Discover the heart of Bassano del Grappa: Day Trips

Written by owenzajac June 13, 2024

Nestled in the foothills of the Venetian Prealps, Bassano del Grappa is a charming town in the Veneto region of Italy. Bassano del Grappa roughly translates to “base of Mount Grappa.” The old town is located roughly thirty minutes away from the CIMBA campus by bus. The CIMBA program offers multiple dates throughout the summer to visit Bassano by night. Renowned for its historic architecture, beautiful landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, Bassano del Grappa offers multiple unique experiences that cater to all interests.

Historical Highlights

A visit to Bassano del Grappa is incomplete without crossing the iconic Ponte degli Alpini (Ponte Vecchio Bridge). Designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century, this wooden bridge spans the Brenta River and offers picturesque views of the town and surrounding mountains. The bridge is a symbol of the town’s resilience through multiple wars that have occupied the Vicenza province of Italy. The bridge has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history, most recently during World War II in 1945. The bridge was declared a national monument in 2019.
Students should explore the town’s medieval charm by visiting Piazza Libertà and Piazza Garibaldi, where you can admire the unique architecture of historic buildings such as the Palazzo del Municipio and the Church of San Francesco.

Views of the City

Bassano del Grappa has breathtaking views of Monte Grappa Mountain, which stands at 1,775 meters tall. Another great outdoor area to explore is the nearby Brenta River. The river is perfect for a leisurely walk or bike ride along its banks, where you can enjoy the serene landscape and golden sunsets. As stated earlier, the Ponte degli Alpini bridge is a must-see, as it crosses the wide Brenta River, offering two different but equally stunning views of the river’s flow.  

A Taste of Bassano

Bassano del Grappa is famous for its grappa, a unique Italian spirit made from grape pomace. If you would like to learn about grappa, you could visit the Poli Grappa Museum to learn the spirit’s history and production process of this local specialty. After the tour, enjoy a tasting session to sample various types of grappa.
The town’s culinary scene is a blend of Venetian and local specialty flavors. Don’t miss the chance to try traditional dishes such as baccalà alla vicentina (fish dish), bigoli(thick style of pasta), and fresh asparagus from the nearby fields.
For wine lovers, the Prosecco Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is within easy reach. Here, you can tour vineyards, sample the finest Prosecco, and enjoy the rolling landscapes dotted with charming villages. This region of Italy is considered the “Prosecco capital of the world,” known for its renowned flavors and perfect climate to grow and age this variant of white wine. If Prosecco isn’t your cup of tea, consider pairing your meal with a glass of local wine, such as the rich red Marzemino or the crisp white Vespaiolo, or even some grappa.
For dessert, there are several gelato places nearby. I tested my luck at Gelateria Fratelli, enjoying a delicious, salted caramel gelato with friends before heading back to campus.
Whatever your flavor palette is, there is something unique for everyone to try while they spend a few hours exploring Bassano del Grappa.

Cultural Experiences

Art lovers will appreciate a visit to the Galleria Civica, which hosts contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events. The town is also known for its ceramics, and you can explore this craft at the Museo della Ceramica, where beautifully crafted pieces tell the story of Bassano’s artistic heritage. If you have some time, consider taking a class molding clay into your choice of pottery.
The Museo Civico, housed in a former convent, showcases a collection of local art and artifacts, providing insight to explore the region’s rich history. It’s been a museum since 1828 and holds pieces of art from the Venetian Renaissance, as well as sculptures from Antonio Canova, one of the most revered sculptors of all time.


Bassano del Grappa, with its blend of historic charm, natural beauty, and rich cultural experiences, offers something for every traveler. I highly recommend signing up through CIMBA for the “Bassano by Night” trip to explore a vibrant town close to campus. Whether you’re exploring medieval streets, walking scenic routes, or indulging in local culinary specialties, your time in Bassano del Grappa will be filled with special moments that capture the essence of this enchanting Italian town. Spend some time discovering the many treasures of Bassano del Grappa that you can’t get anywhere else.