Bassano del Grappa
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Bassano del Grappa (Venetian simply: Basan, italianized: Bassan or Bassān) is a city and comune in the province of Vicenza, region Veneto, in northern Italy. It bounds the communes of Cassola, Marostica, Solagna, Pove del Grappa, Romano d'Ezzelino, Campolongo sul Brenta, Conco, Rosā, Cartigliano and Nove. Some neighbourhoods of these communes have become in practice a part of the urban area of Bassano, so that the population of the whole urban area is higher than the population of Bassano proper.
The artist Jacopo Bassano was born, worked, and died in Bassano and took it as his surname. Bassano Del Grappa is also famous for inventing the spirit Grappa, traditionally an after-dinner drink made from pomace (discarded grape seeds, stalks, and stems).
The city was founded in the 2nd century BC by a Roman called Bassianus, whence the name, as an agricultural estate.
The first news of the existence of the medieval city dates from 998, while the Castle is mentioned first in 1150. In 1175 Bassano was conquered by Vicenza, but the city maintained a semi-autonomous status as a free commune in the 13th century also, when it was under the family of the Ezzelinos.
In 1368 it was acquired by the Visconti of Milan and, in 1404, by the Republic of Venice: the latter did not alter the citadine magistratures, limiting to impose a Captain chosen by the Venetian Senate. The city became home to a flourishing industry producing wool, silk, iron and copper, and mainly for ceramics; in the 18th became especially famous in all Europe for the presence of the Remondini printers.
During the French Revolutionary Wars the city was the site of the Battle of Bassano. In 1815 it was included in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, and became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy in 1866. Napoleon Bonaparte remained in Bassano del Grappa for many months.
The original name of the town was Bassano Veneto. After the terrible battles on Mount Grappa in WWI , where thousands of soldiers lost their lives, a decision was made to change the name of the town. In 1928, the name was changed to Bassano del Grappa, meaning Bassano of Mount Grappa, as a memorial to the soldiers killed. Ernest Hemingway during his days as an ambulance driver in the war spent many days in Bassano and eventually settled there as part of A Farewell to Arms. Also other American writers spent some days in Bassano during WWI such as Scott Fitzgerald and Dos Passos.
During World War I Bassano was in the front area, and all industrial activities were halted. In World War II, after the Armistice with Italy, the city was invaded by German troops, which killed or deported numerous inhabitants.
The symbol of the town is the covered wooden pontoon bridge , which was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569. The bridge was destroyed many times, the last time during WWII. The Alpine soldiers, or Alpini have always revered the wooden bridge and Bassano del Grappa. After the destruction of the bridge, they took up a private collection and had the bridge completely rebuilt. Often soldiers flock to the bridge to remember and sing songs from their days as alpine soldiers. The grappa shop of Nardini Distillery is located on the bridge, known as Ponte degli Alpini.
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dale54 (6551) 2011-10-08 3:45
italy is so beautifull!hi silvio!wonderfull shot.not too crowded!just right mood!thanks=have a great weekend! dr
limielski (0) 2011-10-08 3:51
Yes I agree with my friend Dale Italy is very beautiful country with many historical, very old places. You have many many places for shooting :-)
This place is a very attractive one. You choosed good POV. A very good light conditio. The sharpness is very good, too.
csabagaba (6554) 2011-10-08 4:01
I see, "you can not swim," a trip to Vicenza :-) They are beautiful places. One thing I'm sad: Wherever you go in Italy, I find beauty everywhere only.
The picture was cut down a bit, because the sidewalk is a little too much for me. And perhaps I would also force the light down a bit. Today I feel like such a provocative :-) But maybe I'm just jealous? :-)
Your young friend: Csaba
Sergiom (57851) 2011-10-08 5:01
Un point de vue superbe sur cette grande place. On sent une grande profondeur dans l'image et les couleurs sont superbes.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-10-08 8:27
I am the door with a short break.
Beautiful photos with great clarity and beautiful image contrast and natural color.
Have a nice day.
siamesa (27737) 2011-10-08 8:34
Bom dia Silvio
Very nice view of the square People wslking there is a very good addition.TFS
JFS (32459) 2011-10-08 8:40
I have to visit this place! I go to Verona very often and always plan to visit Bassano dle Grapa but I never go...Your series of shots of this monumental village is impecable, so well seen and so well presented. thanks!
SWEETFREEDOM (22292) 2011-10-08 11:39
invidio questa tua foto perche quando ci sono passato questa estate era giorno di mercato e non ho potuto vedere al meglio gli splendidi edifici che ci mostri.
bel p.o.v. e colori
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-08 12:09
very nice street shot with a nice chosen POV..like the activity of the people in the street...like the colorful building in BG...also like the grey tone of the street with nice texture on it...
nice DOF controlled with good sharpness & color tones...
lousat (75063) 2011-10-08 15:13
Ciao Silvio,una prospettiva davvero strana,oltre alla pendenza a sinistra c'e' un effetto che da' la sensazione che la piazza si stia rovesciando,e lo sottolineo come pregio perche' crea davvero un'effetto originalissimo...complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano
Sonata11 (33223) 2011-10-08 21:14
a very nice composition of this atracttive place and wonderful architecture with great natural colors, sharpness, super clarity. I like yours POV of this image and love to see people around. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
baddori (19235) 2011-10-08 23:04
La giornata ti č stata favorevole in tutte le foto , ma questa in particolare ..l'ampia piazza , il castello, l'aria vacanziera .
Un acquarello e la facciata della Chiesa abbozzato .
Mestiere , ma anche grande spazio..ed un'aria come giā vista .
faletiz (10759) 2011-10-09 10:23
bella vista di una delle Piazze di Bassano. Non sei stato troppo fortunato col tempo ma la foto č bella e la luce buona. Bellissimo POV, sei riuscito a mettere tutta la piazza nella foto, cosa non facile! bravo!