.
Visits: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 3:00-6:00 p.m. Tel. +39.0423.923004


From Asolo, by crossing the charming landscape of the Colli Asolani, you reach Possagno, at the feet of the mountains in chestnut and acacia woods. Possagno is the birthplace of Antonio Canova, the Neoclassical sculptor who became famous throughout Europe. Visitors immediately notice the enormous mass of the Canova's Temple, a massive Neoclassical construction from 1830 that Canova designed based on inspiration from the Parthenon in Athens and Pantheon in Rome. If the exterior is striking due to its grandeur, the interior is even more beautiful: Canova's tomb and numerous works of art are housed here.

It is also possible to visit the Canova Museum in Possagno, where all of the plaster models, unsold marble, paintings and work are kept.

Mount Grappa

The Grappa Massif rises above Possagno, a mountain which became famous during World War I, earning the name "Italy's Sacred Mount". In 1917 and 1918 Italian and Austrian troops fought various battles leaving 23,000 dead. At the top of the mountain rises the impressive Monumental Cemetery (Sacrario Monumentale), which contains the remains of the fallen soldiers of the two sides.

Today Mount Grappa is very popular with hikers, mountain bikers and climbers, and is one of the best spots in Europe for paragliding and hang gliding. A stop in one of the traditional shepherd's huts ("malga") is recommended to try the excellent mountain cheeses.

Bassano del Grappa

The itinerary ends in Bassano, an old town made famous by its wooden bridge. The entire city is filled with very tasteful buildings: walking through the historical center you reach three central squares flanked by lovely buildings. See the Bassano del Grappa guide

Photos courtesy of: Provincia di Treviso – Servizio Turismo


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