The Human Chess Game

The Human Chess Game

Length of stay:  3 days / 2 nights

7th-8th-9th September 2012
Marostica (VI)

Also in 2012, the famous Human Chess Game of Marostica is represented on the great marble chessboard in the Castle square.

This antique event takes place every second week end of September on even numbered years and it involves over 600 characters wearing medieval clothes. The story of the Chess Game dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetian Republic and when two brave soldiers, Rinaldo da Angarano and Viero da Vallonara, fell desperately in love with the beautiful Lionora, daughter of the Lord of Marostica. To determine who would win her hand in marriage, they decided to fight a duel, as was the custom at the time.

A dive into the historical and folkloristic tradition of the Veneto region, with the opportunity to discover its local tastes and flavours… from the past until now!


1st day – Wednesday
Arrival in Marostica (Vicenza) in the afternoon and meeting with our personal staff.
Dinner in a local restaurant with typical products.
Accommodation on the numbered seats (central stand).
At 9.00 p.m., the Chess Game starts in Piazza degli Scacchi.
End of the performance and overnight stay at the hotel.

2nd day – Saturday
Breakfast buffet at the hotel and guided tour in the historical centre of Marostica (VI). Possible nature trail to arrive at the
Upper Castle and admire the wonderful panorama.
Departure for Bassano del Grappa (VI) for a walk through the historical centre with the famous Old Bridge, called ‘Ponte degli Alpini’.
Visit to Museo della Grappa Poli (a Grappa Museum set up by the Poli family) with tasting.
Lunch in a restaurant with a special menu with local products of the Veneto region.
Free-time for shopping in the centre.
Later, departure for a visit to a cellar of the territory with tasting of wine, olive oil, tipycal cheese and salami.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

3rd day – Sunday
Breakfast buffet in hotel and, on request, personalized programmes for Sunday.

Minimum number of participants: 20 people.
Price per person includes: 1 ticket for the Chess Game (Friday evening in central stand), 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 2 tastings, guided tour of the historical centre of Marostica, 2 overnight stays with breakfast in a 3*** hotel. Rates are considered in double rooms.
Price does not include: tips, extras, transport and any other service not listed in the entry “price per person includes”.