In the town of Asolo, the pleasant microclimate of the Mediterranean that characterizes the nearby Monte Ricco gives Asolo its characteristic olive and cypress trees.
Along the “forests”, as locals call the streets that rise up through the hills, you can reach the historical centre of Asolo, which you can enter through Piazza Garibaldi or Piazza Maggiore, with a 16th century fountain. Descending the staircase you reach the Duomo (Cathedral), built on the foundation of a Roman spa. The interior of the Duomo features noteworthy artworks including an Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Lorenzo Lotto (1506) as well as another work depicting the Virgin done by Jacopo Bassano. In the piazza, at the intersection with Via Regina Cornaro, there is the Loggia del Capitano, headquarters of the Asolo community, built between the 15th and 16th centuries.
The structure known as the Rocca is an impressive structure, which features the hull of an immense ship. One a fortification in the late-Imperial era, the fortress was reconstructed in its current form by the Ezzelini family in 1100. There have also been reconstructions in recent years to restore the historic path of the area, which features an enchanting view as far as the eyes can see of the landscape that surrounds the town.
Info: Municipality of Asolo Comune di Asolo
Photo: Frontiere / Sabrina Fantini