A MAJESTIC city wall that frames the profile of the Pausolino hill beyond, and the mysterious cypress trees peeping out from behind the ruins of the Upper Castle give the traveller the sensation of having walked straight onto a canvas of one of the masters.
This is Marostica. An authentic medieval jewel set at the base of the Vicentina foothills where the fertile low-grounds meet the first slopes that climb upwards to the heights of Asiago.
Much of Marostica's very early history has been lost to time, but we do know that it was during the domination of the Scaligeri (1311-1387) the town first began to attract the attention of her neighbours, with a charm and fascination that have lost nothing over the centuries.
Four gateways leading to the medieval town square, twenty look out towers and an imposing city wall joining the Upper Castle and the majestic lower castle are today all that remain of this era.
This was an age when the area was endlessly fought over between the city of Vicenza and the Lords of Padua, Verona and Milan (XIII - XIV centuries). Eventually in 1404 the town fell under the governorship of the Venetian Republic and was given relative autonomy, an autonomy which provided the perfect conditions for the growth of agriculture, crafts and trade.
It is impossible, even today, to resist the town's many temptations. Why not sip an aperitif sitting at one of the outside tables of one of the many bars that bring the splendid piazza to life, or loose yourself amongst the enchanting lanes that branch from the main street and eventually lead to the ‘sentiero dei Carmini’, the footpath that winds it's way to the Upper Castle.
Who could not fail to be intregued by the fairy tale look of the surrounding hills as the cherry trees blossom, or the magic crafted by the busy potter as he works his clay
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