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Get a taste for the hill towns near Venice with this small-group tour of Veneto. Wander the charming medieval streets and gardens of Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, and visit the well-preserved Villa Barbaro, designed by the famous Renaissance architect Palladio. Savor Veneto cuisine at a local restaurant, and toast your trip with a bubbly glass of prosecco at a vineyard tasting. Numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.


  • Full-day trip from Venice to the Veneto hill towns by minivan
  • Small group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Delightful gardens and villas of Asolo
  • Guided tour and shopping in Bassano del Grappa
  • Visit Palladian Villa Barbaro
  • Optional lunch in a typical trattoria
  • Walking tour of Marostica
  • Sample prosecco at a Veneto vineyard
  • English-speaking driver/guide

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What You Can Expect

Veneto Small Group Day Tour from Venice: Medieval Hill-towns, Wine and Palladian Villa

Visit the hill town of Asolo!

Escape the crowds of Venice for a full day of sightseeing in the enchanting hill towns of Veneto. Meet your guide in central Venice in the morning, and hop aboard a comfortable minivan for the approximately 1-hour drive north. Stop in the village of Marostica for a stroll through the charming medieval streets and see the square where the town’s famous ‘living chess’ game is played. 

Continue on to Asolo, where you can wander around lovely gardens and historic villas in this town known as the ‘pearl of Veneto.’ At nearby Bassano del Grappa, take a guided tour and then enjoy leisure time to shop for local artisan goods. Perhaps even pick up a bottle of the potent grappa liqueur for which the town is known. 

In Maser, explore the historic grandeur of Villa Barbaro — a wonderfully preserved estate designed by renowned Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Stroll through well-manicured gardens and admire frescoes by Veronese that adorn the grand hallways and public rooms of the villa. 

When it’s time for lunch, savor delicious Veneto cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense). Opt to include regional wine pairings with your meal if you like. Finally, drive through rolling vineyards on the way to a prosecco winery, where you’ll raise a glass of the beloved sparkling wine and toast your day in the country.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016


Samantha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Absolutely loved this tour! It was one of the highlights of our entire trip! All of the towns we visited were beautiful and all had a unique charm. Marco our tour guide was so wonderful! He was very personable and made the tour so much fun! The lunch in Asolo was one of the best meals we had the entire time we were in Italy! And the prosecco winery was a fabulous way to end the day! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore the hill towns.

FloridaLea United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Took this tour with 3 other travelers. Our tour guide Justin was terrific - great driver, made recommendations based on what we were interested in and made this day, our last in Italy for this trip : very special. Especially enjoyed the walks through Basano del Grappa and Asolo. Our lunch in Asolo on the upper deck of a Guide Michelin rated restaurant, with spectacular views of the valley below, was very special. The Prosecco tasting was also a highlight. At The Palladian villa was surprised to learn how highly decorated the interior walls were. It was a special experience for an art history buff like myself. I've seen Palladio's work in churches and large government buildings but not much of his early residential design. A rare opportunity to see a home like this. This tour was a real highlight of our 2 weeks in Italy - highly recommend it and Justin.

Nikki B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour! ... saw amazing small towns and beautiful countryside plus, so much more!

Our guide Giovanni was excellent ... very knowledgable and fun! Highly recommend this tour!

Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour! Our guide Marco was great. He was very knowledgable about all of the places we visited. The fact that this was a group of eight in a van made the experience much more enjoyable. All of the towns we visited were amazing. The tour was everything we expected. Having a great guide like Marco made it all the better!

lutib Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic tour with a great guide Marco. Well worth doing. Some magical places seen and some great food, grappa,wine and proseco tasted
Ensure you have the correct times that the Motoscafi depart as the time varies from Rialto to San Marco

Tanya J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really good value for money!!! Fabulous knowledgeable guide in Daniel - knew so much history! So many stunning beautiful views and fantastic wine tasting - highly recommended!!

Scott W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a very enjoyable and informative day. Our guide Justin was excellent. He made it a great experience and was very good at answering questions. I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent trip with a personable, knowledgeable and friendly guide/driver. Good to escape the bustle of Venice and visit an authentic restaurant for lunch. Prosecco vineyard setting was simply stunning!

Aina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a wonderful day, and a great break from fighting through the tourist masses in Venice! We visited Marostica, Bossino my favourite and had lunch in Asolo at own expense, then stopped at a villa in Maser with amazing frescoes. All three towns are absolutely charming, and so worth a visit. This tour is a great way to access these places, as it's not easy to get here without a car. Definitely recommended - one of my favourite days in Italy!

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