Tourists can relax in the medieval town of Asolo
By Senior Airman Colleen Wieman , 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 18, 2007
Aviano Air Base, Italy --
Overlooking beautiful valleys, the medieval town of Asolo sits high on a hill more than an hour west of Aviano.
This town isn't short on historical sites ranging from castles to centuries-old churches. The English poet Robert Browning once lived here and, in the 15th century, Asolo was home and prison to the Queen of Cyprus. The town is dotted with signs in English explaining the significance of each historic location.
A fortress called Rocca looms over the town and it is the first thing visitors notice when approaching the town. Visitors can tour the inside of the fortress on weekends and holidays. Opening hours are posted near the bottom of the hill so people can avoid making the climb up to the Rocca unnecessarily. To get to the fortress, visitors must climb hundreds of uneven cobblestone steps. It's best to wear shoes with thick soles, or you will feel each stone while making the climb. On top of the hill, visitors can get an amazing 360-degree view of the vineyard-covered hills below.
In town, there is another castle called the Castello della Regina near the Piazza Garibaldi. The piazza is marked by the lion water fountain in the center. This castle has a museum and a restaurant inside. Near this castle is a beautiful cathedral with sparkling mosaics and a city museum detailing the area's history.
People in the mood for a stroll can head west towards the Saint Anna convent. The road towards the convent is marked by a unique garden dotted with statues, views of vineyards and a large mansion with interesting architecture called Casa Longobarda. Built in the 16th century, an underground tunnel connects Casa Longobarda to Villa Contarini on the other side of the hill.
The town is very small and everything is within reasonable walking distance. Most of the streets are extremely narrow and uneven and it might not be wise to drive through with a large car. There are a few parking spots within the center of town, but it's best to park outside the town and walk in.
The town is bike friendly and cyclists tend to take a break here. With its romantic views, convenient cafes, friendly people and a bit of history, visitors can rest in Asolo.
For more information on historic sites and
events in Asolo, visit http://www.frommers.com/destinations/asolo/