Since you are staying here, you should start your excursion from the beautiful town of Asolo, also called “ the pearl of the Marca Trevigiana”. Villa Vega is only 300 meters away from the historic centre.
Its aspect nowadays dates from the Renaissance: an incomparable synthesis of culture, art, and landscapes.
Here used to reside the famous actress Eleonora Duse, the poet Robert Browning, the renowned compositor Malipiero and the English traveller Freja Stark, in whose garden the relics of a roman theatre were found.
In Asolo, you can’t miss visiting the Castle, residence of the Queen Cornaro, a historic image that was very important in the Venetian 1500’s. The castle established her court right here. Then you can’t avoid visiting the Cyclopean Rock, whose construction, according to some studies, dates back to the pre-Roman age.
Furthermore, you can admire the Cathedral (contains works of Lotto and Bassano), the convent of St. Luigi, il Civic Museum, the 14th century church of St. Catherine (which is full of frescos) and the Convent of S. Anna, with a suggestive cemetery on the hills. Interesting and very beautiful are also the building projected from Massari: Palazzo Fietta-Serena, the Palazzo Municipale, the Canonic House and, the Church of S.Gottardo (XIII century), located just out of the city wall, Ca' Zen (XVI century) with the “barchessa” and Villa Rubini - De Lord, also called “the Galero,” with a garden and balconies.
Wonderful also is the palace of Eleonora Duse, usually called Casa Longobarda (XVI century) and the central Piazza Maggiore, where you can admire a fountain fed by the Roman aqueduct, You’ll also have the chance to visit the cave where the aqueduct is and right outside there is the nice sight of the facade of Villa Pasini. Interesting are the several traces of frescos that used to lay on the facades of the historic centre’s buildings. For this reason, Asolo, as well as Treviso, is usually called “the painted city.”.
Also enchanting are the surroundings of Asolo, both because of its charming hills and the charming small centres such as Pagnano d'Asolo nd its very interesting "maglio" from the XV century. In addition, you will find the residence of Giuseppe Bernardi, called the “Torretto,” teacher of the famous sculptor Antonio Canova; the town of Monfumo, near the candid church of Castelcies, where there is the ancient oratory of St. Martino.
Some kilometres further away you have to visit Villa Barbaro in Maser, a delightful work of art by the popular architect Andrea Palladio, from 1560: Inside there are the famous frescos of Paolo Veronese while the museum of old carriages is linked to the back. Very interesting also is the small temple of the Villa, a genial re-invention of the classic Pantheon.
Going for about 15 kms toward Vicenza, you can visit the famous Alpini Bridge in the city of Bassano del Grappa, also a work of Andrea Palladio. Nine kilometres further, you can see the wonderful Chessboard Square in Marostica. Here in the first weekend of September, in even years, you can live through the unforgettable emotion of the "Chess Match" with live characters. It’s as though you are living a night in the 1400s, with armies, soldiers and flag wavers !