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Marostica, Province of Vicenza, Veneto

Situated just below the Asiago plateau, near the Brenta river, Marostica is world-famous for the life-size chess game. The event is played every two years on the square of the castle: characters dressed up in medieval costumes take the roles of chess figures; the tradition comes from a medieval legend: there was a chess challenge, the winner would marry the podestà's daughter.

Info

  • Population: about 13,900 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 36063
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0424
  • Frazioni & Localities: Crosara, Marsan, Pradipaldo, San Luca, Valle San Floriano, Vallonara.
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What to see

  • The Da Basso Castle, a medieval fortress originally surrounded by a ditch, part of which can still be seen, erected in 1312 by Cangrande Della Scala. The name comes from the existence of another, higher castle: after the latter was severely damaged in the war of the Cambrai League (1509-1510), the podestà (the main medieval authority of the town) moved his residence to the lower (Da Basso) castle.
  • The ancient Medieval Center, surrounded by 14th-century walls

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