World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Altopiano di Asiago

Article Id: WHEBN0001794081
Reproduction Date:

Title: Altopiano di Asiago  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Veneto, Dolomites, Roman Catholic Diocese of Padua, Military history of Italy during World War I
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

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.
Comune di 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
 • 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

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.


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.


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.


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
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.