Italy - Venice & The Veneto
The medieval town of Vicenza is our starting point for this varied Walk through the celebrated Veneto region of Italy.
The opulence of the Venetian empire is contrasted with the trenches and tunnels of the First World War as we journey across alpine meadows, and through mountain villages and woods. We take a private boat tour of Venice, visit two of Palladio's magnificent villas and explore old Marostica, still surrounded by its ancient walls.
In the mountain resort of Asiago we taste the famous cheese; in Bassano we sample grappa at the Nardini distillery and cross the wooden Palladian bridge, Ponte degli Alpini.
7 days, 6 nights
Walk Rating: Moderate. Mountain and forest trails, paved walks in Vicenza and Venice. 7-10 miles per day.
US$4295.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Asiago with arrival at Vicenza Rail Station and ends in Venice.
We rendezvous in glorious Vicenza. We have time to wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere, the architecture and above all, to visit Palladio’s stunning Teatro Olimpico. We continue to the Villa Capra, perhaps better known as La Rotonda, for a brief visit. We drive to Asiago, a favourite summer resort of the Milanese and Venetians, for our Welcome Drink and Dinner.
This morning we transfer to Monte Cengio, scene of a very important First World War engagement, the Battle of Asiago, and walk through woods and open countryside to Fort Corbin, an impressive WWI fortification built on top of a cliff. We learn the story of the fort and battle before walking to our lunch in a nearby village. We continue on to the fascinating mountain village of Tresche Conca in the foothills of the Dolomites and then return to Asiago for dinner in a local pizzeria.
Our morning walk starts in Croce Sant’Antonio and meanders on a gentle uphill track, through woods of spruce and larch, with panoramic views. We continue walking to the top of the hill where we can see numerous trenches and bomb shelters of the 1st World War. We lunch on local products at a farm where the famous Asiago cheese is made. The afternoon walk is again dominated by views over Asiago as we walk down from the plateau to our hotel.
An easy walk from the village of San Luca down to a trail overlooking the valley, and on to the charming medieval town of Marostica, surrounded by the ancient walls of its castles and by the many streams that cascade down the hillside. The town is, perhaps, best known for its living chessboard in the main square. After lunch in a traditional osteria, we transfer to Bassano Del Grappa and walk the ancient streets to see the cathedral, upper castle and famous wooden bridge, designed by Palladio. We visit the Nardini Distillery to learn about – and taste – the renowned grappa. We drive to Asolo, one of the loveliest little towns in Italy, much admired by Robert Browning and known as the “City of a Hundred Horizons”. Dinner and overnight.
We visit Palladio's Villa Barbaro before lunch in a local trattoria. In the afternoon, we drive to the magnificent Villa Pisani. After a short visit, we board our private launch for a cruise across the lagoon to the very heart of the city of Venice, an unforgettable arrival in La Serenissima. Dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we take a walking tour of the city with a fascinating local guide; we wander the old alleyways and stroll along the quays - Schiavoni, Ca di Dio, S. Biagio, Sette Martiri - and board our private launch to Burano, an island in the archipelago, famous for its lace-making, and lunch in a local trattoria. Our launch returns us to the city and our Farewell Dinner.
The Wayfarers see you safely on your way. However, you may wish to extend your stay in Venice.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Hotel Europa Residence - Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Corso IV Novembre, 65/67
36012 Asiago (VI)
T: +39 0424 462659
F: +39 0424 460796
Situated in the center of Asiago in the middle of the no-traffic area and facing the "G.B. Pertile square", Hotel Europa is one of the most renowned traditional alpine hotels of the region. Every room is equipped with a small fridge, satellite TV, radio, safe, telephone, Internet connection, hair-dryer and shower box with whirlpool tub. The hotel's wellness center features sauna, Turkish bath and aromatherapy treatments. Hotel Europa's lovely restaurant boasts dining al fresco in the summer and creatively prepared local cuisine.
Albergo al Sole - Wednesday
Via Collegio 33
31011 Asolo (TV)
T: +39 0423-951-33
F: +39 0423-951-007
The Albergo al Sole is a historic landmark on the main square in Asolo and its full restoration was completed 1996. The hotel facilities include "Technogym" fitness room, massage, room service, laundry services, and wireless broadband internet access in all the hotel's common areas.
The hotel's 23 rooms have en-suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi showers or antique style bath-tubs, air conditioning, flat screen LCD television, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, telephone and modem direct lines. Perched on a hilltop, the “La Terrazza" (The Terrace) Bar and Restaurant offers a unique view of the bustling activity of the town of Asolo.
Hotel Londra Palace - Thursday & Friday
Hotel Londra Palace
Riva degli Schiavoni
Castello 4171 - 30122
Hotel Londra Palace is a fascinating and historic hotel dating back to 1853. It is situated on the Riva degli Schiavoni, just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, Ponte dei Sospiri and other famous spots. Water taxis and public boats are available right outside the hotel's front door.
The hotel offers elegantly decorated rooms complemented by the comfort and technology of modern life. Bedroom facilities include ensuite marble bathroom, slippers, bathrobes, hairdryer, laundry service, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, phone, satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet connection.
One of the hotel’s most famous guests was the Russian composer Petr Il’lc Tchaikovsky who stayed there in December 1877. In room 106 he composed the first three movements of Symphony No. 4, originally entitled ‘Do Leoni’. The appropriately named Do Leoni restaurant combines the traditions of classic Venetian fare with more elaborate dishes and this complements the elegant atmosphere and lovely setting of the restaurant.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After:
- Take time to visit two other gems of the Veneto, Padua and Verona, both rich in history, art and architecture, and easily accessible by train.
- And, of course, who could fail to find more, much more to see in La Serenissima?
High temperatures in July usually range from 75º to 85º F. High temperatures in September usually range from 65º to 75º F. You may need a sweater in the evenings. Rainfall is unpredictable but occurs all year round and can be heavy. You will need to bring clothing to accommodate all situations.
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