The gorgeous little town of Asiago is just an hour north of us, and after 10 months of living here, we finally made it (through all the switchbacks), into the mountain to explore! It did not disappoint for a minute and I totally understand all the fuss behind it. We plan on going back plenty and I can’t wait to see it lit up at Christmastime!
Between the delicious food, cafes on every corner, fun and unique shops, and sites to see, there is truly something for everyone and it was honestly one of the best days we’ve had!
We arrived right at noon for lunch time and went right to Pizzeria Da Tata. Its a good size restaurant, has an actual parking lot (rare in italy!), and a park right across the way if you want to let the kids run around a bit! The pizza was amazing.. I may have ate an entire one myself, don’t judge! And the aperol spritz was perfecto!
After lunch we drove just five minutes over to Village of Gnomes. Parking was free and you pay to get in, but they give you a little map and its really fun for the kids to search for gnomes along your walk through the woods. They claimed it was 2 miles from start to finish, but it certainly didn’t feel that long! The boys had such a blast moving through the little obstacles along the way, and searching for gnomes. I will say that by the end we were having to fib a little because my two older boys figured out there weren’t actually gnomes, however it was still quite magical, especially for my three year old!
At the end of the your walk, there is a restaurant right there too if you haven’t yet eaten, and a big play area complete with bouncy houses, trampoline, swings and more. My husband and I grabbed a couple drinks and watched while the kids played around for an hour. The weather was so perfect that day, about 15 degrees cooler than Vicenza (still 80 degrees ha!), so it felt so nice to just relax outside.
From there we headed to Caseificio Pennar Asiago, which was only a two minute drive down the road, and an absolute MUST. I don’t think I can ever head to this area and not hit this place up. As the name states ‘Asiago’ is the home of the famous cheese, and this amazing place lets you taste as much as you want, and the guys working there will tell you all about it. We tried and purchased a block that was rated ‘best cheese in the entire world’..obviously that was dinner that night! We walked out with about 4 or 5 kilos of cheese, I think we may have gone a little overboard but we honestly couldn’t choose! Definitely worth a stop!
When we left, we drove towards downtown Asiago, found a parking lot and just started walking. Thats honestly my favorite thing to do in new places, just get lost a little, and stop along the way. Which is exactly what we did! We enjoyed some gelato at Pasticceria Lievore, vino for myself 😉 and window shopped, it was so much fun and actually a really relaxing day with the kids.
By this point it was dinner time, so we hopped back in the car and drove home. I stopped and picked up some bread long the way and it was dinner along with a block of the amazing asiago cheese and a bottle of wine! Perfect end to a perfect day!