Monday, November 6, 2017
Historic Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto Region
Based in Lafayette, California, Tom Velken leverages over two decades experience in real estate finance, development, and acquisition to lead Viking Real Estate Group, which he founded in 1995. Having traveled extensively in Italy, Tom Velken’s favorite destinations include Lake Como and Rome, as well as lesser-known sights such as Bassano del Grappa.
Situated near Venice, Bassano marks the spot where Veneto’s fertile agricultural plains rise into the Alps. With archeological finds showing a settlement pattern extending to prehistoric times, the city was known as Bossianus by the Romans and was developed into a fortress in the 10th century AD that ultimately grew into a castle. A covered bridge was constructed around 1200 and reflected growth in commerce in the area.
With a location at a cultural crossroads, Bassano was fiercely contested through the 15th century and taken over by a number of rulers in succession, including the Vicenza, the Scaligeri, and the Milanese Visconti. Its primary products during the prosperous period of Venetian rule were wool, silk, and ceramics.
Today, Bassano is known for its quality grappa, which has been produced in the region since the late 18th century. The hard alcohol is created from parts of the grape left over from the winemaking process. A highlight for many visitors is strolling across the covered pedestrian bridge, which adheres to Andrea Palladio’s 16th-century design.