Travel Diaries 026: A Quick Visit to Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Europe, Travel, Bramble and ThornThe Veneto region in Northern Italy hosts some of Italy's most popular locations (such as Venice, Verona and Padua), but there is so much more to discover in this area. Case in point: Bassano del Grappa. I stopped here by chance for a couple of hours on my journey from Combai to Marone, and as soon as I stepped out of the car I knew I needed more than a few hours to explore this beautiful town.

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With no particular destination in mind, I wandered through the exquisite town square that was dotted with cafe's and a grand, old church (Sunday mass was taking place, so I didn't take a look inside). From there, the cobbled streets wound through quaint buildings that were hundreds of years old. Shops were selling everything from locally made ceramics to mushrooms; this was not a place where you could purchase mass-produced keyrings with an Italian flag on them.

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The path gradually sloped down and I got my first glimpse of the Ponte degli Alpini, a wooden pontoon bridge that dates back to the 1500's. It was long and wide and allowed uninterrupted of the spectacular river Brenta. Along the side of the river were many beautiful houses and restaurants, with the mountains peeking out in the distance. Truly, it was one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen.

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With lunch in Sirmione beckoning, I didn't get a chance to explore Bassano del Grappa to its full extent, nor did I get a chance to try a glass of grappa while I was there - in hindsight it seems a shame, although truth be told I can't stand the stuff. I did, however, have a cappuccino and a sfogliatelle in a gorgeous cafe outside next to the old church. I truly felt like I was experiencing a moment in Italy that many chase yet never find: perfect weather, delicious coffee and food, overlooking a historic town square with old Italian men and women leaving Sunday mass in their finest clothes, not the faintest hint of English being spoken anywhere. It was a perfect moment and I can't wait to get back to Bassano del Grappa one day to take in more of the sights.

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