Another distinguishing feature of the Asolo landscape, along with the fortress, the Castle has an ancient origin (some evidences date back to the 10th century) and throughout the centuries it has been inhabited by Ezzelino da Romano, by Venetian “podestà”, and by Caterina Cornaro. Connected to the walls at the end of the 14th century, the castle has gone through several changes and restoration works throughout the centuries, but some distinguishing features have remained, like the majestic clock tower.
THE CATHEDRAL AND THE CHURCHES
The present structure of the Cathedral, which includes some fine works, like the altarpiece of the Assumption by Jacopo da Ponte, the Assumption by Lorenzo Lotto and the altarpiece of Saint Prosdocimus by Pietro Damini, is the result of several reconstructions that have been carried out throughout the centuries, and in particular of the restoration carried out in the 18th century after the designs of Giorgio Massari, but the original structure is from the Roman era.
Evidence of the thousand-year history of the city, the fortress dominates the landscape and offers a breath-taking view of the surrounding foothills. Considered as a symbol of Asolo, the fortress has an irregular polygon structure and was built between the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th century.
Inside, a careful archaeological section recalls the ancient glory of Asolo. In the Art Gallery there are precious paintings, as well as some testimonies by Antonio Canova. Do not miss the rooms dedicated to the three great women of Asolo: Eleonora Duse, Caterina Cornaro and Freya Stark