Marostica is a comune and town located in the Veneto region of Italy in the province of Vicenza. The name of the town can be traced to the Venetic language and refers to the hills and the streams that descend from the nearby mountains. The name of the town literally means “one which has mountains and hills”.
Several ancient objects and artifacts dating back to the Venetic times have been found from the region from the first millennium B.C. The town is very famous for its yearly living chess event and for its excellent quality cherries. The economy of the town is based mainly on agriculture and cattle breeding.
Attractions in Marostica
Piazza Castello is the main Piazza of Marostica. The picturesque piazza is surrounded by several beautiful buildings that date back to centuries. The castle of the town is located in this piazza. The popular living chess festival is organized each year in Marostica in this Piazza and visitors can see the chessboard laid out in the paving stones all around the year. There are also other important monuments that are located close to the piazza.
Marostica has two different castles, Castello Superiore and Castello Inferiore. The Castello Superiore is located on top of a hill and overlooks the town and the surrounding landscape. The Castello Inferiore is located in the main piazza of the town and guards the main entrance. Both the castles have interesting architecture and are worth a visit. Visitors can climb up to Castello Superiore to get good views of the town. The road leading up to the castle is an uphill walk, but is also accessible by car. The castle located on top of the hill can be reached through a path within the walls of the town which is quite pretty. There is also an alternate route for descending down which leads to a footpath outside the walls. The path has rough stones but is very picturesque with cultivated terraces and beautiful lush trees.
Marostica is mainly famous for its chess festival which is known as Partita a Scacchi di Marostica. The festival takes place on the second weekend in September on even numbered years. Tickets would have to be bought in advance either in person or online since the festival attracts a large number of tourists from across Italy and other countries in Europe. And in the odd numbered years the town organizes a chess tournament. During the living game a story is re-enacted in which the participants dress in various costumes. The festival is definitely worth a visit since it has been organized since decades.
Getting to Marostica
Marostica is located quite close to the cities of Vicenza and Bassano Del Grappa. There is no airport in Marostica so the easiest way to reach the town is by bus. Buses depart every few hours from Vicenza, Bassano Del Grappa and from the other destinations in the region for Marostica. Tickets can be bought at the main bus stations and the state buses are quite comfortable for travelling. Visitors who have a car can also easily drive down to the town. Marostica is located only half an hour away from Vicenza and only about 10 minutes from Bassano Del Grappa so it is quite easy to reach the town.
Moving Around the Town
Marostica is a very compact town. The main attraction in Marostica is the yearly living chess festival for which visitors from all over Italy travel to the town. Except for that, there are only two or three sight seeing attractions in the town which can all be visited on foot. Walking around the town is quite enjoyable since the streets are very picturesque. The cobblestoned pedestrian streets are lined with old charming houses which makes it quite interesting to walk around the town.
Stay and Accommodation
Marostica is a very small town but it does attract quite a lot of tourists, especially in September when the famous living chess festival is organized in the town. Visitors who plan to take a trip to Marostica in September would have to get accommodation booked well in advance since all hotels get totally booked by tourists that come to the town from all over the world. There are a few good Bed & Breakfasts in town too, however, all accommodations tend to get more expensive during the festival. There are also a few villas and country houses which can be rented by tourists if they plan to stay in the town longer. Some of the best known hotels in town are hotel Europa, hotel A&M, hotel Alla Vneeziana Srl and hotel Due Mori.
Eating in Marostica
There are several good restaurants in town where visitors can eat. Marostica attracts hordes of tourists each year that come to the town to attend the famous living chess festival. The town has plenty of good pizzerias, trattorias, osterias, restaurants, cafes and bars strewn all around the town that serve good quality food. Most restaurants in town serve local regional dishes and Italian cuisine. Some of the best restaurants in town are Ristorante hotel Rosina, Da Bastian Snc Di Viero Andrea, ristorante La Scacchiera, osteria Madonnetta, ristorante bar Da Rossi and Cend SAS Di Maurizio Centofante. Visitors can find excellent wines in most restaurants and bars and the bakeries in town sell freshly baked breads of different kinds, traditional desserts and pastries and cheese.
Shopping in Marostica
Marostica has plenty of good places to shop. The town has a few shopping streets which are line with pretty shops that sell locally made clothes, fabrics, shoes, bags, jewelry, woolen and silk clothes, handicrafts, antiques and several other things. The older section of the town has quite a lot of smaller shops but they sell the same things at lower costs. Visitors can purchase good quality olives, salami, locally made cold cuts and cheese from most food stores here. The wines available in most wine shops in Marostica are also quite good.