The Asolo Fortress: guarding the past
The Asolo Fortress rises on Mount Ricco, which overlooks the center of Asolo, in the province of Treviso: it is an imposing structure with walls as thick as four meters and as tall as fifteen, built between the mid-12th century and the early 13th. This solitary place seems untouched by time, and offers a unique 360° view that spans from the Alps to the Po Valley, and on clear days even reaches Venice’s Lagoon.
At first sight, you might immediately notice the absence of loopholes in its walls. Indeed, the Fortress could only be accessed through a large door, which in the past was connected to the Lower Castle. The presence of people and their daily rituals, and the historical episodes that took place here over the centuries, have left many interesting traces: the well-tank for rainwater and the remains of an oven where bread was baked date back to a period between the 13th and 14th centuries, while the most recent remains of wars and battles are from 1510. After that, the Asolo Fortress lost importance and was used as a leper hospital during the Middle Ages. In 1650, the Republic of Venice tried to sell it for 320 ducats, but was forced to desist when the local people protested, defending the silent and majestic symbol of their history – today a gem to visit and appreciate, after witnessing and guarding this territory’s past.