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Beer in Boot-Shaped Glasses

Bassanese love to spend their time out of the house and in each other's company, and Bassano is flush with spots to enjoy an espresso, linger over a beer with buddies, or indulge in a grappa-tasting marathon. On the main piazza, Caffè Danieli, Piazza Garibaldi 39 (tel. 0424-529-322), retains its stuccoed ceilings and chandeliers from 1927. The beer, according to "an old, old tradition," is served in boot-shaped glasses, and there are lots of tables out on the square.

There are plenty of places on Piazza Garibaldi to grab a gelato, but most of the action is down by the Ponte degli Alpini. At the base of Via Gamba sits Birreria da Ponte, no. 1 (tel. 0424-521-613), with Spaten on tap, toasted sandwiches, beam ceilings, and tables spilling down the marble steps toward the bridge. Across the street at no. 4 is Al Saiso (tel. 0424-521-838), bigger than its cozy neighbor, with more food (bruschette along with panini) and a better view down the bridge from outdoor tables.

For the best vistas, however, cross to the spare, crowded Taverna al Ponte, Via Angarano 2 (tel. 0424-503-662), flush against the far end of the ponte with a tiny balcony of three tables overhanging the river in the shade of the bridge.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.