We spent the day in the ancient city of Asolo, then traveled down the road to the mind-altering Villa Barbaro, a 16th Century masterpiece created by the architect Andrea Palladio. Anyone can purchase tickets to view Barbaro, but we were lucky enough to walk through the villa’s rooms with the home’s owner, Vittorio Dalle Ore, trailed by his beautiful dog, one of six descended from the dogs that appear in Veronese’s frescoes on the walls. (Mr. Dalle Ore gave us rare permission to photograph the Veronese paintings and rooms as we strolled.)
Exhilarated and exhausted by our tour, we drove to our apartment in Treviso, where our local host, Vern Willey, made Truck Driver Pasta, translated from the Italian. It’s quick, fresh, and remarkably delicious if you find good summer tomatoes.
Don’t miss the food, wines, people, and architecture in Treviso and Asolo.