Bassano Romano is a small town in the province of Viterbo, north of Rome. The town center still looks medieval and its picturesque main square is surrounded by a number of historically interesting buildings.
Bassano Romano (province of Viterbo) travel guide
To drive from Rome to Bassano Romano you either take the SS2bis (Via Cassia) or the SS493.
Tourist Attractions Bassano Romano
The Maria Santissima Assunta is an 18th century Romanesque church. Of the original facade only the bell-tower is left.
The Palazzo Giustiniani-Odescalchi is also located in the main square.
At the end of the Via Maria Giustiniani stands the Church of San Filippo Neri, which was constructed by order of Cardinal Benedetto Giustiniani (1635).
The Church of San Gratiliano Martire is located out of the immediate town center. It used to be in the countryside, but because of the city’s expansion, it is now the center of a garden.
The 16th century church of San Vincenzo, now Santuario del Volto di Gesu.
Events and festivals Bassano Romano
The most important festivals in Bassano Romano are the Festa della Madonna della Pietà and the feast in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Gratiliano. Once a year, a 17th century market is recreated under the name Mercatini del ‘600.
Madonna della Pietà Festival
The most important festival held in the city is the Festa della Madonna della Pietà, a tradition that started in the 19th century. The so-called Macchina della Madonna della Pietà is carried through the city center by four men. Eight, alternating, groups are neede, since the colossus weighs 300 kilograms. Inside the macchina is a painting depicting a tearful Madonna. The women participating in the procession are barefoot. The macchina itself has not changed substantially since 1874.
San Gratiliano (August 12th)
Aug. 12 is the feast day of San Gratiliano, the city’s patron saint since the 16th century, when his head, until then kept in Ronciglione, was carried to Bassano Romano by a hermit from that city. The hermit had dreamed that an angel urged him to do this.
Blessing of the Animals
On the name day of Sant’Antonio the town’s carnival is held, which begins with the blessing of the animals, a tradition observed in many towns in the area.
Reenactment of 17th century market
On the first weekend in July, the Mercatini del ‘600 (“Markets of the 17th Century”) take place. As the name suggests, the entire center of the city is taken up by stalls (bancarelle), made of simple materials and selling mostly food, household objects and artworks made by local artisans. Everyone is in costume.
Music festivals held in Bassano Romano are the Rockfest! (from 2003) and the Metal Crusade Festival (from 2009).