Maser...what do you know about this town? It lies just an hour's drive from Vicenza and is reachable within 30 minutes from Bassano del Grappa. It's a small commune that's most famous for Villa di Maser but there are also some other fantastic places to explore in the surrounding towns.The charming towns of Cornuda and Montebelluna are just a stone's throw away and offer up an interesting and diverse set of tourist attractions. Villa di Maser Let's begin with the big one. This 16th Century building was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Villa di Maser, also known as Villa Barbaro, was built by Andrea Palladio for the noble Venetian brothers Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro. The interior walls are beautifully adorned with frescoes by the painter Paolo Veronese. The straight lines and symmetrical Palladian structure are wonderfully balanced with the soft painterly walls inside the villa. There's a playful touch that appears throughout the home - with many of the paintings creating an illusion that someone is peeking through doors or the family pets are scurrying about. Currently, the Villa di Maser is also home to a working vineyard where you can sit down for a meal with a delicious glass of wine. Montebelluna A 15 minute drive from Maser will lead you to the small town of Montebelluna. It's quiet here, so visitors get a wonderful glance into typical Italian life that's just not on offer in bigger tourist destinations. Wander through the picturesque main square and take a look at the city's majestic Duomo. Cap off the walking tour with a stop at Mezanino Birramondai, a boutique brewery where you can sample some tasty local beers and sit back with some live music. Museo La Terra e l'Uomo The Museum of 'The Earth and the Man', in more
Maser…what do you know about this town? It lies just an hour’s drive from Vicenza and is reachable within 30 minutes from Bassano del Grappa. It’s a small commune that’s most famous for Villa di Maser but there are also some other fantastic places to explore in the surrounding towns.
Small, quaint, warm and captivating. Castelfranco Veneto is a little, walled city in the Veneto less than an hour's drive from Vicenza. With a historic city centre that's surrounded by high defensive walls, it's a lovely place to spend a few hours wandering around and soaking up a slice of local Italian life. Take the time to make a little pitstop at Castelfranco Veneto, we guarantee you won't be disappointed! Medieval Walls Take a walk back in time and venture around the historic walls of this town. The fortress that surrounds the main part of the city is actually quite small, made up of just a few streets. These medieval walls are typical of areas in the Veneto and date all the way back to the Middle Ages - and the ones protecting Castelfranco Veneto have been extremely well preserved. The Duomo Naturally, at the heart of Castelfranco Veneto's historic centre lies the town's cathedral. The Duomo is both a simultaneously delicate and strong structure, which sits beautifully behind the town hall. Dating all the way back to the 18th century, the church is must visit for history and architecture lovers. The most famous attraction at the Duomo has got to be the altarpiece by famous Renaissance artist Giorgione. Affectionately known as "Big George", his renowned artworks made him the golden boy of Castelfranco Veneto. Head on down to the piazza and you'll even find a statue built in his honour overlooking the square. Teatro Accademico Just opposite the Duomo is another Castelfranco Veneto building that will take your breath away. The Teatro Accademico is a small theatre that was built during the age of Enlightenment. Originally, the space hosted scientific and philosophical debates back in the day but is now a great place to watch a play or listen to a music
Small, quaint, warm and captivating. Castelfranco Veneto is a little, walled city in the Veneto less than an hour’s drive from Vicenza. With a historic city centre that’s surrounded by high defensive walls, it’s a lovely place to spend a few hours wandering around and soaking up a slice of local Italian life. Take the time to make a little pitstop at Castelfranco Veneto, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!