Welcome to Marostica
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Population: 3,351 (2004)
Driving towards the ancient walled city of Marostica evokes
a sense of moving centuries back in time. The stunning
medieval wall surrounding Marositca’s Castello Superiore, guard posts and bell
tower, have long been a symbol of the town’s importance and in recent times have
become the fairy-tale image famous all over the world.
If not for its spectacular
panorama, Marostica might be a small and other-wise anonymous hill town of the
Veneto region, but the local landscape draws visitors from far and wide.
It is also renowned for its cultural events,
life-sized chess game played every year in the Piazza using real men and women
Marostica is quite contained and can easily be appreciated within a few
hours. Town life is concentrated in the area surrounding the Piazza Castello -
the main square - whoes marble pavement is set up in a checkerboard fashion.
chess tournament, in fact, which takes place every two years in Piazza Castello
is no recent invention. In fact, the tradition goes back to 1454 when Taddeo
Parisio Castellano di Marostica - a nobleman - had the "chess board" built to
settle a conflict between two fellows in love with his eldest daughter. Instead
of dueling - which may have been more common for those times - he had the two
soldiers compete in the nobel game of chess to determine the future husband of
The modern tournament takes place with real people dressed in medieval
costumes and can be seen on the second week in September in even-number years.
Tickets go on sale in April and for information or bookings, contact the tourist
office in Marostica.
Marostica also host's a charming
Cherry Festival - the
Sagra del Ciliege -
every June. You can get
here on one of two dozen daily
buses from Vicenza in 40
minutes. Dozens of local buses
do the short run daily from
Bassano to Marostica. By car,
head west on S248.
By Arianna Andrews, August 12,