Bassano Romano City Guide

Piazza Umberto I Bassano Romano

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.

Top 10 Attractions Bassano Romano

The central square of Bassano Romano is the Piazza Umberto I, which owes its current appearance to renovations during the 17th century. Here are, among other things, the Maria Santissima Assunta Church and the Palazzo Giustiniani-Odescalchi. From one side, you have a beautiful view over the town itself.

The Maria Santissima Assunta Church is built against the Palazzo Giustiniani-Odescalchi. The head of the patron saint of the town, San Gratiliano, is kept in a silver bust in the church. It was built in the 15th century, but the current appearance is the result of a renovation in the early 18th century.

The Via Maria Giustiniani is the oldest street of Bassano Romano. It is an extremely narrow and picturesque street that connects the two old entrance gates to the historic center of the town.

On the Piazza della Puiarella, a picturesque square at the end of a side street of the Via Maria Giustiniani, stands the Palazzo Savelli. This former town hall, which also served as a prison, is now privately owned.

The Oratory of the Brotherhood of the Most Holy Trinity (Confraternita della Santissima Trinità) is also located on Via Maria Giustiniani. Highlights include some 15th-century frescoes and a banner from the 17th century painted on both sides.

The Borgo San Filippo Neri is located outside the medieval city gate and is the result of a city renewal carried out by Prince Andrea Giustiniani in the 17th century. In the San Filippo Neri and Maria Santissima della Pietà Church are two copies to see of which the originals painted by Guido Reni can be seen in churches in Rome.

The San Gratiliano Martire Church used to stand freely in the countryside, but is now the center of a new city district. The church was built in the 16th century. The main attraction is the painted pillars in the apse.

Santo Volto del Gesu or San Vincenzo Martire Church in Bassano Romano

The San Vincenzo Martire Church is located on a hill outside the city center of Bassano Romano. The current name is Volto Santo di Gesù Church and there is a statue made by Michelangelo that is called Christ the Redeemer (sometimes also the Crossbearer). The church was originally intended as a kind of mausoleum for the Giustiniani family.

The Santa Maria dei Monti Church is located in the Via Oriolo in the city center. This small church was built in the 15th century. Highlights include some remnants of antique frescoes and a “Madonna with Child” in the apse. A special mass is celebrated every year, concluding a procession that started at the parish church of Bassano. Near the church is an impressive beech forest, with a picnic spot.

The Ponte delle Vaschie was built in 1738 by order of Prince Vincenzo Giustiniani. The purpose of the bridge was to create a connection with the surrounding countryside and especially the San Vincenzo Church. In the middle of the bridge is a small aedicula with a majolica “Madonna with Child” by the artist Bartolomeo Terchi. From the Ponte delle Vaschie that bridges the valley, one has a beautiful view of the back of the Santa Maria Assunta Church.

General information Bassano Romano

Driving directions

To drive from Rome to Bassano Romano you either take the SS2bis (Via Cassia) or the SS493.

How to get to Bassano Romano by public transport

There are Co.Tra.L buses from the Saxa Rubra station in Rome. To get to Saxa Rubra, you take the Roma Nord line from the Flaminio metro station (line A).

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

Festivals Bassano Romano
The Macchina is being carried through the streets of Bassano.

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

Music festivals held in Bassano Romano are the Rockfest! (from 2003) and the Metal Crusade Festival (from 2009).

Bassano Romano, province of Viterbo

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