Asolo is one of the most beautiful villages (borghi) in Italy, discrete as well as fascinating. The best way to discover its hidden treasures is walking through its narrow alleys.
Starting from the Museo Civico, Via Regina Cornaro 74 , tel. +390423952313, which contains the history of the city, from its origins to its link with the famous people who have made of Asolo their second home. Going to the Castello, via Sottocastello, the medieval residence of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, now housing a fancy bar and the Teatro Duse. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Breda, built on the foundations of a Roman bath complex, contains paintings by Lorenzo Lotto and Jacopo Da Bassano. A leisurely stroll leads to the cemetery of S. Anna, via S. Anna 3111, where F. Stark and E. Duse are buried. The entrance is near the homonymous church and here you enjoy one of the best views over the Asolo hills. Going along Via Bembo you can reach the Rocca dating back in the twelfth century and from whose top you can admire the 100 horizons praised by the Italian poet Carducci.
Villa Barbaro, via Cornuda 7 Maser, tel. +390423923004, is one of the Palladian villas, which since 1996 have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In addition to the magnificent frescoes by Veronese, visit the collection of carriages and the Temple of Palladio. The Gipsoteca Canova, a plaster cast gallery, Via Canova 74 Possagno, tel. +390423544323, keeps the chalks of the most famous neoclassical sculptor and a few meters away stands the amazing Temple, in which the artist himself is buried.
Where to eat?
Hotel Villa Cipriani, Via Canova 298 , tel +390423523411, is the ideal place either for dinner or for a drink, you will be welcomed by a landscape and an atmosphere that will delight the eye and the palate. If you are looking for the typical Venetian cuisine, Al Bacaro, via Browning 165 , tel. +39042355150, awaits you under the arcades, while the best pizza is served at Pizzeria Cornaro, via Regina Cornaro 214, tel. +390423950361. Take a sit for a break at Caffe’ Centrale, via Roma 72, tel. +390423952141, a place that preserves the style of yesteryear, try the ice cream.
If you go down the hill in the direction of Casonetto, Locanda Da Baggio, via Bassano 1, tel. +390423565603, welcomes with the kindness of Nino, Antonietta and the whole family, offering impeccable delicacies. A family-run restaurant, where you will be entertained by Enrico with the description of the single ingredients of the menu’. Adjacent to Villa Barbaro, in an old venetian house, De Gusto, via Barbaro Maser 4 , tel. +390423565603, offers excellent platters of cured meat and cheeses.