Friday, April 30, 2010

Bassano del Grappa

A few weekends ago, when the weather was wonderful and the cherry blossoms were in their full splendor, Michael and I took a Sunday drive to Bassano del Grappa. It is a small but lovely town that's situated near the locale that the Brenta river exits the mountains.  It's famous for three things. The first is an old bridge designed by Vicenza's famous architect Palladio. The second is that they produce world famous Grappa. I call it Italian moonshine. It's made from wine leftovers- grapes, stems, etc. and further processed to produce a super potent alcohol. It's way too strong for me, but the Italians will consume it after meals or sometimes in their espresso. They consider it a digestivo, in that it aids in digestion.  The third is their production of white asparagus.  This is achieved by blocking the sunlight and therefore preventing the development of the green chlorophyll as the asparagus grows.  We simply enjoyed a leisurely walk through Bassano's picturesque streets, window shopping, people-watching, and pausing for a Spritz now and then.   

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