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Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini

This relativly small town, situated in the northern part of Italy, has a very rich hirtory started in palaeolitic period. Roman colonization brought civilization and later Christian religion. The name of the town derives from the Roman family Bassius, owner of the large "latifundium" (large landed property).
The town survived invasion by the Cimbri, a barbarian population of German origin, the Lombard invasion, the Ezzelini rule, the Venetian Republic rule, the Austrian rule and finally was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy during Risorgimento.
During the first world war the town changed its name from Bassano Veneto into Bassano del Grappa - the massif of Mount Grappa was the main stronghold of the Italian defensive front between the rivers Brenta and Piave.

View of the Ponte Vecchio

The right bank of the river Brenta, the part of the town where the local craftsmen shops are situated, as well as the famous Museo del Ponte degli Alpini (The Museum of the Bridge).

View of the Ponte Vecchio

The left bank of the river Brenta where the old core of the town is situated and the castle which dominates the place from the top of the hill.

  • Last visit to Bassano del Grappa: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2004
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