If you have ever traveled to Europe you know that they take pride in their history. They believe the older it is, the better it is. Bassano del Grappa in northern Italy has the pomp of being founded in the second century, and due to a more recent archaeological find, they are even thought to possibly be able to add another five hundred years to their esteemed long history as a city. Needless to say, with two thousand years under their belts the town of Bassano del Grappa has a few things to show you. William Bailey Travel Reviews this unique and historic destination for travel.
Although with such a long history you would think that this city would be large and spread out, but actually Bassano del Grappa has a small statue and is just less than 20 square miles and sits right at the foothills of the Venetian Prealps. Since the city isn’t spread out everything you need to see is easily accessible and can be accessed by foot. So there’s no getting lost on tiny one way streets, or lanes that have no visible names. One of the most stunning structures in the city is The Cathedral. Called the Duomo it was built in 1,000 AD. There are two beautiful churches St John the Baptist that was built in the 14th century and the Church of St Francis. The exquisitely painted frescoes of St Francis were done by Guariento. These are just a mere taste of what the city has to offer in ancient structures.
Speaking of taste, have you ever sat at a bar and looked at all the bottles and wondered what some of them were. If you’ve even been to an Italian restaurant in the States you’ve probably seen a few examples bottled of what this city completely takes pride in, Grappa. This Italian liquor is named for this ancient town. Italians are not ones to waste and Grappa is made from the discards of wine making, like the seeds, stalks and stems. It is traditionally served as an after dinner drink, and if you’ve never tried it, what more perfect place than its namesake city.
Hopefully Bassano del Grappa has shown you a thing or two. After all, we’re never too old to learn a bit of history, and luckily we’re old enough to partake in this unique libation that was created and cultivated here.