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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Albergo Roma Castelfranco Veneto

Smart, good value hotel is a great base for exploring cities and countryside of the Veneto

Stylish hotel in centre of Castelfranco
NOTE -- Unfortunately, because of a fire at the hotel in 2014, this hotel is currently closed.  As yet, there is no date for reopening.

If you are looking for a good, reasonably priced hotel in the heart of the Veneto region, consider a stay at the Albergo Roma in Castelfranco Veneto.
This comfortable, three star Best Western hotel is right in the centre of Castelfranco, overlooking the ancient walls that surround the oldest part of the city.
It is also close to the railway station, from where there are regular services to Venice, Padova and other towns in the Veneto.
The Albergo Roma has a smart reception area, a large breakfast room serving a generous buffet breakfast (included in the room price) and meeting rooms and conference facilities for the use of business travellers.
 All 82 guest rooms have stylish en suite bathrooms, satellite television and wi-fi.
Editor’s note: “The friendly staff made me feel at home immediately. I loved being able to spend the day in great cities such as Venice and Padova, but return to the smaller town of Castelfranco, with its more intimate atmosphere, each evening.”

Why stay at Albergo Roma in Castelfranco Veneto?

The redbrick 12th century walls
Albergo Roma is right in the centre of Castelfranco Veneto, which is a smart, prosperous city with a wealth of good shops, restaurants and bars.
The surrounding cities of Treviso, Padova, Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa no longer pose a military threat and Castelfranco’s immense, redbrick rampart walls now guard only the Giorgione masterpiece inside the Duomo.
But the city’s strategic, central position makes it a great base for exploring the beautiful Veneto region, with its famous art cities and green countryside studded with Palladian villas and pretty villages.

What to see near Albergo Roma in Castelfranco Veneto

The hotel is close to the lively Piazza Giorgione, where you can sit outside one of the bars and feast your eyes on the imposing 12th century defensive walls surrounding the historic centre, which is known to locals as Castello.
The dark red brickwork has faded to pale pink in places and the towers have weeds growing out of them but you can still see why the walls behind the moat kept neighbouring armies at bay.
If you go through the walls at Via Garibaldi and walk past the 18th century Teatro Accademico you will reach Piazza San Liberale and the pink and white Duomo. To the right of the altar is the jewel in Castelfranco’s crown, Enthroned Madonna and Child with St Francis and St Nicasio by local artist Giorgione. As one of only a handful of paintings definitely attributable to the Renaissance genius, it is amazing that it has remained above the tomb for which it was originally commissioned.
At nearby Casa Giorgione you can see the frieze in a first floor room that makes experts believe the house was the artist’s birthplace. Study the objects and scrolls he is thought to have painted as a youngster and join in the long running debate about their meaning. Some see the frieze as a reference to the frailty of the human condition - grimly prophetic for someone who was to die at 30 during an outbreak of plague in Venice . 

Directions: Albergo Roma is in Via Fabio Filzi, 39. It is a short walk or taxi ride from the railway station in Via Melchiori. Castelfranco Veneto is 27 km from Treviso, 30 km from Padova and 44 km from Venice . 

Restaurant Recommendation: Osteria al Castello

Eating outside Osteria al Castello
To try dishes typical of the Veneto visit this friendly, family run osteria within a short walk of Albergo Roma. Go through the ancient walls from Via Fabio Filzi and walk down Via Francesco Maria Preti. Osteria al Castello is on the right at the end of the street under la Torre dell’Orologio. Eat either outside or inside and try specialities such as trippe (tripe), baccala (salt cod) or seppie (cuttlefish). Closed Tuesdays.

Local specialities: Make sure you try the famous Castelfranco variegate, a special type of radicchio, which is served as a vegetable or in pasta and risotto. Look out for the popular local dish, risi e bisi (rice with peas), cooked Castelfranco style with cheese.

Local wines: Sparkling: If you are a fan of Prosecco, the Veneto’s light, dry sparkling white wine, you will enjoy a trip along the road between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, 40 km of gentle hills with ancient hamlets and wineries offering the opportunity to taste Prosecco DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) the stamp of quality given to the best wines.
Editor’s note: “In my opinion Prosecco is better than Champagne .”
White: You will see Pinot Bianco and Soave on many wine lists.
Red: Merlot, Bardolino and Valpolicella are all produced in the Veneto.

Shopping: There are designer clothes shops and shoe shops in Piazza Giorgione but if you want something unusual to take back with you, look out for a small shop selling antiques and bric a brac in Via Garibaldi opposite the Teatro Accademico.


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