Bassano del Grappa

Showing the single result

Bassano del Grappa

Bassano del Grappa - View
Bassano del Grappa - BridgeBassano del Grapppa - Piazza RepubblicaBassano del Grappa - Panorama

Bassano del Grappa is a modest town in the Veneto region, located north of Venice and built between the foothills of the Venetian Prealps and the bank of the Brenta River. The 16th century painter Jacopo Bassano lived, worked and died in this town, even adopting its name as his own. Bassano del Grappa is also famous for the invention of the Grappa, a strong, pomace-derived spirit traditionally enjoyed after dinner as a digestif.

Bassano was founded as an agricultural estate in the 2nd century BC by a Roman called Bassianus, who then gave his name to the city. Over the centuries it flourished thanks to trade and its industry of wool, silk and metals. Its history remains relatively quiet up until the French Revolutionary Wars, when the town because the site of the Battle of Bassano in 1796. Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have remained in Bassano del Grappa for many months.

Read More

Again, Bassano became the site of more, violent battles during World War I; many soldiers lost their lives on the nearby Mount Grappa. Originally called Bassano Veneto, the town changed its name in 1928 to Bassano del Grappa in honor of the dead soldiers. Interestingly, several American authors spent time in Bassano during the war, including Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway. The latter settled in the town for a time and wrote his novel “A Farewell to Arms” based on his experiences.

Bassano offers several lovely sights and historical attractions, such as the Duomo Santa Maria in Colle, a cathedral built in the early 2nd century and later renovated in a more Baroque style. It is the oldest cathedral in the town and boasts a collection of works by Leandro da Bassano, Ottavio Marinali and other artists. The Church of St. Francis, built in the 13th century in the Romanesque-Gothic style, rises above Piazza Garibaldi. Within are 14th and 15th century frescoes, including “The Crucifixion” by Guariento di Arpo. Nearby is the civic museum which hosts a collection of archeological artifacts as well as various works of art by Jacopo Bassano, Antonio Canova, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Albrecht Dürer.

Finally, there is the Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini, a covered wooden bridge that spans the Brenta River. It was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569 to replace a pre-existing medieval bridge. The bridge was destroyed many times, the last time occurring during World War II.