Municipality of Asiago - Asiago Plateau 7 Municipalities
ASIAGO - Heart of the Plateau of the 7 Municipalities. The ideal destination for stays in contact with nature and in the name of relaxation, sport and fun in every season.
Located at an altitude of 1001 m above sea level, Asiago is the most famous of the localities of the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities, also known as the "Asiago Plateau". The tourist offer, the points of historical and naturalistic interest, the beautiful landscapes, the ski slopes, the routes, the events, etc., are however distributed throughout the territory of the Plateau among its charming places to be discovered.
Asiago is undoubtedly the liveliest city on the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities. Its two main squares, Piazza Carli and Piazza II Risorgimento, and Corso IV Novembre are the beating heart of the town, with numerous shops, hotels, pizzerias, restaurants, bars, pastry shops and other activities of tourist interest.
Asiago, razed to the ground during the First World War, was rebuilt respecting its original urban structure and was awarded, despite its small size, the title of "city" for war merits.
The elegant city centre is surrounded by pristine meadows and woods , as well as characteristic districts.
During the summer season Asiago offers the opportunity to go hiking or mountain biking, to practice tennis, golf, horseback riding and ice skating.
Even in the winter season in Asiago it is possible to practice a wide range of sports activities, including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating.
Asiago Military Memorial
Between 1932 and 1936 the Asiago Military Memorial was built on the Leiten Hill, which houses the remains of over 55,000 Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers who died in the fighting that took place on the Plateau during the War of 15-18. Inside the Ossuary there is an interesting museum open to the public where relics, war remnants and photographic documents of the time are exhibited.
The Town Hall
Between Piazza Carli and Piazza II Risorgimento stands the city's Town Hall built in red and white Asiago marble. The town hall, rebuilt after the First World War, has a bell tower with the Lion of St. Mark carved on white marble.
Piazza Carli, the Fountain of the Faun, the Cathedral of San Matteo
In Piazza Carli, completely renovated in 2011, it is possible to admire the Fountain of the Faun with a base in red Asiago marble, the only element of the square that has remained unchanged and is subject only to restoration. Here also stands the Cathedral of San Matteo, the patron saint of the city. Inside the church of San Matteo, which was also destroyed during the Great War and then rebuilt, there are two altarpieces, one by Francesco da Ponte the Younger and the other by Francesco da Ponte the Elder. Outside, on the south side of the Cathedral, in 2003 the ancient sundial in the shape of a triptych with a painting of St. Matthew in the center was relocated.
Other points of interest in the city
In the city center, still noteworthy are the statue of Blessed Giovanna Maria Bonomo located in the middle of Corso IV Novembre, in front of her birthplace, and the Church of San Rocco also along the main street of Asiago.
Parks and trails near the center of Asiago
The Park of Remembrance, which is a sacred area in honor of the fallen and missing in Russia, is a green area very close to the center a few meters from the Cathedral of San Matteo. Here stands the Church of Santa Maria Liberatrice. Much larger is the Brigata Regina Park, also known as Millepini Park, within which there is a children's playground, paths along which you can walk easily, three tennis courts, the Palazzo del Turismo Millepini with its recently renovated theater .
Adjacent to the Brigata Regina Park stands the Ice Palace or Pala Hodegart, the indoor ice stadium where the Asiago Hockey team plays the matches of the Hockey championship and where it is possible to practice ice skating at all times of the year.
Easily reachable on foot from the center of Asiago is the Lumera Lake, a small artificial basin. Here you can get along a picturesque dirt road shaded by a row of poplars.
The Prisons Museum
This evocative museum, unique in its kind, is located in the building that, until the end of the 60s, housed the prisons of the Plateau of the Seven Municipalities. Abandoned for decades, it was completely renovated respecting its original structure and used as a museum, where the main exhibitions of the Asiago Plateau are organized.
Didactic Naturalistic Museum "Patrizio Rigoni"
The Museum is located in the "Monte Ortigara" elementary school in Asiago, in Viale della Vittoria (the avenue that leads to the Military Memorial). This museum houses dioramas, i.e. reconstructions of pre-Alpine environments, and collections of birdlife (local birds) and other animals.
Born from an idea of the Speleological Group Seven Municipalities, the Water Museum, located in Kaberlaba, aims to study and treat the karst phenomenon that characterizes the Asiago Plateau and the consequent lack of water on the surface. The Museum, also through a special educational path, addresses the theme of water with the aim of making visitors understand the importance of this priceless asset.
Worth a visit are the war cemeteries that house the bodies of soldiers who died during the First World War in the bitter fighting that took place on the Asiago Plateau, namely: the British Military Cemetery of Boscon, the British Cemetery of Granezza, the British Cemetery of Barenthal, the British Cemetery of the Cavalletto and the Austro-Hungarian Cemetery on Mount Mosciagh.
In Meltar, 5 km from the city center, there is the Asiago Golf Club, whose 18-hole playing field is considered one of the best in Europe.
The Asiago ski area offers the opportunity to practice both cross-country and downhill skiing. Below is the list of slopes in the municipal area of Asiago with essential info:
• Centro Fondo Asiago Golf Arena – ski area for Nordic skiing with 4 different slopes (Golf, Prunno, Fratta and Barenthal) for a total of 42.5 km
• Kaberlaba – ski area for alpine skiing with low and medium difficulty downhill slopes
• Val Formica Ski Area , Cima Larici – easy downhill slope. On 2 February 2014 , the new Asiago 2000 four-seater chairlift came into operation, capable of transporting up to 1200 people per hour.
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