A few kilometers away from Vicenza there are Bassano and Marostica.
The first links its name to grappa and white asparagus, very valuable and presented in infinite variations by local restaurants.
Marostica instead recalls an ancient legend and a dispute that ended with a game of chess instead of the traditional duel between gentlemen pretenders of the same damsel.
To remember this fact, suspended between reality and fantasy, still today on the third weekend of September of even years, a chess game is held, played with living characters in the giant chessboard set up in the main square of the Venetian town.
Against the backdrop of the medieval re-enactment, the 14th century and still well-preserved Scaligeri walls cannot be missed.