Last week I took a day trip to meet Emma in a city we had visited with friends two years before: Bassano del Grappa.
Since I would not have phone service, we made plans the night before while we had wifi. We decided to meet at the train station: her train arriving at 9:05 am and mine at 9:20 am. A helpful iPhone app that I’ve used to look up train schedules is Infotreni.
We weren’t sure we would remember how to get into the center, but once we were there, it all came back to us. If you walk straight from the train station for two minutes, there is an entrance into the wall. Once inside the wall, go right. The first thing you will see is this coffee shop where we stopped for coffee.
Caffetteria Toffano is the first place you will see right when you walk inside the walls. Which was perfect as we had planned to find a place for coffee. It was a nice spot with good coffee.
We walked through the various piazzas and soon learned that a lot of places were closed for Monday. So if you ever plan to visit a smaller town of Italy, keep in mind things will be closed Monday’s, in the afternoon, and for August vacation.
We took advantage of just walking the city and revisiting some of our favorite spots from our last visit.
One of my favorite spots is this walkway of manicured trees overlooking a green valley. Bassano del Grappa is a small town that’s easy to discover.
I believe off of Via Vittorelli is this cute pane (bread) shop. Delicious for pastries, and they even had some senza glutine (gluten free) options for Emma which isn’t common for Italy.
In Piazza Garibaldi we found this restaurant Danieli and decided to try it for lunch. We sat outside on the patio, which is typical for Italians. Last time we had visited on a Saturday and this piazza was covered with the outdoor Italian market.
Since the kitchen wasn’t yet open, we started with coffee.
About thirty minutes later we placed our food order. I ordered the gnocchi with mushroom. We spent a couple hours here hanging out and catching up and living the slow paced Italian lifestyle. It’s nice to not force too much into your days when you visit Italy, or to think too much of a time schedule, because then you will have a more Italian experience.