Yesterday was little Maddie’s second birthday, so after a decadent morning of cuddling in bed and wet food for breakfast, she got to go somewhere new to celebrate.
Marostica is about 40 minutes north of Vicenza and is a very small, cute town where they host the live chess game every other year. The town is situated on a very steep hill and surrounded by an ancient wall with tiny castles at the top and bottom.
I had been once before with the Spritz Club (and that time was sunny and gorgeous, so I’m including a couple pictures from then), and thought it would be fun to do it again with the Husband and hounds.
Walk across the chess board to the back of the town and down a long cobblestone street. At the end you’ll see a church at the top of some steps. Turn left, and what looks like a dead end is actually the entrance to the path up the hill.
It’s not a long hike, but it is very steep so wear your best hiking shoes. It took us about half an hour to the top. Since it was a dreary day we didn’t meet anyone else along the way and Hazel got to be off-leash most of the time. (Maddie isn’t allowed off-leash because she’s too naughty, even though she was the Birthday Girl.)
At the top of the hill, you’ll find an entrance in the wall and a restaurant on the other side. Just to the right of the restaurant are stairs to climb up onto the wall, where you’ll find some fantastic views, although there are some great views from the parking lot too. (If you’re lucky enough to have a clear day, of course.
We took the less-steep way back down, which is to follow the road around the back of the hill and then find the walking path to the right. I was very glad we chose this route because the girls got to meet a whole bunch of goats. It was a very exciting day.
Happy Birthday Madelyn! You’re 2!
PS – We haven’t been up to much because the Husband can’t travel for a few weeks, but we have an exciting trip planned for next month, and possibly the end of this month. Stay tuned!