East of Bassano, the medieval hilltop town of ASOLO presides over a tightly grouped range of gentle peaks in the foothills of the Dolomites. Known as la città dei cento orizzonti (“the city of the hundred horizons”), the town has proved convivial to many writers and artists: at the end of the fifteenth century Cardinal Bembo, one of the most eminent literary figures of his day, coined the verb asolare to describe the experience of spending one’s time in pleasurable aimlessness; Gabriele d’Annunzio wrote about the town; and Robert Browning’s last published work – Asolando – was written here.

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