Bassano del Grappa is perhaps best known for the distilled liquor that bears the town’s name, and its historic Ponte degli Alpini, a wooden bridge that spans the Brenta River, first designed and built by Andrea Palladio in the Sixteenth Century.
A lively town in the northern Veneto, Bassano is not exactly undiscovered, but if you’re looking for a comfortable, relaxed Italian experience largely untainted by mass tourism you may want to consider a visit.
Slightly over an hour by regional train from Venice Mestre station, Bassano del Grappa couldn’t be any easier to get to. It is also readily accessible from Padua, Treviso, and Vicenza. Public transportation is good and the connections frequent, making a car unnecessary.
One of the most interesting aspects of Bassano del Grappa is the great variety of shops, selling everything from grappa (of course) to salt cod.
|Matthew Daub is a professional artist and university professor with works in major public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He has been leading plein air painting workshops in Italy since 1994. |
In 1999, Matthew and his wife Barbara formed Arts Sojourn as “a vacation for artists and their friends.” The program is designed to appeal to artists of all levels as well as non-artists who enjoy the company of creative people in a slow travel format.
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