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Altopiano di Asiago

This article is about the settlement in the Province of Vicenza, Italy. For the cheese of the same name, see Asiago cheese.
Asiago
Slege
Comune
Comune di Asiago
Asiago
Asiago
Location of Asiago in Italy

Coordinates: 45°52′N 11°31′E / 45.867°N 11.517°E / 45.867; 11.517Coordinates: 45°52′N 11°31′E / 45.867°N 11.517°E / 45.867; 11.517

Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province Vicenza (VI)
Frazioni Sasso
Area
 • Total 162 km2 (63 sq mi)
Elevation 1,001 m (3,284 ft)
Population (31 August 2008)[1]
 • Total 6,533
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym Asiaghesi / Slegar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36012
Dialing code 0424
Patron saint San Matteo
Saint day 21 September
Website

Asiago (Cimbrian: Slege, German: Schlägen) is the name of both a minor township (population roughly 6,500) and the surrounding plateau region (the Altopiano di Asiago or Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, Asiago plateau) in the Province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. It is near the border between the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol regions in the foothills of the Alps, and about equidistant (100 km) from the major cities of Trento to the west and Vicenza to the south.

The Asiago region is the origin of Asiago cheese. The town was the site of a major battle between Austrian and Italian forces on the Alpine Front of World War I. It is a major ski resort destination as well as the site of the Astrophysical Observatory of Asiago, operated by the University of Padua.

Culture

Until the middle of the nineteenth century many of the people of Asiago spoke Cimbrian, an ancient German dialect.

Asiago is the birthplace of author Mario Rigoni Stern, and features prominently in his stories. It is also described in Emilio Lussu's A Year on the Altopiano.

Battle of Asiago

The Battle of Asiago (Battle of the Plateaux) was a counter-offensive launched by the Austro-Hungarians on the Italian Front on May 1916, during World War I. It was an unexpected attack that took place near Asiago (now in northeast Italy, then on the Italian side of the border between the Kingdom of Italy and Austria-Hungary). Commemorating this battle and the fallen soldiers of World War I is the Asiago War Memorial, a monument and museum that is a popular site for visitors to the area.[2]

Ernest Hemingway fought here. In a later engagement in 1918, Edward Brittain, brother of Vera Brittain, was killed and was buried in the Granezza British military cemetery on the plateau. In 1970 Vera's ashes were scattered on his grave.

Sport

The city is home to HC Asiago, a professional ice hockey team currently playing in the country's top division, Serie A1.

The Asiago Vipers, also based in Asiago, are a professional inline hockey team. The team plays in the highest Italian inline league.

References

External links

  • Official site (Italian)
  • Asiago plateau (Italian English German)
  • General information (English)
  • Battle of Asiago (English)
  • Astrophysical Observatory of Asiago (English)
  • Asiago on The Campanile Project
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