Place of Interest
The pearl of Treviso
Because of its scenic location in the hills north of Treviso, Asolo is often referred to as the “Pearl of Treviso” or the “city of a hundred horizons”. Visible from afar, the ruins of the Rocca castle are perched above the picturesque hill town. Many artists, writers, actors and heads of state took advantage of the small town and still use it as a source of inspiration and relaxation. This is not surprising as there are plenty of historic villas and country estates within the city. From the Venetian-Cypriot Queen Catherine Cornaro to the English romantic Robert Browning and the actress Eleonora Duse, many famous people have called a house in Asolo their own. The picturesque little town with its picturesque cobbled streets, scented gardens and beautiful mountain scenery is still very much a paradise for romantics today.
But Asolo is much more than just a romantic gem in the mountains. As an important wine centre in Treviso, quality wines of the region from Prosecco to Merlot are pressed here.
Attractions in Asolo
While the pretty little town of Asolo offers its visitors only a few outstanding tourist attractions, there are many romantic and interesting places. The Piazza Maggiore with its beautiful Renaissance fountain, the Via Roberto Browning with long arcades and wall frescoes from the 15th century and the Palazzo della Ragione with the City Museum are well worth seeing as is the castle of Caterina Cornaro (now the Eleonoar Duse Theatre) and the Castello Rocca from the 12th century. In the cathedral of Santa Maria di Breda, which is built on the foundations of a Roman bath complex, there is a masterpiece by Lorenzo Lotto: the altarpiece “The apparition of the Virgin.”
The Casa Duse, the house of the actress Eleonora Duse, is located in the northwestern part of the town. The famous actress was buried at the cemetery of the upper district of Sant’Anna, where the writer Freya Stark was also laid to rest. Also noteworthy are the many magnificent villas on the way there.