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Often overlooked by the casual traveler, Italy’s “other” famous hill towns offer unique treasures all their own. Little faschinating tows full of history at the foothills of the Dolomites



Departures available form Treviso or Venice



– Marostica,  little medieval town whose medival fortifications are almost intact. All along the lenght of the walls are towers placed at regular intervals, Marostica is not a big town and it is centered around a large square called Piazza Castello, famous for the chess board painted on its pavement.  According to the legend, in 1454, Rinaldo da Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara played an important live game of chess in Marostica on a huge chessboard, specially painted in Piazza Castello, to win the hand of Lionora, the daughter of the lord of the castle, Taddeo Parisio.
Since 1954 this challenge has been re-enacted every two years and has turned into a real town festival, with traditional 15th century costumes.

Bassano del Grappa, crossed by the river Brent, is one of the most densely-populated and well-developed town in Veneto. As well as fast-growing industrial economy and a lively cultural activity, Bassano has a fine gastronomic tradition. Its tipical products are the asparagues and grappa.
All the town is full of buildings of fine taste, enriched with prescious ornamentation.
In the central Monte Vecchio square are the impressive Palazzo del monte di pieta’ and the Casa Dal Corno Bonato, the facade of which was frescoed by Jacopo da Ponte, known as il Bassano ; a few steps away, in Piazza della Liberta’, is the neoclassical church of San Giovanni built in the 1300s by the architect Giovanni Miazzi. The 15th century Loggia del Comune is also lovely. The pearl of Bassano is, however, its wooden bridge, designed by Palladio in this material as its flexibility would resist the raging Brenta river. It was damaged both by the river and by bombings, but it was always restored following the ideas of Palladio. The last restoration was in the second postwar period and it was due to the Alpine troops.

Asolo, old walled hill town known as the town of ‘One Hundred Horizons’, Asolo is one of the most enchanting spots in Italy and the jewel of the Veneto region. Its great location and wonderful climate made Asolo a population centre right from prehistoric times and later a principal settlement for the Veneto people.It has been the beloved retreat for the poet Robert Browning and explorer Freya Stark.

– Villa Barbaro, completed in 1565, also known as the Villa di Maser, designed and built by Andrea Palladio, with frescos by Paolo Veronese and sculptures by Alessandro Vittoria for Danile Barbaro, Patriarch of Aquileia and ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I of England. The villa was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1996.

19 Responses to “HIDDEN TREASURES”

  1. Mary DiGerolamo ha detto:

    4 of us (2 couples) will be in Venice from April 8, 2010 thru April 14,2010.

    What is your fee for this tour? What days is this available?


  2. marta ha detto:

    Dear Mary, thanks for contacting us. Being a private tour, it will be available any day you wish, except on Monday when the Villa Barbaro in Maser is closed.
    I will back to you soon on your e-mail address with the quote.
    Grazie, Marta

  3. Doug Weller ha detto:

    Same question, only we are just one couple and will be in Venice in March.

  4. marta ha detto:

    Dear Doug, thanks for your message. How can I help you?

  5. Sarah Flynn ha detto:

    I am interested in your hidden treasure tour. There would be two of us and we were thinking of the 16th of March. We are staying in Venice. could you give me a price for this tour?

    Thank you.

    Sarah Flynn

  6. marta ha detto:

    Dear Sarah, thanks for contacting us. Please check your e-mail address for more information and a quote.Grazie

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  10. Jerry Gold ha detto:

    please send me a quote for two people for the Hidden Treasures tours for 15 May 2010 from Venice.

    Molto Grazie!

  11. marta ha detto:

    Hi Jerry, please check your e-mail for a quote. grazie

  12. gambling ha detto:

    A relative recommended that I take a look at your site. I’m glad that I’m here.

  13. Sheree Hanson ha detto:

    My son and I will be staying in Treviso. We are interested in the hidden treasures tour. We are flexible with our dates June 7-11, 2010 and would like to join another small party or couple on the tour to reduce the cost. Please respond back with the available dates and cost. Thank you and best regards, Sheree Hanson

  14. marta ha detto:

    Ciao Sheree, please check your e-mail for an answer 😉

  15. eleonora ha detto:

    Hi Marta, we are 7 arriving in Venice on October 17th. We would like a transfer to Vicenza but would it be possible to visit Padova en route and what would the cost be?

  16. marta ha detto:

    Ciao Eleonora, thanks for contacting us. Please check your e-mail for the answer..grazie

  17. Rene' Hanson ha detto:

    Marta, there will be 4 of us staying in Venice next August. I was wondering if I could get a quote for the “Hidden Treasures” and “The Dolomites”. Thank you for your time!

  18. LeeAnn ha detto:

    Hi! I will be in Venice from May 23-30, 2011, with my daughter and her best friend (high school graduation trip!). Can you send trip details and pricing to me for the Hidden Treasures and Prosecco trips? Thank you so much!

  19. Mary DiGerolamo ha detto:

    We have taken this excursion with Treviso. I can highly recommend it. The Tour is excellent. The towns are beautiful.

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