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Asolo Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 64 photos

Asolo: A Magical Medieval Town

Asolo is located in the foothills of the Dolomites northwest of Venice.

On the hillside above the town, the occo (fortress) dominates. This is a tiny, walled town with quaint streets which are lined with elegant shops; there are abundant gardens, castle ruins, an ancient cathedral, old workshops, numerous antique markets (antique dealers come to Asolo the second weekend of every month except July and August), the old "Tessoria Asolan" where precious silk fabrics are produced with ancient looms, a famous old embroidery school, and Fontana Maggiore (Grand Fountain).

Famous people have been drawn to Asolo because of its climate, location, and beauty. Robert Browning, the poet, is perhaps the most famous person who built a house and lived here. He also wrote the famed "Asolando" book of poems.

This is a serene place where the architecture of porticos, Gothic arcades, mullioned and trefoiled windows, lovely balconies, and old buildings and houses with facades decorated with frescos all add to its magic.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small, beautiful, appears "untouched", historical, elegant
  • Cons:Only one: Fortress only open on weekends and holidays
  • In a nutshell:A small, medieval town of "untouched" beauty!
  • Last visit to Asolo: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    The place looks absolutely enchanting. You always do such a super job in writing such detailed tips. Excellent page.

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Another gem that you've uncovered!Quaint little spot with good food, beautiful scenery, fine architecture, and no crowds; what more could one want?

  • Aug 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    What personable tips. 2,200 steps is really something Your very positive, even when things go wrong. Looks like a darling little spot; one that I, too, would enjoy.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    What a charming town! I know Chris and I would enjoy a visit here as much as you two did, and the restaurants you discovered had my mouth watering :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Hi, Dee! I enjoy reading your splendid travel stories... They are so inspiring and interesting! Thanks a lot ! ><><><><><

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    Duse and Browning!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    You are right-the Italy pictures and comments are well worth the visits. We got as far as Treviso last fall, but further north, had no time. Lovely pics and color.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Architecture is of great interest to me, and this place sure has some great examples. As for those 1100 steps! You must be fit! In India also many steps to the forts & temples. We have managed so far, but its getting harder every visit!Great page, Dee

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    asolo is very much on the agenda this summer. looks like a great place to visit.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Really magical medieval town like many other small towns in Italy! I think climbing 1,100 steps to the top of the Rocca weren't in vain to admire the Venetian Lagoon.


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