Basso – my Italian ancestry – Nonno Papa’s side
Ever wondered my nationality? Maybe… Well…..If you did….
The Basso Family were born and raised just outside the main township of Asolo which is situated North of Italy in the Province of Treviso.
Asolo was historically known as the “garden of Venice” and it is located to the North of Treviso on the Monte Grappa foothills, in the heart of an area with a wealth of history, culture and exceptional wine and food traditions.
Nearby, there are museums, Palladian villas, churches, medieval villages nestled in captivating countryside and vineyards and wineries where you can taste the most famous wines from the Veneto region, easily accessible from Treviso, Montebelluna and Bassano del Grappa.
It is known as “The Pearl of the province of Treviso, and also as “The City of a Hundred Horizons” for its mountain settings.
ZIP Code: 31011, Province: Treviso. Distance from the chief town (Treviso): 37 chilometri. Inhabitants: 9,128 (Istat 2016).
Asolo is one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the Veneto region, and certainly one of the most reminiscent in all of Italy.
The beautiful villas, well-maintained and skilfully-restored, the gardens, abundant with Mediterranean plants and flowers, the landscape, so spectacular in its natural setting, are the essence of Asolo’s magical atmosphere.
As you follow the winding little roads that lead up to the town centre, you can catch glimpses of countless villas and houses that were once home to poets, illustrious travellers, film stars and celebrities.
If you look up to the top of the hill, you can see the remains of the old defensive stronghold, which has awe-inspiring views.
When you get to the town square, you can take a seat in a café, stop somewhere to enjoy the unmissable Italian aperitif known as Spritz, or ask for a table in a traditional trattoria or restaurant.
After a relaxing bit of shopping in the many boutiques and craft stores in the town centre, everyone should pay a visit to the castle of Catherine Cornaro, the Queen of Cyprus who was exiled in Asolo in the 16th century. Art lovers should visit the municipal museum and the cathedral, where there is a famous altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto.
The Church of Sant’Anna is a magnificent building in a heavenly little corner near a cemetery where the famous actress Eleonora Duse and the British explorer Freya Stark are buried.
Asolo is and extraordinary historical town, of paleo-veneti origin which greatly developed in Roman times. It is mentioned by Plinius as one of the first fortified towns (oppidum) in the 10th region.
Its present aspect dates back to the Renaissance; an unequalled compendium of culture, art and landscape. Among its famous dwellers were Eleonora Duse, Browning, the musician Malipiero and the English traveller Freya Stark, in whose garden the remains of a Roman theatre were found.
By taking a tour along the “Prosecco Road”, which is a great way to dedicate an entire day to local traditions and visiting spellbinding places.
Tourists can taste the wines and outstanding traditional foods from the Treviso area, including some of the most famous Italian culinary delights.
There is something special to savour every season: asparagus in the spring, followed by cherries and strawberries as the weather gets warmer, then mushrooms in the autumn and red radicchio from Treviso in the winter.
Throughout the year, you can sample a range of excellent local cheeses and cold meats, such as Sopressa salami and Asiago, Morlacco and fresh ricotta cheese, which is madein traditional farmhouses on the slopes of Monte Grappa.
Make sure you try the legendary “porchetta trevisana”, which is a flavoursome, very tender type of slowly roasted pork.
The Veneto Region is famous all over the world for its wine, especially the excellent sparkling white wine Prosecco, which is mainly made near Asolo in the area between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano.Thanks to the rich qualities of the land, for some years now “Docg Asolo Prosecco” has also been made in the Asolo hills and its reputation for exceptional quality is continuing to grow across the globe. In addition, red wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are made in the area and small native species of vines such as Recantina are grown.
We recommend taking a tour along the “Prosecco Road”, which is a great way to dedicate an entire day to local traditions and visiting spellbinding places. Tourists can taste the wines and outstanding traditional foods from the Treviso area, including some of the most famous Italian culinary delights. There is something special to savour every season: asparagus in the spring, followed by cherries and strawberries as the weather gets warmer, then mushrooms in the autumn and red radicchio fromTreviso in the winter. Throughout the year, you can sample a range of excellent local cheeses and cold meats, such as Sopressa salami and Asiago, Morlacco and fresh ricotta cheese, which is madein traditional farmhouses on the slopes of Monte Grappa. Make sure you try the legendary “porchetta trevisana”, which is a flavoursome, very tender type of slowly roasted pork.
Andrea Palladio (1508 – 1580) was an Italian architect who worked in the Republic of Venice during the Renaissance. He was influenced by Greek and Roman architecture and he in turn is considered the most influential figure in the history of Western architecture. All of his buildings are in the North of Italy and two of the most significant ones are just a few minutes from Asolo:
Villa Barbaro in Maser and Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago. Tourists come from all over the world to visit these architectural masterpieces, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meanwhile, Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Villa La Rotonda and the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza are just an hour away by car.
Monte Grappa is a stunning mountain where history, nature and tradition are intertwined. It is just 30 minutes by car from the hill on which Asolo stands and you will be spellbound by the breathtaking views as you follow one of the narrow roads to the top of the mountain.
We recommend stopping on the way to have lunch in a “Malga”: a traditional mountain farmhouse where the owners servesimple local food such as cheese, cold meats and homemade pasta.
Monte Grappa is a historical First World War site. Once you get to the top, you can visit the monument dedicated to the soldiers who died during the war. If you are feeling adventurous, we recommend a guided tour on a quad bike.
You will be able to see some of Monte Grappa’s most beautiful views on these comfortable, easy-to-ride vehicles.
If you really want an adrenalin rush, take the chance to fly above the enchanting landscape on a paraglider or ahang glider.
In Asolo live 3852 people: 1886 are males and 1966 are females. There are 1725 singles, approx 50% either gender. Nearly half the population are married.
There are in Asolo 3587 people in school age.
Yes Mamma, you’re next… xxx
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