Check Marostica!

Marostica is a little town in the Veneto region of northern Italy, in the province of Vicenza. It is a picturesque place, located with the Veneto plain on one side and green hills to the north. Marostica’s own hill is crowned with a large ruined castle; defensive walls descend to enclose the hillside and the town centre below in a protective embrace.

Marostica bills itself as the ‘City of Chess’: every two years a medieval-themed festival is held here, when a giant chess game is enacted with human chess-pieces. This takes place in the town square, Piazza del Castello, where the paving marks out a huge chessboard.The Chess Game (Partita a Scacchi di Marostica) takes place in even-numbered years on the second weekend in September.

In odd-numbered years the town hosts a chess tournament instead. The story which is re-enacted during the ‘living’ game, which involves scores of costumed participants and human chess-pieces, is of a local ruler with a beautiful daughter. She had two suitors but rather than letting them fight a duel, the lord proposed a chess match with the winner receiving her hand in marriage and the loser marrying her younger sister.

It is an interesting event and is a must watch while you are visiting Italy during this time of the year. It is suggested that you hire a car to go around the place and check out the surrounding areas of Marostica, like Bassano del Grappa and Vicenza.

Car Rental Italy provides cars and mini vans on hire. Touring through the place also gives you a chance to explore every detail. Renting a car is the best way to tour through the place. Some internet browsing can get you to economical packages offered by different car rentals with their quotations. A quick search can also get you a chance to compare various packages offered by and the privileges offered by them on car rentals.

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