What to do and see in Asiago, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

December 28, 2017 Alida England

Asiago (Italian: [aˈzjaːɡo]; Cimbrian: Slege, German: Schlägen [ˈʃlɛːɡn̩]) is the name of both a major Italian PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) cheese and a minor township (population roughly 6,500) in the surrounding plateau region (the Altopiano di Asiago or Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, Asiago plateau) in the Province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. It is near the border between the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol regions in the foothills of the Alps, and about equidistant (60 km) from the major cities of Trento to the west and Vicenza to the south. The Asiago region is the origin of Asiago cheese. The town was the site of a major battle between Austrian and Italian forces on the Alpine Front of World War I. It is a major ski resort destination as well as the site of the Astrophysical Observatory of Asiago, operated by the University of Padua.
Restaurants in Asiago

1. Sacrario Militare del Leiten

Viale degli Eroi, 36012 Asiago, Italy +39 0424 462084
Excellent
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4.5 based on 621 reviews

Sacrario Militare del Leiten

Reviewed By Debra J - South Dakota

This is a beautiful monument dedicated to the Italian experience of WWI. Because Asiago was right on the battle line (the town was virtually destroyed) many local men are counted among the dead and missing. The bodies of many Italians and Austrians were moved from the scattered Cemeteries in which they were interred after the war and into this monument. It is nearly overwhelming to see all those names. We visited on a Sunday right before closing time, and happened on the end of a mass being held in the center of the monument; I understand this is a regular event and definitely added to the solemnity of the experience. There is a small but powerful museum in the front of the monument which is free; sadly for us it is almost exclusively in Italian. It describes the timeline of WWI in the area and includes many photographs and relics (eg gear and weapons) For me, the heart of the collection was a letter home written by a young soldier who was killed in action. Neither he nor his letter made it, but we now have that letter to remind us all of the true cost of war.
it is a long but gentle uphill hike to the monument; there is limited free parking at the bottom. The views are gorgeous.

2. Museo della Grande Guerra 1915-1918

Via Roma 60, 36010 Canove di Roana, Italy +39 0424 692511
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Museo della Grande Guerra 1915-1918

Reviewed By HengistScotland - New Deer, United Kingdom

This looked like an interesting little museum. Unfortunately, we arrived at around 1pm, and it's closed from 12 to 3pm for lunch! Being as there's not a lot else to do in Canove (especially at lunchtime) we moved on quite swiftly.
A note to Italy - if you want to attract tourism you're really going to have to learn to keep your attractions open at lunchtime. Or at least take less than three hours to eat your sandwiches.
Fortunately, there are several nice exhibits outside this museum, including artillery pieces, bombs and mines. And the window was open due to the heat, so at least we could get a glimpse of what was inside. This meant that our son wasn't completely disappointed.

3. Strada del Vecchio Trenino

Asiago, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Strada del Vecchio Trenino

Reviewed By Nadiezda90 - Pordenone, Italy

Oggi abbiamo rifatto la passeggiata de La Vaca Mora.
A piedi non era molto bagnato, nelle gallerie si stava bene con la felpa.
L'anno scorso abbiamo fatto lo stesso percorso mentre nevicava.
Molto bella da fare anche con i bambini, sia in bici che a piedi.

4. Gnomes Villagge

Via Poslen 40, 36012 Asiago, Italy +39 0424 463363
Excellent
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4 based on 453 reviews

Gnomes Villagge

The Village has arisen from the Nordic countries thanks to the arrival of small and wise creatures who have chosen as the ideal place thanks to the integrity of the territory, the grove Poslen. In a pristine environment, in the dense Forests of pine and green pastures runs a thrilling ride that will allow you, thanks to our guides to spend an exciting day breathing the air ... from Fable, the magical, mysterious and animated world ... of Gnomi.Si tells that live hidden in the woods, the silence and love animals. A magical adventure for the little ones, a pleasant relaxation for adults, immersed in an enchanting world of Nature, History and Magic. Also ... you will find a large playground with tappetone elastic, inflatable slide, football, volleyball, rides, swings, table tennis, jogging track, funny ... electric cars and solarium relaxation. We have received many innovative services and special attention paid to the needs of Family and Children the gold medal for work and economic progress in 2010!

Reviewed By Elena76LosAngeles - Los Angeles

We visited the "Gnome Village" in Asiago last week with our 2 toddlers. The grounds are wonderfully kept and they take you through an enchanted path through the woods that goes to the Gnome's village.
The path goes up and down but it wasn't too difficult even for my sister who is 7 months pregnant. The views are very beautiful and there are several points along the trail where they explain you about the gnome's life (in Italian). It takes about 1 hour to do this with a slow relaxing pace.
The village is specifically designed for young children: there are cameras hidden in the woods and the gnomes talk to you when you approach their wooden homes.
My 2 year old son and my niece loved it! They were peeking inside the windows, charmed by the smoke coming out of the little chimneys... It was just adorable!
The staff gives you candy to give to your children so you can pretend it was the gnomes who left it for them to eat.
The staff was very informative and went the extra mile to make sure we had a wonderful experience.
There is also a nice park with swings, trampolines and slides at the end for the kids to enjoy.
Overall it was a beautiful afternoon great for the whole family!

5. Forte del Monte Interrotto

Strada Statale 349, 36012 Asiago, Italy
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Forte del Monte Interrotto

Reviewed By Michela090707 - Belgrade, Serbia

This FORTE has been recently restored and if you walk around its walls you will find out quite a bit about the history of this place. The nicest part are the walks that you can do nearby, either on foot or by bike.

6. Monte Ortigara

36012 Asiago, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Monte Ortigara

Reviewed By polishchykpavlo - Kiev, Ukraine

Ortigara is place that you have to visit. It's beatiful place. The breathtaking views, and adorable Mountains aroun it make this place divine. Especially I loved caves and tunnels that were made there in times of WWI.

7. INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova

Via Osservatorio Astrofisico, 8, 36012 Asiago, Italy +39 0424 600035
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova

Asiago branch of INAF-OAPd (National Institute of Astrophysics, Astronomical Observatory of Padova) and DFA-UniPd (Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Padova), is the ideal place for the direct contact of the public with astronomy and for promoting the scientific research of our Institute. The domes, the telescopes operating in Asiago and the presence of a multimedia room dedicated to education and outrech activities, allow to organize a rich programme for students, teachers, and visitors, with lectures, courses, visits to the Galileo telescope and also to Copernico telescope of Cima Ekar, and sky observations.

Reviewed By Jason M - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

We went the visit the Observatory as part of a group, which in turn visited by prior arrangement. The Observatory is kept to a very high standard and appeared to feature state of the art equipment in order to analyse the data that was obtained from the telescope. Accordingly, we were provided with a very informative talk and demonstration within the control room below the telescope, which was provided by academics and students from the university, and so was very informative. The beauty of the Observatory was perhaps the juxtaposition of an old telescope that had been retrofitted with technology to ensure that it remained up to date and thoroughly of use. This therefore provided the trip with a sense of history and the past, yet paired with absolutely up to date research.
Our tour also included going upstairs into the actual dome of the Observatory, where a further detailed, yet accessible technical talk was provided.
An excellent trip indeed.

8. Pala Hodegart Palazzo del Ghiaccio

Via Stazione, Asiago, Italy +39 0424 64144
Excellent
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4 based on 77 reviews

Pala Hodegart Palazzo del Ghiaccio

Reviewed By blakewell2016 - Davis, California

We were in Asiago for a hockey tournament for a week. The rink was very nice with a café and clean restrooms. Good Seating and views of the rink. An easy walk to and from central Asiago.

9. Museo delle Trincee di Monte Zebio

Monte Zebio, Asiago, Italy
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Museo delle Trincee di Monte Zebio

Reviewed By dven8 - Vicenza, Italy

Very interesting set of trenches, bunkers, etc. from WWI, and it is hard to believe they dug all of them out of virtually solid rock. Informative signage and very beautiful views of the entire Asiago plateau. (Nice place to eat right next to it as well.)

10. Altopiano di Asiago

Asiago, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Altopiano di Asiago

Reviewed By AmexRi - Rieti, Italy

Lo splendido Altopiano dei Sette Comuni si contraddistingue per la sua bellezza, tranquillità, ospitalità e prodotti locali.
Tante sono le cose da fare tra splendidi boschi e montagne incantate, sia d'estate che d'inverno.
Dal principale centro (Asiago), ai piccoli paesetti circostanti, alle frazioni, ai boschi tanto cari a Mario Rigoni Stern, alla piste da sci, alle passeggiate immersi nella natura incontaminata.
Da ultimo, ma forse una delle pietre miliari, l'aspetto culinario, ed in particolare il famoso formaggio in tutte le sue versioni (a proposito consiglio vivamente una visita ad una Malga di montagna per scoprire i segreti della sua preparazione); accanto al Re dell'Altopiano, vi sono tuttavia altri prodotti non da meno, quali il miele, le conserve, i funghi, la cacciagione.
Infine i luoghi della Grande Guerra (Il Sacrario Militare, i musei, i cimiteri di guerra in mezzo ai boschi), per riscoprire e ricordare quanti lottarono anche per la nostra libertà.
Insomma un posto per tutti i gusti da scoprire in continuazione.

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