Hills Towns programme
Departure from Venice Piazzale Roma at 09:00
Arriving in Marostica at 10.30 about 30 minutes free time
Travelling at a relaxed pace, along scenic back-roads, with plenty of time to enjoy each destination, it will feel as if our Hill Towns of Veneto Day Tour was designed just for you.
Visit Medieval Marostica, with its imposing fortified castle and giant chess-board permanently laid-out in the town square, where the famous living game of chess is played every two years.
The game revolves around a legend dating from the 15th century when the fate of one young lady was decided on the outcome of a game of chess.
While at Marostica enjoy some free time to walk around this lovely small town .
Leaving from Marostica at 11.00 arriving at approximately 11:30 Bassano
sightseeing and tasting Grappa, free.
Departure at 13.00
We'll then visit the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa, featuring a magnificent Palladian bridge crossing the mighty Brenta river.
Enjoy a tour around its narrow streets, pacious squares and at spectacular view point’s benefit from the superb views over the surrounding hills and mountains.
Here you'll also have the chance to sample some of the local firewater "Grappa" (Optional).
Bassano is also a shopper’s paradise: famous for its ceramics produced in town, porcini mushrooms and other local delicacies, you can take the opportunity to do some shopping during your free time .
Arrival in Asolo free lunch at 13:30 and departure at 15.00
The last of three hill towns we visit is enchanting and elegant Asolo, the pearl of Veneto, perched on lush-green hills.
Along with its delightful gardens, palatial villas, beautiful renaissance palaces, the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside have inspired poets and writers over the centuries, the likes of Robert Browning and Freya Stark.
A true Jewel town, with a lovely castle and an imposing Fortress, you'll fall in love with the peaceful atmosphere of this town, one among the "most beautiful borghi" of Italy.
After lunch in a typical trattoria (optional), we'll continue our day ....
Arrival at 15.15 to the villa, our and departure at 15:45
http://www.villadimaser.it/en Villa Barbaro di Maser (Palladio)
Visiting a Palladian Villa.
During the tour we'll visit Villa Barbaro (Tue and Sun) and Villa Emo (Fri), both splendid examples of Palladian Renaissance country Villas.
After an introduction to the Villa and Palladio, you'll be visiting the interior.
Arriving in Valdobbiadene 16.30 and tasting of Prosecco, which is included in price, starting at 17:00 Arrival in Venice around 18:30.