What to do in Asiago apart from eating cheese? :)

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Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Laura Teso

You may have heard about Asiago pdo cheese. But you should know that Asiago [ah- seeAH- goh] is also a little town in the province of Vicenza, very well known in Veneto as vacation resort, both in Summer and Winter.

Asiago stands on the namesake plateau, in Italian altopiano, also called altopiano dei sette comuni (plateau of the seven municipalities). The othe six are Lusiana, Enego, Roana, Rotzo, Gallio, Foza and Conco.

Altopiano di Asiago
Altopiano di Asiago

Asiago is closely connected to food, and not only for the above-quoted cheese. About that, who visited Asiago and doesn’t remember the giant Asiago wheel at the cheese factories consortium just outside town?

Jam and Honey shops

The town is also famous for its honey and jams. There are two remarkable shops. The most famous is right along the main pedestrian street, and its name is Rigoni (Corso IV Novembre, 78). Rigoni started as a family-run business after the first world war, thanks to nonna Elisa, beekeper, who decided to transform her hobby into a proper job.

Other than honey they now sell juices, jams (organic and without sugar added) and more importantly the nocciolata, organic hazelnuts cream, without hydrogenated fats. And there’s also a version without milk, so perfect for lactose intolerants like me. But I would prefer it with less sugar.

The other one is less famous, located in a secondary road just outside the pedestrian area, and it is called Guoli (Via Benedetto Cairoli, 20). Now Guoli is more, how can I put it? Simple. But they have a unique honey, that is an absolute elixir against sore throat: miele di pino mugo. It is honey with gemme of mountain pine. I love it. And it is beautiful to see the little pine cones and sprigs. Plus outside the shop there was a little dog longing for cuddles.

Of course, since I didn’t mean to offend anyone, I bought something in both shops: Nocciolata without milk at Rigoni’s and Pino Mugo Honey at Guoli. Go girl!

Other shops in Asiago

Il filo di Arianna – household linen

You can immediately notice this shop (whose name means Ariadne’s Thread) when walking. All in wood with cushions, towels and curtains with different subjects, many of which have a forest theme. It is located next to the Rigoni shop (see above). 

Armonie di tele – household linen

This shop is more traditional in terms of concept and display of goods but it has fabulous products. Here I bought a Nutcracker-themed tea towel and autumn fruit-themed placemats. Both of a very soft and quality fabric. This is the kind of store where I could buy everything.

Barbablù aka The Christmas shop

The name means Bluebeard. It is located in Piazza Carli and sells all Christmas-themed things: decorations, ornaments, brooches, earrings (I got a pair of earrings in the shape of a Christmas tree). The distinctive feature that makes it easy to recognize from the outside is the blackboard that reminds you how many days are left until Christmas

Caseificio Pennar

Located 5 minutes by car from the center of Asiago, it is the kingdom of cheeses. Here you will find Asiago of various ages, grana, tosela, caciotta, butter, ricotta, mascarpone and other delicious cheeses.

Where to eat in Asiago and surrounding areas

These are my favorite spots. But there are still many to try. 

Ca’ Sorda ai Pennar

This farmhouse, 5 minutes by car from Asiago’s center, is very popular, so you must book in advance to find a place. On weekends they work a double shift at lunch: 12pm or 1.45pm. We have always had a good time. And the food is very good. For those with a sweet tooth, I recommend the chocolate cake, tender inside. You can also stay there for the night but booking is always complicated. But it’s worth it. I really loved my experience here.

La Vecchia Stazione in Roana

The name means old station. We also stayed overnight here. The furnishings of the hall area are really lovely, and so are the new rooms. While other rooms and corridors still need to be renovated. It also has a small spa and indoor swimming pool with 28 degree water. I found the restaurant very good. It is normally set up in the great hall. However, having arrived on a Friday (in november) evening, when there are fewer people, we had the opportunity to dine in the romantic stube room which is more beautiful. 

The Baitina di Roana

I found this place delightful… in fact it was very crowded given the quality of the dishes. Both the first courses (bigoli with venison ragù and gnocchi with Rotzo potatoes) and the second courses (mixed grill divided into 2) were sensational. 

Malga Larici di Sotto

This is a lovely mountain hut, 30 minutes from Asiago and only open in summer. I loved the decor, the relaxed atmosphere and the view. The food was very simple but good. 

Gelato

A few steps from the Duomo of Asiago, the Casagrande ice cream shop and bakery is among the most popular in town. In the space renovated not long ago, I love the wall of real plants. The gelato here is very good. 

What to do in Asiago

  • Town Hall. You can recognize it easily. It is the white and red marble building with a clock tower, front columns and green roof. It was rebuilt in 1922 after the war destruction. During World War I Asiago suffered in fact a terrible bombing that razed it to the ground.
  • The neoclassical Duomo di San Matteo, in local pink marble, just in front of the town hall, and, likewise, was rebuilt in 1922.
  • Between Town Hall and Duomo you may notice a fountain. It is the Faun Fountain. In fact it depicts a faun riding a roe deer, accompanied by four animals of the woods: fox, eagle, squirrel and capercaillie.
  • Chiesa di San Rocco, Romanesque style, restored in 2001.
  • Asiago War Memorial, in Italian called Sacrario Militare. You can see from the centre of the town and from the surroundings its white arch. It houses a relics museum and houses the remains of 50.000 soldiers, Italian and Austro-Hungarian.
  • Astronomical Observatory of Padova just outside town on a hill, near the Memorial. You can book a visit in advance, you’ll find e-mail and phone number here: visitasiago

Outdoor Activities

  • Millepini park. More than a park, a little wood beloved by children of all ages. It is also provided with Agility Tree trail.
  • Adjacent to the park there’s the Ice rink, open all year round.
  • An easy outdoor activity during summer (by foot or mountain bike) is the old train road, connecting Asiago to other villages nearby. You can start from the old Asiago train station (where there’s also a small café), adjacent to the Park.
  • Laghetto di Lumera is a super tiny lake, ten minutes from Asiago’s centre. It is a quiet place for kids, with playground and benches. My nephew used to love it when he was 3-4. The path starts near the Duomo, just ask around. Everyone in town knows it.
  • For little kids there’s the Gnomes Village. After walking along an easy path (also for strollers) they will visit a gnomes town. Who knows if they will spot one?
  • Love path. It was created a couple of years ago by a group of women of the area. It’s an easy path, with wood sculptures and verses of famous poets. It takes 1 hour and a half at moderate pace.
  • Kaberlaba is another area for kids and families, ten minutes by car from the centre. Playground with inflatables and trampolines, horses and ponies.
  • The Great War has left many scars in the territory. For those interested it is possible to visit some war forts, just ask at the Tourist Office.
  • As for winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding and also try cross country skiing or snowshoes. There is also a Snowfunpark called Campomulo, where you can rent snowmobiles, sled and bobsled, plus try the snow tubing. I would!
Millepini Park
Millepini Park

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