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Asiago Altopiano | Prealps

ASIAGO ALTOPIANO MOUNTAINS | PREALPS

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Above the towns of Theine, Breganze, and Marostrica sits the Altopiano (plateau) dei Sette Comuni, commonly known as the Altopiano di Asiago. The area was the stage for several battles during the First World War (for example Ortigara and Cengio and, beyond the plateau, toward the west, Cimone and Pasubio). Asiago is located in the Vicenza Province of the Veneto Region.

The plateau, which is easily reached from Vicenza and Padua offers unlimited possibilities to explore and relax. Great hiking and Mountain Biking in the Summer, in the vicinity of Asiago the most developed towns are, to the east, Gallio, Foza, and Enego; to the west Roana. Canove, Cesuna, and Rotzo; and to the south Conco and Lusiana. In the winter the area is a world class cross country ski area and Alpine ski resorts.

Asiago Mountains, Prealps Italy

The plateau appears unexpectedly to those ascending from the plain along the steep winding road: broad horizons (ensuring about nine hours of sunlight even during winter), large meadows, towns with tall bell towers and a crown of peaks. Ortigara, Cima Caldiera, Portule, Cima Undici, Cima Dodici that were the battlefields of fierce fighting during World War I and are now the destination of excursions retracing history amongst trenches, forts and battlements.

The Plateau is a district including the municipalities of Asiago, Rotzo, Roana, Conco, Lusiana, Gallio, Foza and Enego.

Asiago is a tourist area with a modern appearance, as well as being one of the cross-country skiing capitals of Italy. The well kept historic center and the spectacular landscape surrounding it make this town one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer tourism.

Rotzo is the oldest municipality of the Plateau, as witnessed by the church of Santa Margherita, founded around the year 1000, and by some prehistoric sites such as Bostel, where an interesting Archaeological Track has been created. The town is known for its excellent potatoes, which are grown in dozens of gardens surrounding the town.

The town of Roana is divided into six characteristic hamlets called the Six Belltowers. The Cuchi Museum, located in the hamlet of Cesuna, holds a collection of over 5,000 handcrafted terracotta whistles and tells the long history of these symbols of celebration and joy.

Gallio is visited above all for its sport facilities, such as the ski-jump hill, used by international champions. Foza is located amongst the forests and its houses are decorated with frescoes painted by artists from all over Italy who were invited to decorate the town with their works.

The small towns of Lusiana and Conco are ideal destinations for summer vacations, due to their stable dry climate and enviable sunny location.

Enego is located at the extremity of the Plateau, a mountain village surrounded by the spectacular mountain chain of the Dolomites, Mount Grappa, Mount Lisser, Cima XI, Cima XII and Mount Ortigara.

The town of Asiago, like all other countries of the Plateau, has been directly affected by the events of World War I: during the Strafexpedition was completely destroyed.The city was rebuilt soon after the end of hostilities.The Military Memorial of Asiago contains the remains of 60,000 Italian soldiers and Austrian ossuary monument, built on the hill Leiten after the war to collect the remains of fallen soldiers in three years of bitter fighting, has become along with Pasubio, Monte Grappaand Tonezza, a symbol for the province of Vicenza.

MAIN TOWNS AROUND ASIAGO MOUNTAIN GROUP

  • Bassano del Grappa
  • Marostica
  • Thiene
  • Asiago
  • Gaillio
  • Borgo Valsugana

MAIN PEAKS IN THE ASIAGO MOUNTAINS

BIKE TOUR ROUTS IN THE ASIAGO MOUNTAINS

RIFUGIO (MOUNTAIN HUTS) IN THE ASIAGO MOUNTAINS

Conco | Vicenza Province

CONCO | VICENZA PROVINCE

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The town of Conco (“Kunken” in Cimbrian) is located in the South-East of the  Asiago Plateau. In 1796 it became independent from the city of Lusiana, becoming thus the eighth of the 7 Municipalities of the Plateau. The territory includes a variety of landscapes ranging from plains to the foothills of the Prealps, and is influenced by different climates.

 Conco is famous for its reserves of marble and for some typical crops, including dandelion and celery cultivated in the surroundings of the village of Rubbio. Apart from Rubbio, the county of Conco includes also the villages of Fontanelle, Gomarolo, Tortima and Santa Caterina.

Two of the most important sights to see are the Painted Quarry and the Inhabited Quarry, by the artist Tony Zarpellon.

The Palazzon, the so-called “fortified house”, has a peculiar architecture that is also worth seeing. It is located near the top of Mount Caina, a remote corner of the Asiago Plateau 1000 metres above sea level that looks like a bow of a big ship leaning towards the plain.

From Mount Caina you can see Bassano del Grappa, a large part of the Valsugana Valley and a huge portion of the Venetian Plain; you can also see the Lessinian, the Euganean Hills, the lagoon of Venice and, on clear days, the Apennines. Monte Grappa is also located not far away from here.

The Palazzon represents an interesting historical site. Historians are almost certain that it used to be a fortified house at the time of Venetian domination, with a lookout post and a small garrison; the foundation could date back to the XIV or XV century.

However, considering the extraordinary location, it is also reasonable to suppose a previous construction, dating back to the Roman times. This theory is supported by the presence, in San Nazario (not far from here), of the Roman fortification Pian di Castel. Actually, the few remains of Pian di Castel are today part of a very old house characterized by a particular architecture, with beautiful vaulted ceilings on the ground floor and a very unique porch. Inside one can see the columns made in traditional Roman style, which used to support ceiling of the barn. The building, once used as storage and later as a stable, belongs to a private person and unfortunately is in a poor state of preservation.

Enego | Vicenza Province

ENEGO | VICENZA PROVINCE

enego asiago altopiano

The town of Enego (“Ghenebe” in Cimbrian) is located in the North-West of the Plateau. In the centre of the town square you can still admire the Scala Tower. Built around 1300, it is the only tower left of the four that were part of the castle belonged to the Scala Family and used by these nobles as a summer residence.

The cathedral in Enego is dedicated to Santa Giustina. From the top of its staircase you can see the whole town. Designed by the architect Francesco Menegazzo in a neo-classical style, it has two bell towers on its sides: one original, and the other one built after the Great War. Inside there is an altar piece by Jacopo Da Ponte, depicting Saint Giustina with Saint Anthony Abbot, Saint Sebastian and Saint Rocco.

There are also still few remains of the old Bastia, a small fortification built by the Romans to defend Vicenza. Today only the base of the tower remains, filled with earth.

Not far from Enego, on the territory of Grigno Valsugana (province of Trento), you can find the Grotta di Ernesto (“Cave of Ernesto”). The karst cave, formed as a result of erosion performed by groundwater, was discovered by chance in 1983 and represents today an archaeological site of great interest, due to the remains found here that testifying the presence of men in the cave. To see the cave, follow these directions: if you drive from Enego, you should take the turn for Frizzone (TN) and follow the signs to Stivai; you can park at the Trattoria Bellavista. The cave is accessible only by guided tours. Here you can make a reservation for visiting the cave:
- in July and August per Tel: 330 521420 (Trattoria Bellavista)
- in May, June and October per Tel: 0461 233730 (Office of Archaeological Heritage of Trento) or Tel: 0461 305040 (Tridentine Museum of Natural Sciences).

Enego is located on the territory of the Marcésina Valley, one of the most fascinating places on the Asiago Plateau, an endless stretch of green plains, unique and untouched, full of meadows, bogs and vegetation, where there are even species of a carnivorous plant. In winter, the vast plain offers plenty of beautiful trails for cross-country skiing.

In the village of Valmaron you can practice down-hill skiing.

In Enego, there are also the Forts of Coldarco and of Lisser, built during the First World War. To reach the Enego region you cross the Valgadena Bridge. This bridge is 175 metres high and is one of the highest viaducts in Italy. From its parapet, you can try bungee jumping, making a jump of 165 metres.

Fort Campolongo Hike | Asiago

HIKING FROM RIFUGIO CAMPOLONGO TO CAMPOLONGO FORT

forte campolongo 

Great one day hike to explore the old forts of the First World War.

HIKING ASIAGO ROUTE NOTES

START POING:Rifugio Campolongo
LENGTH: 5 Km (roundtrip)
WALKING TIME: 3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 180 metres
MAX ELEVATION: 1720 meters a.s.l.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy
 

Starting from Asiago you reach Canove along the State road to Vicenza and at the roundabout takes to Roana (3.5 Km). By Roana cross Mezzaselva and straightness of Rotzo follow the signs towards Monte Verena and chalet at Campomulo, on the right of the intersection where there is the Church. Climb the great paved road until the crossroads on the left clearly visible, to Caicedo.

Car parking point: Parking and Shelter Campolongo

Foza | Vicenza Province

FOZA | VICENZA PROVINCE

Foza asiago altopiano

The small town of Foza (“Vüsche” in Cimbrian) is located on the eastern side of the Plateau. Its territory offers many opportunities for hiking enthusiasts, who can visit attractive trails on Mount Bandenecche and Mount Fior and see the remains of the battlefields and trenches of the Great War.

The Valgadena Bridge connects Foza to Enego. This bridge is 175 metres high and is one of the highest viaducts in Italy. From its parapet, you can try bungee jumping, making a jump of 165 metres.

One of the most fascinating events in Foza is the ancient Feast of the Assumption celebrated every five years (next time it will take place in 2016).

Gallio | Vicenza Province

GALLIO | VICENZA PROVINCE

gallio asiago altopiano

Gallio (“Ghel” in Cimbrian) is located in the central basin of the Plateau together with Asiago and Roana.

The town offers modern ski resorts, equipped with facilities for down-hill skiing - in the areas of Melette and Valbella - cross-country skiing - in Campomulo - and ski jumping - in the Packstall Valley.

You can go hiking along the Path of Silence or the trails in the Valley of Mills, and through the forest of Val di Nos. In Gallio you can also visit the Fossil Museum, where the artefacts from very early ages of the Plateau are presented.

Gallio is also famous for the local Christmas markets, an old tradition, reborn again in our days.

Stoccareddo represents one of the most interesting peculiarities of the territory of Gallio: the inhabitants of this village, due to their exceptional health and immunity to many diseases, become the subject of medical and scientific studies.

Lusiana | Vicenza Province

LUSIANA | VICENZA PROVINCE

lusiana asiago altopiano

Lusiana (“Lusaan” in Cimbrian) is located in the South of the Plateau, in that part of the mountain that gently slopes down, overlooking the Venetian Plain.

The natural beauty and the long history of the region lead to the creation of an Ecomuseum. The other sites worth seeing are: the Park of Sojo in the village of Covolo (with exhibitions of contemporary art between woods and lawns), the educational Valley of the Mills, the Ethnographic Museum, the Prehistoric Village of Mount Corgnon, the Alpine Botanical Garden of Mount Corno and the Trail of Limestone.

Roana | Vicenza Province

ROANA | VICENZA PROVINCE

roana asiago altopiano

The Roana area is called the “land of the six towers” because of the numerous rural centres present around here, each of them with its own bell tower: Canove, Cesuna, Tresché Conca, Mezzaselva, Camporovere and, finally, Roana (“Robaan” in Cimbrian). Roana is one of the towns on the Plateau where ancient Cimbrian traditions are still alive and you can experience them even today on many occasions such as, for example, the ethnic summer festival Hoga Zait.

The territory of Roana includes the Val d'Assa, a deep valley, used in old times as a route for trade and communication. This is an interesting place from an archaeological point of view, since here many petroglyphs from prehistoric times were found. The valley is crossed by a beautiful stone bridge, which was built more than a century ago and represents a great historical and architectural value.

Roana and its surrounding villages offer many attractions ranging from history to art, such as the Museum of the Great War in Canove, the “Cuchi” Museum in Tresché Conca, the Exhibition of local tools in Mezzaselva, the Corbin Fort in Tresché Conca and the Hösle Zeelighen Baiblen, the so-called “house of the saint little women”, a historical place associated with an old legend: it is said that a long time ago, in the large cave on Valdassa lived small women with magical powers. You can find the cave by hiking the trail that starts from the last houses of the village and leads towards Albaredo along the valley of Rust.

Roana is also the home of the Institute of Cimbrian Culture.

The area offers a lot of possibilities for outdoor activities, such as hiking and excursions; there is also a complex for down-hill skiing in Monte Verena, equipped with lifts; as well as a "beach" complex by the Lake Lonaba, recently renovated and equipped with a swimming pool and an acrobatic park.

Rotzo | Vicenza Province

ROTZO | VICENZA PROVINCE

rotzo

The town of Rotzo (“Rotzo” in Cimbrian) is located on the West side of the Asiago Plateau. Among the municipalities of the Plateau, Rotzo is the smallest and also the oldest one, according to the findings of the Archaeological Site of Bostel, which are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of the Plateau.

Here you can still find some places where the old legends live and tell us about the history of the region, as for example the Altaburg and the Altar Knotto.

Built around the year 1000, the Church of Saint Margherita is considered to be the oldest church of the Plateau.

Rotzo is famous for cultivation of potatoes of an exceptional quality. Every year on the first weekend of September the “Potato Festival” takes place.

The enthusiasts of cross-country skiing can find beautiful trails in Campolongo.

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