Asolo

In this chapter we will discuss the wonderful village of Asolo, located at the foot of the Alps and among the green hills of the province of Treviso.

Asolo, the "city of a hundred horizons" as defined by Giosuè Carducci, has enchanted a cosmopolitan court of artists and intellectuals astonished by its peaceful beauty. The Castle with its Fortress is one of the symbols of the Asolo landscape and seems to date back to the 10th century, it was also the residence of Ezzelino from Romano and, starting from 1339, it became the seat of the Venetian podestàs. "At the top of the Fortress one feels like at the top of a diamond, where every facet causes an iridescent panorama" wrote Giovanni Comisso (1895-1969) in “Veneto Felice”.

The city has to be discovered by walking to the central Piazza Maggiore or Garibaldi, with the sixteenth-century fountain dominated by the winged lion of San Marco. Going down a staircase you reach the Cathedral of Asolo, of medieval origins, which reveals its treasures inside, such as: "Assumption of the Virgin" painted by Lorenzo Lotto, and "the assumption" by Jacopo Bassano.

The Loggia del Capitano, now home to the civic museum, is a building of the fifteenth century covered with frescoes, tombstones and coats of arms. Inside we find a varied collection of archaeological material, paintings and sculptures, as well as documents and memories related to the lives of Caterina Cornaro, Eleonora Duse, and the explorer and writer Freya Stark, who linked their fate to that of the city. Walking through the medieval alleys you will discover the cafes and typical taverns that serve delicacies that cannot be found elsewhere, such as the musetto imbriago (pork cooked in wine).

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