Asolo was historically known as the “garden of Venice” and it is located to the North of Treviso on the Monte Grappa foothills, in the heart of an area with a wealth of history, culture and exceptional wine and food traditions. Nearby, there are museums, Palladian villas, churches, medieval villages nestled in captivating countryside and vineyards and wineries where you can taste the most famous wines from the Veneto region. The Hotel is partner of the local Asolo Golf Club, easily accessible from Treviso, Montebelluna and Bassano del Grappa.
Asolo is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. It is internationally famous as the “town with a hundred horizons” thanks to its unique hilltop location. As you follow the winding little roads that lead up to the town centre, you can catch glimpses of countless villas and houses that were once home to poets, illustrious travellers, film stars and celebrities. If you look up to the top of the hill, you can see the remains of the old defensive stronghold, which has awe-inspiring views. When you get to the town square, you can take a seat in a café, stop somewhere to enjoy the unmissable Italian aperitif known as Spritz, or ask for a table in a traditional trattoria or restaurant.
After a relaxing bit of shopping in the many boutiques and craft stores in the town centre, everyone should pay a visit to the castle of Catherine Cornaro, the Queen of Cyprus who was exiled in Asolo in the 16th century. Art lovers should visit the municipal museum and the cathedral, where there is a famous altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto. The Church of Sant’Anna is a magnificent building in a heavenly little corner near a cemetery where the famous actress Eleonora Duse and the British explorer Freya Stark are buried.
The Veneto Region is famous all over the world for its wine, especially the excellent sparkling white wine Prosecco, which is mainly made near Asolo in the area between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano.Thanks to the rich qualities of the land, for some years now “Docg Asolo Prosecco” has also been made in the Asolo hills and its reputation for exceptional quality is continuing to grow across the globe. In addition, red wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are made in the area and small native species of vines such as Recantina are grown.
We recommend taking a tour along the “Prosecco Road”, which is a great way to dedicate an entire day to local traditions and visiting spellbinding places. Tourists can taste the wines and outstanding traditional foods from the Treviso area, including some of the most famous Italian culinary delights. There is something special to savour every season: asparagus in the spring, followed by cherries and strawberries as the weather gets warmer, then mushrooms in the autumn and red radicchio fromTreviso in the winter. Throughout the year, you can sample a range of excellent local cheeses and cold meats, such as Sopressa salami and Asiago, Morlacco and fresh ricotta cheese, which is madein traditional farmhouses on the slopes of Monte Grappa. Make sure you try the legendary “porchetta trevisana”, which is a flavoursome, very tender type of slowly roasted pork.
Andrea Palladio (1508 - 1580) was an Italian architect who worked in the Republic of Venice during the Renaissance. He was influenced by Greek and Roman architecture and he in turn is considered the most influential figure in the history of Western architecture. All of his buildings are in the North of Italy and two of the most significant ones are just a few minutes from Asolo:
Villa Barbaro in Maser and Villa Emo in Fanzolo di Vedelago. Tourists come from all over the world to visit these architectural masterpieces, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meanwhile, Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Villa La Rotonda and the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza are just an hour away by car. Furthermore, Asolo is only 8 km from Possagno, which was the birthplace of the legendary sculptor Antonio Canova. It is famous for the temple that the sculptor designed and had built, which now serves as the town’s church.We recommend visiting the Canova Museum, which was built in 1836 and contains almost all of the original models of his sculptures. Nearby, you can also visit the Brion Cemetery by the architect Carlo Scarpa.
Monte Grappa is a stunning mountain where history, nature and tradition are intertwined. It is just 30 minutes by car from the hill on which Asolo stands and you will be spellbound by the breathtaking views as you follow one of the narrow roads to the top of the mountain. We recommend stopping on the way to have lunch in a “Malga”: a traditional mountain farmhouse where the owners servesimple local food such as cheese, cold meats and homemade pasta.
Monte Grappa is a historical First World War site. Once you get to the top, you can visit the monument dedicated to the soldiers who died during the war. If you are feeling adventurous, we recommend a guided tour on a quad bike. You will be able to see some of Monte Grappa’s most beautiful views on these comfortable, easy-to-ride vehicles.
If you really want an adrenalin rush, take the chance to fly above the enchanting landscape on a paraglider or ahang glider.
The Albergo Al Sole is an official partner of ASOLO GOLF CLUB, which lies in the midst of a highly picturesque, naturally verdant landscape in Cavaso del Tomba, just 7 km from Asolo. It has 27 holes and it was built and opened by the Benetton family in 1995. There is a clubhouse with a conference room, a spa, tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches, a children’s play area and a marvellous swimming pool that is open to guests from our hotel in the summer months.
There are also a number of other golf courses nearby, all of which have 18 holes: Ca’ Amata in Castelfranco Veneto, Ca’ della Nave in Martellago, Golf Jesolo and Golf Club Asiago.