At Locanda degli Ulivi, in Arcugnano (in the district of Vicenza) besides allowing visitors to enjoy a restoring vacation there is a good chance to visit the place where the Piave whispers and there are the living chess figures.
Bassano Del Grappa and its famous bridge
When staying at Locanda degli Ulivi in Arcugnano (in the district of Vicenza) you have a good chance to visit Bassano Del Grappa (VI), a very famous town of Veneto.
The many important findings all over the area of Bassano Del Grappa testify the presence of settlements of Roman origin, which reach back the 2nd century B.C., while the discoveries about the Lombard times are quite scarce.
Bassano Del Grappa, pearl of Veneto, near the Locanda degli Ulivi, in Arcugnano throughout the 13th century had been subdued to Vicenza, then to Parma and Verona, and towards the end of the 14th century, the Visconti family took over. At the beginning of the 15th century, Bassano Del Grappa belonged to the Venetian Republic. In April 1815, it became a part of the Lombard Venetian Realm, thus it was a main participant in World War I.
Therefore, Bassano Del Grappa, which is located within the district of Vicenza as well as the Locanda degli Ulivi, had a harsh past, made up of light and shadow, which, however, has left important and valuable testimonies, such as the Castle of the Ezzelini, and one of its most important symbols, the famous Bassano Bridge, which has a true patriotic relevance.
Another precious testimony is a number of villas, such as Villa Angarano Bianchi Michiel, designed during the second half of the 16th century by Andrea Palladio, and Villa Rezzonico Borella, built between the 17th and the 18th centuries, inside which you can find many canvases by famous painters such as Abbondio Stanzion and Antonio Canova. Not to forget the fifteenth-century Villa Ca’ Erizzo Luca, in which stayed personalities like Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and John Howard Lawson.
Among the several examples of religious architecture, the Duomo and the Church of St. Francis stand out. Visitors must not miss the chance then to visit the ossuary, where the fallen of the Great War lie.
Marostica, the city of the living chess
At the foot of the lovely Plateau of Asiago, the majestic Marostica is in the district of Vicenza. A tour to Locanda degli Ulivi in Arcugnano (district of Vicenza) will give you some real feelings after the sight of this stunning hamlet. Marostica is worldwide famous due to its traditional living chess game, which annually takes place in Piazza del Castello.
Marostica with a glorious past linked to the noble Ezzelinis’ lineage, and having been ruled for over four-hundred years by Venice, today is a picturesque place, particularly rich of many attractions such as its imposing military architecture, well represented by its castles and fortified walls. Of particular value is the Palace of the Doglione and the Church of St. Maria Assunta, a religious building that dates back far before the 8th century and is a representative example of the Baroque.
If you stay at the Locanda degli Ulivi in Arcugnano, you must not miss visiting Marostica: you will keep it in your heart.