If you thought that Cittadella was the only walled city in Veneto you thought wrong. Not half an hour from our lovely residence there is a small city called Marostica, which has an almost similar look.
It’s wonderfully endearing with the hill in the background that hosts the bigger castle of the village. If you are not afraid of heights it is recommended to go for a walk on the walls, but if you are afraid of heights, like I am, it is highly recommended that you do not do this. I didn’t even try. I might give the walls surrounding Cittadella a go, but the ones surrounding Marostica scared me half to death.
So what to do then? The walk up the hill from the church in the heart of the city until the castle on top of the hill is amazing. While you’re walking up, you’re are entirely surrounded by olive trees, which makes it very possible to climb this hill also in spring and maybe even on an early morning in summer. From time to time the trees open up to share a nice view, and a couple of wooden benches are delicately placed alongside the path, so that you can take a break and enjoy your surroundings. The castle on top of the hill might be open from time to time (often not during lunch hours (12-15)), but if it’s not (in our case), the climb is well worth it anyway. And when you go down again into the heart of the village, the crodino will taste all the better and the sun that you’ll be enjoying on one of the terraces on the main square will be all the more welcoming.
Other recommendations would be to visit the castle at the main square (yes, there is another castle, which doesn’t need a steep climb) and to enjoy the square itself, which has a very clear pattern of chess, because this small city hosts an almost yearly event in which they play a human chess game. This year it will be hosted in September.
Once you have seen enough of the main square you can take the road towards the churches. Also these are worth a visit. And if you pay attention, you might even be able to quickly visit the small monastery garden.
These small places are relatively unknown gems in Veneto. You can enjoy their authenticity without being overrun by a crowd of tourists.
If there is another place that you would like to read about, let me know. (I do have to wait for the Coronavirus to calm down a little before I can go to bigger cities again).
From Italy with love,