46. From Padua to Bassano.
30 M. Railway in li/2-2 hrs. (fares 4 fr. 20, 3 fr. 15, 1 fr. 95 c).
Padua, p. 270. — The train crosses the Brenta. 12 M. Cam-
From Camposampiero to Montebelluna, I71/2 M., railway in V4-I hr.
(fares 2 fr. 20, 1 fr. 66, 95 c). — 7 M. Castelfranco Véneto (p. 279); 11 M.
Fanzolo, with the Villa Emo, containing good frescoes by Paolo Veronese
and Batt. Zelotti (1551). — 17'/2 M. Montebelluna, see p. 347.
201/2 M. Cittadella (see p. 279); 25 M. Rossano; 26 M. Rosa.
30 M. Bassano (420 ft.; Alb. Sant' Antonio, near the market-
place, R. I1/2 fr.; Mondo, both good), a charmingly situated in¬
dustrial town of 7600 inhab., is the seat of a bishop. From the
llth cent, it was riüed by the Ghibelline family of the Ecelini, the
best known of whom was the terrible Ezzelino da Romano (d. 1259),
who, along with Enzio (p. 389), was the champion of the Hohen-
staufen in N. Italy.
The houses of the long market-place show traces of early
facade-painting. Near the market is the Civic Museum (10-3, in
autumn 10-4; at other times, fee), containing a number of works
by the Da Ponte family, surnamed. Bassano from their birthplace.
Room I: Francesco Bassano (father of Jacopo), Madonna with SS. Peter
and Paul (1509); Jacopo Bassano (1510-92; the most eminent of this group
of artista, who all paint in his manner), Nativity of Christ (1568), and
St. Valentine baptising a dumb girl, early works; Leandro Bassano (d. 1623;
son of Jacopo), Portrait of the Podestá Capello. Also, Palma Vecchio,
Madonna and saints, a late work. — Room III: The original models of
Canova's Venus and Hebe, and casts of Canova's works. An adjoining
room contains a collection of memorials of that maater, Venetian engrav-
inga (Fountain of Love, etc.), and drawings by eminent artista.
The Cathedbal, on the N. side of the town, beyond the Piazza
del Terraglio (view), contains paintings by Jacopo Bassano: right,
Assumption of the Virgin, with portraits of Charles V., the Doge
of Venice, the Pope, etc.; left of the high-altar, Adoration of the
Child; right, Martyrdom of Stephen. — In the church of San
Giovanni Battista are a large stucco relief of the Baptism of Christ,
by Giov. Minelli, and pictures by Jacopo Bassano. — The oíd palace
is now partly occupied by the arciprete (deán).
The promenades encircling the town command beautiful views
of the Alps and their foot-hills and of the brawling Brenta, spanned
by a picturesque timber bridge. — In the suburb Borgo Leone is
the Villa Parolini, with a beautiful park.
Bonaparte defeated the Auatrians under Wurmser at Bassano on
8lh Sept., 1796, four days after the battle of Rovereto, having marched
hither from Trent in two days. The covered limber bridge over the
Brenta occupies the place of one blown up by the French on that occasion.
— In 1809 Napoleón erected the district of Bassano into a duchy and con-
ferred it upon Maret, his secretary of state.
Posaagno (1080 ft.; Alb. Socaí), Canova's birthplace, beautifully situated
at the base of Monte Grappa (5825 ft.), 10 M. to the N.E. of Bassano, is
reached by a good road (diligence twice daily in about 21/4 hra.), passing
Romano, the birthplace of Ezzelino, and Crespano. The domed church,