"One up, one down" Marostica by iandsmith

Marostica Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 140 photos

A chosen destination

Here is a town where, if you can find the right view point, you can see the entire wall of the town. I have seen a picture to prove it but, try as I may, the vantage point escaped me.
It's a little bit unique inasmuch as the wall doesn't entirely go around a hill or confine itself to the river, it has a foot in both worlds.
When heading out from Vicenza I asked my B&B host about towns I should consider and Marostica was the first word he uttered. So I went there........................obviously!
The town was another stronghold of Ezzelino da Romano, whose fortress glowers down on the old centre from the crest of the hill of Pausolino. The Ezzelini controlled Marostica for quite a while - Ezzelino III was preceded by Ezzelino the Stutterer and Ezzelino the Monk (now there's a family for you!) - but it was another despotic dynasty, the Scaligers of Verona, who constructed the town walls and the Castello Inferiore (lower castle).
In front of the castle is Piazza Castello, the central square of the town, onto which is painted the board for the Partita a Scacchi , the town's principal claim to fame. The game's origin was an everyday chivalric story of rival suitors, the only unusual aspect being that the matter was decided with chess pieces rather than swords.
It is played on the second week in September in even years, with the following dates and hours:
friday - h. 21,00
saturday - h. 21,00
sunday - h. 17,00 and h. 21,00
The viewing platforms hold 4.000 people.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice old town with things of interest
  • Cons:Not a lot of it.
  • In a nutshell:Off the beaten tourist path but interesting.
  • Last visit to Marostica: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 28, 2005
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    only a pawn in the game

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    I've read about Marostica, but it's great to vicariously experience a first-hand encounter, especially from someone with wit and an "eye" for beauty and an intellect for history.

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 2:51 AM

    So what things did you do to be considered a potential terrorist? I hope you didn't take photos of the local post Office. That is a no-no. Pa

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2004 at 5:02 PM

    Many a rose is born to blush unseen and waste its beauty on the dessert air......' and yet others can become the pawn in a game of which they have little knowledge. What a great page Ian. I love the way you link the history with the present day.


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