Discovering Veneto

Discover Prosecco Road

The Prosecco Wine Route from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene
This road winds around through the hills cultivated with vineyards between Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto and Valdobbiadene.
The itinerary can be done in one or more days, it is worth spending the night to experience the beauty of these utterly peaceful areas, maybe taking the time to visit some wineries
Conegliano, besides being an important industrial center, is a city with a historical heritage to discover. Elegant buildings with decorated facades flank Via XX Settembre dating back between the 15th and 17th centuries. Along the way is the frescoed loggia of the Scuola dei Battuti (the interior hall is also very beautiful) and the Duomo. The latter contains important works of art including a splendid altarpiece by Giambattista Cima. The Castle sits in a dominant position on the hill. One of its towers is home to Conegliano's Museo Civico.
The Prosecco Wine Route departs from the castle and runs along the ridges of the hills to San Pietro di Feletto, where there is a pretty Romanesque parish church from the 12th century. The road continues through a gentle landscape of grapevines and patrician villas until reaching Refrontolo, a town in a scenic position on the plains with mountains surrounding it. Don't miss the romantic scene of the Molinetto della Croda, an old 16th century watermill set in the rocks next to a large waterfall which drives the wheel. The watermill has been restored and is open for visits. From the watermill the road continues climbing in a beautiful landscape of grapevines clinging to high uneven hills, visitors cannot help but be dazzled by this scene that human ingeniousness has managed to wrest from nature.
The route continues to Follina, a town with ancient origins, where the Santa Maria Abbey, built in the 12th century in late Romanesque style, stands among attractive 16th and 17th buildings. The abbey was founded by a group of Cistercian monks who started a prosperous wool processing business here. The exterior of the church is simple and reflects the stylistic canons of the Cistercian order; the large wooden portals and central rose window are remarkable. The interior is filled with frescoes and works of art: the high altar contains the very old statue of the Madonna del Sacro Calice, from Nubia, dating back to the 4th century AD. The statue is the protagonist of a miraculous story that still today attracts pilgrims as a sign of devotion. The most fascinating spot for visitors are certainly the cloisters, which form an ambiance of rare charm.
The Prosecco Wine Route continues towards Valdobbiadene in a landscape featuring vineyards and chestnut woods. You reach what is the epitome of the Prosecco area, the area of the treasured Cartizze spumante between the villages of Santo Stefano, San Pietro and Saccol. Here is where the most beautiful views of the Prosecco Wine Route are found, from the main road, lookouts open over the vineyards below in a breathtaking spectacle. The area contains the highest concentration of wineries, many of which are open for visits. The road ends here in Valdobbiadene, a town located in a green valley at the foot of the pre-alp foothills and overlooking the Piave riverbed. In the center there is a large square surrounded by Neoclassical buildings including the Duomo, Municipality and majestic 18th century campanile. The city suffered heavy bombing during World War I when it was the seat of the Austrian-Hungarian command. Today it is the capital of Italian spumante and hosts the annual Forum dello Spumante in the splendid Villa dei Cedri.
Leaving from Follina, it is possible to make a 15 km detour to Vittorio Veneto, a city filled with history and culture. The road runs along the valley passing the town of Cison di Valmarino, dominated by the Renaissance Brandolini castle, which has been renovated and can be visited. A major Artigianato (Home-made) festival is held in Cison di Valmarino every August. Continuing on you encounter the villages along the Laghi di Revine, with typical rural houses built in local stone.
The road finally reaches Vittorio Veneto, the city which is the symbol of Italy's victory in World War I. Vittorio is divided into two separate centers: Serravalle and Ceneda.
Serravalle - enclosed by the mountains - your visit can start from Piazza Flaminio, where the most beautiful homes of the noble families are located and in the surrounding streets lined with medieval buildings and churches. The Duomo dominates the square, its interior was decorated by Canaletto and contains a masterpiece by Tiziano. A lovely stroll starts from behind the Duomo: a stairway which takes around 20 min. to climb to the Sanctuary of S. Augusta. Here the wiev is fabolous.
Ceneda, old-Bishop town. Here Piazza della Cattedrale contains the Cathedral, Loggia del Cenedese and Villa Papadopoli. A scenic path from the square leads to the 15th century Castello di S. Martino.

… Not only WINES

The Collalto Family
This is a story of a family who arrived in the north of Italy more than 1 000 years ago, and who settled in the village of Susegana, which is a mere 60 km from Venice. They became a part of, and were leading figures, in all the major events, which shaped the history and the future of this region.

The centrepiece of the Collalto family’s vast 1500 hectares Estate is the magnificent and ancient San Salvatore Castle, which straddles and dominates the whole horizon on the hills above Susegana, near Venice in Italy.

Vittorio Veneto and the victory of the First World War.
Vittorio Veneto is centrally located for touring the trenches of the Great War and also to monuments, memorials and WWI cemeteries. It is also central for visits to Venice, to the art cities of Veneto and to the Dolomites, for this reason is the city most suitable for a week's holiday
On October 26, 1917, the Italian army collapsed at Caporetto: Italy had not lost a battle, but had lost the war: the entire Friuli and the eastern Veneto occupied by enemy armies; the Italian army completely disintegrated. On the front also came the famous “ragazzi del 99”, boys born in 1899. General Diaz, who replaced General Cadorna, restored confidence to the troops. The Italian army was now firmly lined up on river Piave, and ready to defend themselves to the last man. The Allies , British, French, Czechs, Americans, lined up on the shore of river Adige, because they were convinced that the line of the Piave river would collapse. It was not so. The Italian troops were able to resist the strong Austrian attacks in June 1918. After this It was the great Battle of Vittorio Veneto. After 5 days of hard battles the Austro-Hungarian army was forced to withdraw up to Vittorio Veneto: October 30th the city was liberated.
Ernest Hemingway showed up as a volunteer to go fight in Europe with the “American Expeditionary Corps” under General Pershing. He was enrolled as ambulance driver of the American Red Cross and was sent on the bank of the river Piave, near Fossalta. He participated in the defeat of Caporetto, witnessing the tragedy of the retreat of an army destroyed.
From this decisive experience was born his great novel A farewell to arms, many scenes of the last version of the movie were shooted in Vittorio Veneto.

The Trenches of the Dolomites - “Memories” of the First World War

The war on the Dolomites took place in trenches scraped out of the rock on the hillsides. Often Italian trenches faced Austrian ones a few meters. It was a war of patience and waiting, but when the troops attacked, the battle caused thousands of deaths. The trenches are exactly as the soldiers had left them.
The TOUR of the trenches is surely a very interesting.
They are located near Vittorio Veneto just above Cortina d'Ampezzo, one part to Falzarego Lagazuoi and the other to Monte Piana, near the Tre Cime di Lavaredo above the Passo Tre Croci and Lake Misurina.
We recommend to visit also Monte Piana, so you can make one single excursion on the beautiful Dolomites and there you can enjoy the view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. On the way back you can stop in Cortina for one hour stroll among people and to browse in its beautiful shops.
A road for Austrian soldiers of 1917 - It’s a fascinating "memoir" of WW1
Still connects Vittorio Veneto with the valley of the Piave, Feltre and Belluno
It was built for military needs in 100 days, by the Austrian Sappers Engineers under the command of Colonel N. Waldmann during the winter of 1917, with the work of Russian prisoners and the women of Tovena, a small town in the municipality of Cison di Valmarino.

Keep an eye on

  • Easy transportation to the neighboring Venetian art history cities Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Belluno, Treviso, Asolo
  • Easy transfer to the airports Venice Marco Polo and Venice Treviso
  • Easy one day car trips to the sandy beaches of Jesolo, Caorle, Bibione, Lignano
  • Easy one day car trips to Cortina d’ Ampezzo, to Misurina, to Auronzo and everywhere on the Dolomites
  • A wonderful forest on the Cansiglio, with a golf course of 18 holes
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