The Hill Towns of the Veneto Region
By Viator, September 2015
Some of the Veneto hill towns have train stations, which means you can visit them on your own, or you can book a guided tour that takes in several of these towns in one day trip from Venice. If you choose to drive through the Veneto countryside, just don’t try to drive from Venice. Rent a car from a destination a bit further away from Venice and you’ll deal with fewer traffic hassles (and probably pay less, too).
Take a day trip to Veneto hill towns
Here are some of the hill towns in the Veneto region that you should consider visiting.
Asolo is perhaps the quintessential hill town. So little of it actually sits on top of the hill that most of the parking areas are down below and you’ll need to walk up. Above the small town center is a castle ruin, and other sights include parts of a Roman amphithether and viaduct.
Most of the time, the town of Marostica is a pretty small town with a long stretch of intact city walls. But every two years, the town comes alive with a living chess match that’s been played here since the late 1940s. The setting is medieval – including the costumes – and the spectacle draws people from all over the world.
Bassano del Grappa
It’s hard to call Bassano del Grappa a hill town, sitting as it does on a river in between other hills, but its identity is so closely tied to the nearby Monte Grappa (and it’s such a pretty town) that it’s worth including anyway. Don’t miss the wooden bridge, designed by the famous architect Palladio, that crosses the river.
Soave is primarily known for the dry white wine of the same name that comes from the area, but there’s also a fantastic castle that overlooks the town of Soave from a hillside. There are other churches and historic palazzi worth visiting, too.
It’s cheating a bit to include Cortina d’Ampezzo on this list, since it’s really a ski resort town – but it is, indeed, high up in the hills. A visit here is particularly interesting for the German influence in everything from the cuisine to the architecture. You may feel like you’ve left Italy for a bit.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes