We had a slow, easy day around Bassano. Coffee and a stroll around town. There are flags EVERYWHERE to welcome the "Penne Nero" who are coming to town next weekend. They are a military group from the mountains, and apparently it will be mass crowds of these "alpini". We will be farther north by then sipping prosecco, but I love the flags in every window!
We took a short drive outside of Bassano for lunch at Ristorante Melograno. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, (around 80), and every curve of the road brought a new beautiful view.
We had pasta for lunch on the terrace. Panzarotti with fungi for me, and tagliatelle with zucchini and agastino for Brad:
After lunch, we were invited to stop by Rosalia and Roberto's home to say good-bye.
We were very lucky to have friends to help us out. We were almost on empty, so we stopped for gas about a kilometer from their house. It was Sunday, so only self-service was available. The machine spit back out credit card saying non "Italiano carto di credito", then ATE the first 20 euro Brad put in. We REALLY needed gas, and were annoyed that it took our money and we were still on empty! I called Rosalia, and in 2 minutes she and Roberto came to the rescue. They took our receipt, and gave us 20 euro, assuring us, they could get gas with it on Monday when the station was open.
It was lucky to have friends in small Italian towns! Then Rosalia took us to another gas station where everything worked, and we visited briefly with them and their daughter Livinia at their home.
After "un piccolo pisolino" (a little nap), we visited this Bassano landmark:
Some wine and chips, then gelato, made for a great dinner!