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Asolina Hills and Montello Wine Zones in Treviso Province

ASOLINA AND MONTELLO HILLS WINE ZONES, TREVISO

Asolo, Italy

This Asolo Hills and Montello is located in the Treviso Province and made up from the foothills on the right bank of the Piave river, rising up from Montello to the slopes of the Grappa peaks.

D.O.C. white wines are, Montello e Colli Asolani Chardonnay, Montello e Colli Asolani Pinot bianco, Montello e Colli Asolani Pinot grigio (also as spumante), Montello e Colli Asolani Prosecco (also as sparkling and spumante).

D.O.C. red wines are, Montello e Colli Asolani Rosso, Montello e Colli Asolani Cabernet, Montello e Colli Asolani Cabernet franc, Montello e Colli Asolani Cabernet Sauvignon and Montello e Colli Asolani Merlot (all also as superior).

The area is more typically associated with the history of WWI. At the foot of the Grappa Mountain, Valcavasia is home to Possagno, the birthplace of Antonio Canova who was buried here in a Temple that he himself designed. The house where he was born and the famous Gipsoteca gallery of plaster casts, which hosts a number of reproductions of his work, are open to visitors.

To the south is Montello, an oak wood dating to the era of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, that has inspired writers and poets through the ages: from Monsignor Della Casa who was inspired in the mid seventeenth century to write his renowned "Galateo of Manners", to the recent poems by Andrea Zanzotto.

The Asolo hills lie between the mountains and the river, and cradle the town dominated by the Medieval fortress and which is scored by alleyways, palaces and porticos housing works of great historical, artistic and cultural value, much loved by intellectuals around the world.

Main attractions such as the winged lion of Saint Mark towering above the sixteenth-century fountain can be seen in the square, which also provides access to the Castle, once the home of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, to the Palazzo della Ragione and the Cathedral. Dante mentioned these delightful lands in the Divine Comedy and Giorgione painted them in the sixteenth century.

This territory is marked by gently rolling hills and plains that run from the river to the mountain with rows of vineyards that alternate with coppice woods. Here important villas designed by Palladio such as the famous Villa Barbaro in Maser can be seen, and typical local products are available to try. The area's features prompted the realization of the Strada del Vino (Wine Road), the most recent of those recognised by the Veneto Region.

Bike Touring From Asolo to Castelfranco | Treviso

BIKE TOURING FROM ASOLO TO CASTELFRANCO VENETO | TREVISO

asolo villa contarini

Asolo to Castelfranco Veneto Route Map

Enjoy some of the treasures of the Marca Trevigiana ( Treviso Province), smaller towns, but full of charm. We will ride through walled cities, see masterpieces of and Palladio's famous villas, enjoy great wine and food, and relax in the square one of Italy's quaintest hill towns Asolo. We work our way across the flat plain to the gentle landscape of the hills north of Treviso.

HIGHLIGHTS

ROUTE PROFILE AND DETAILS

Asolo to Castelfranco Veneto Route Profile

  • Length - 19 miles Difficulty Level All levels
  • Start point -Asolo town center
  • Start Elevation - 685 feet
  • Max Elevation -685 feet
  • Elevation Gain - 215 feet

Beyond the Bike

  • Villa's
  • Processo Wine
  • Medieval history and walled cities

Bike Touring the Montebelluno Area | Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE MONTELLO HILL OF MONTEBELLUNO

Prosecco hills and montello hill treviso

Located north of Venice is the small provincial city of Montebellluno, at some great bike routes to explore during your next visit to the Veneto. There are five specific itineraries for avid cyclists to enjoy; each route is signposted with colour-coded signs to help you navigate the route. Stopping by the local information tourist office in Montebelluno you will find an information booklet detailing the routes.

The great things about the routes are that they are within some of the Veneto's riches cultural areas and agricultural centres. Whether you like to visit stately villas or to sample some good quality wines these routes will appeal to all active vacationers. Choose a route and do a one-day activity or find lodging and explore all five of the routes available.

These routes are designed for well-trained cyclists and the variety of terrain being written over the five routes makes this area a perfect one week training center. The starting points are designed for local cyclist or for those with a car. However, it is very easy to link into the route from Montebelluno, it is easy to adjust distance-based upon fitness levels. You will find all the roads will maintain an asphalted with appropriate signs, most roads are secondary roads where there is less traffic.

Overview of the Routes

How to get there:

You can reach Montebelluno by Train from Venice.  Trains run daily about every hour and you either go to Padova or Treviso to make a change.  Travel time is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Bike Touring the Prosecco Wine Roads Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE PROSECCO WINE ROADS | TREVISO PROVINCE

Bike Tour Italy, Prosecco wine road

The hillsides of the Prosecco Wine zone display themselves to the visitor as a cadenced sequence of slopes, embroidered with vineyards. Within this complex patchwork of vineyards, you also will find many monuments of the past, such as castles, parish churches and abbeys, all of which express the vivid history of an area that has undergone continuous change.

There are many reasons for choosing to visit the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area as an active holiday destination: apart from fascinating towns that are rich in art, history and culture, the zone also offers a large number of wine shops, restaurants, trattoria and other premises in which one can savour the welcoming atmosphere of the area and its age-old tradition of good food and wine. Here one can still enjoy the genuine flavors of local dishes, whether in historic hostelries or in modern restaurants.

This area is great for a one day or two day bike tour during your visit to the Venice.  Reachable by train with plenty of options for lodging and eating, you will enjoy a taste of 'real Italy' away from the big tourist crowds.

BIKE TOURING THE PROSECCO WINE ROADS

START POINT Conegliano Train Station
NEAREST CITY Conegliano, Treviso
LENGTH 51 km
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Easy
ELEVATION START 58 meters
ELEVATION MAX 319 meters
BEST TIME OF YEAR April to November
ROUTE CHECKPOINTS Conegliano - Tarzo - Lago di Revine - Follina - Valobbiadene - Socco - Refrontole - Conegliano
 BIke Tour Italy, Prosecco Wine Road Map

Bike Touring The Sile River Path | Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE SILE RIVE BIKE PATH | TREVISO

sile river treviso

The Sile river is the longer resurgence river in Europe, finding its source at an elevation of 23 meters above sea level and gently winding through the province of Treviso to empty out at the Venetian coast.  The loop connecting Treviso to Casale follows the banks of this waterway, along one of it's most scenic sections, where the relationship between man and river meanders through time.  Art cities, natural reserves, Venetian villas, and lush countryside are all outstanding elements protected with the Sile River Regional National Park.

Distance: 40 km
Route: bicycle trails, walking trails and secondary municipal roads with light traffic
Start: Treviso
Finish: Casale sul Sile

Bike Touring the Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE TREVISO PROVINCE

Bike Touring the Treviso Province

The Treviso province sits just north of Venice and is home to Pinarello Bicycle Factory, Sella seats, Sidi Shoes and Prosecco wine. What more could you hope for as a cyclist?

The Treviso province offers a place to ride 4-5 days, with plenty of places to visit some of Italy's history, food and wine, and bicycle culture. There a diverse amount of terrain and route selection with the flat plain running south toward Venice, the Asolo and Prosecco hills, and the Prealps of Mt. Grappa and Mt. Consiglio

I suggest three places to base yourself out of: Castelfranco, Asolo, or Montebelluno.

BIKE TOURS SUGGESTIONS FOR THE TREVISO PROVINCE:

  1. Bike Touring the Prosecco Wine Roads Treviso Province
  2. Bike Touring the Montebelluno Area | Treviso Province
  3. Bike Touring Anello del Grappa (Ride Around Monte Grappa) | Veneto
  4. Bike Touring The Sile River Path | Treviso Province
  5. Bike Touring From Asolo to Castelfranco | Treviso

CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

BIKE TOURING RESOURCES IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

The Treviso Tourism office is a good resource for cycle information and most of the townships has an information center with maps and brochures.  There are a few bike providers and some of the hotels offer bike services and routes. Treviso is a great area to plan a few days and then move on to another province north to Belluno or west to Vicenza.  The nice thing about this area is that you can ride hard, eat and drink well, and sightsee all at the same time. 

Conegliano Wine Zone Treviso Province

CONEGLIANO WINE ZONE, PROSECCO WINE

Processo wine area

Colli di Conegliano has only recently been awarded the D.O.C. designation, despite the great, long-standing wine tradition of the Treviso hills that stretch the length of the Piave river left bank to the Pre-Alps, covering the entire area - encompassing Prosecco country - as far as Valdobbiadene.

The area has one of the most important and oldest quality wine traditions. This was demonstrated by Giovanbattista Barpo, clergyman and farmer who, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, wrote about wines in his book "Le Delizie dell'agricoltura e della villa" : «... In the year eight hundred and eighty or thereabouts, Emperor Otto gave the Clergy of our Town property bordering Conegliano, with vines thriving on some slopes which, although they were from colder climes, produce grapes that make sweet and delicate wines ». Certain typical, highly appreciated wines naturally spring to mind from this vivid account, such as Colli di Conegliano Refrontolo passito and Colli di Conegliano Torchiato di Fregona.

This heritage of a millennium of experience justifies and indeed provides good reason for the Wine-Growing and Wine-Making School to be located in Conegliano, the first school of its kind in Italy. Its supporters have made it possible to safeguard and promote some truly prestigious wines, such as the Manzoni "cross", a masterpiece by professor Manzoni, once Head master of the Institute. This is an excellent wine included in the Colli di Conegliano Bianco, the features of which are a straw yellow colour, vinous smell with a typical pleasant aromatic scent, dry, tasty, sharp and velvet-like taste with wood notes. Colli di Conegliano Rosso, interesting as well, is a ruby red wine with some garnet red shades.

prosecco-wine-zone-map

The area is as charming as it is fascinating. Its morphological conformation hides villages and small towns which, no sooner than they appear, disappear as visitors drive up and down the hillsides, exploring the many valleys brimming with unexpected rural architecture, and religious and artisan points of interest. Here tourists do well to be carried away in the search of signs of man and the culture of local peoples spanning the millennium.

The best way to visit the area is to follow the Strada del Vino (Wine Road), the oldest wine itinerary in Italy, which today offers three alternative routes for discovering the numerous historical and artistic attractions of the area, not forgetting its most prestigious food and wines. Many historical towns, home to palaces, castles and fountains, are always waiting quite unexpectedly for the visitors around corners, such as Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano, Susegana, Valdobbiadene, Follinaand Pieve di Soligo along the itinerary.

Conegliano, Treviso Province

CONEGLIANO, TREVISO PROVINCE

conegliano, trevsio

Conegliano, located in the Treviso Province, besides being an important industrial center, is a city with a vast 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 fresco-ed 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.

A castle, built before the 10th century, and dismantled in the 18th century, on the first hill north of the Veneto plain, was the origin of the town.  Congeliano is immersed in the land of the famous Prosecco wine and is both the birthplace of the painter Giambattista Cima and a treasure chest of architectural and artistic beauty. The Castle is an emblem from medieval times. Today, this castle with its well-preserved Bell Tower house the small but interesting Civic Museum.

The Duomo, with the original painted facade, along with the attached Hall of the Battuti, represents the religious and artistic symbol of the city and holds the altarpiece 'Madonna and Child with angels' a work by Cima.

The ancient Grande quarter, now Via XX Settembre, is the pivot of Renaissance elegance, with the row of stately palaces rich in frescoes and carved stone decorations. Amongst the most beautiful are Monte di Pietà, Palazzo Sarcinelli, and Casa Longega. The Municipal Building, the Theater dell'Accademia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, and Palazzo Da Collo, a sixteenth century building with the Oratory Dell'Assunta, overlook Piazza Cima.

History, tradition and gastronomy are the basis of full calendar of events taking place in Conegliano. If you choose to visit the town in June, you will be able to see the spectacular re-enactment of the historic Castellana chess, a game of checkers with renaissance costumes.

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THINGS TO SEE IN CONEGLIANO

  1. Duomo
  2. Palazzo Sarcinelli
  3. Old Pawnshop
  4. City gate Porta Monticano
  5. Former Monastery of San Francesco
  6. Medieval castle
  7. Jewish cemetery
  8. Wine making school
  9. Prosecco and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene hills wine road
  10. G.B. Cima da Conegliano house and museum

WHERE TO STAY IN CONEGLIANO

  •  Canon d'Oro, via XX Settembre 131, tel 043834246
  • Cima, via XXIV Maggio 61, tel 043822648

WHERE TO EAT IN CONEGLIANO

  • Citta di Venezia, via XX Settembre 77/79, tel 043823186
  • Tre Panace, via Vecchia Trevigianan 50, tel 043860071

 

Ezzelino III da Romano

EZZELINO III DA ROMANO

Ezzellino III da Romano

Ezzelino III da Romano (April 25, 1194 – October 7, 1259) was an Italian feudal lord in the March of Treviso (in the modern Veneto) who was a close ally of the emperor Frederick II and ruled Verona, Vicenza and Padua for almost two decades. He became infamous as a cruel tyrant though much of his sinister reputation may be due to the propaganda of his many enemies.

Early life of Ezzelino III da Romano

Ezzelino was son of Ezzelino II da Romano, ruler of Bassano and other fiefs in the Veneto, and Adelaide degli Alberti diMangona, who came from a family of counts in Tuscany. At the age of four years, he was sent as a hostage to Verona. Nothing else is known about his childhood or education. In 1213, he took part in the siege of the castle of Este, which belonged to his father's archenemy, marquis Azzo VI of Este, who died in 1212, and later to his son Aldobrandino. According to the chronicler Rolandino of Padua, the young Ezzelino already showed a keen interest insiegecraft and acquired a hatred of the Este which would last his entire life.

Rise to power 1226-1239

When Ezzelino II retired to a monastery in 1223, his possessions went to his sons Alberico, who got the castles and villages in the contado of Vicenza (including the important centre of Bassano) and Ezzelino, who got the possessions in the contado of Treviso. In 1226 Ezzelino intervened in a faction struggle in Verona and aided the Veronese factions of the Monticuli and Quattuorviginti against their enemies, the so-called pars comitis ("party of the" count), which was headed by the Veronese count Richard of San Bonifacio. From this time onwards Ezzelino became an important factor in Veronese politics. In 1226/1227 he was podestà of the city. At this time control over Verona was highly important because Emperor Frederick II was in conflict with the Second Lombard League, an alliance of cities in Northern Italy. Whoever controlled Verona, could block the Brenner pass and thereby prevent the arrival of reinforcements for Frederick from Germany. Ezzelino initially favoured the Lombard League which could block the Brenner in 1226 and emerge victorious from its first confrontation with the Emperor. Later, however, Ezzelino and his brother Alberico changed sides when it became apparent that the League favoured their enemies in the March, the Este and San Bonifacio. In 1232 they struck an alliance with Frederick and received an imperial privilege of protection. However four years passed before Frederick could personally intervene in the March of Treviso. The years 1232-1236 were therefore very hard for Ezzelino and Alberico, who were assaulted by many enemies, primarily the San Bonifacio, the Este and the city of Padua. In 1236 Frederick finally arrived in the March. Since Ezzelino and his Veronese allies, the Monticuli and Quattuorviginti had gained control of Verona in early 1236, the emperor could bring reinforcements - among them 3000 German knights - from across the Alps into the March. In a campaign that began in November 1236 Frederich and Ezzelino, who was becoming an increasingly important ally of the emperor, subjugated all the important cities of the March of Treviso (Vicenza was conquered in November 1236, Padua and Treviso surrendered in February/March 1237). In 1236 Ezzolino married Selvaggia, Frederick's natural daughter, who was thirteen years old at the time. Ezzelino conquered Verona and, by treason, Padua, seizing the position of podestà of that city. He was one of the protagonists in the Ghibelline-Imperial victory of Cortenuova (1238), and was named Imperial viceroy for the March of Treviso. His long-lasting struggle against Azzo VII, the new duke of Este after 1215, ended with the total defeat of the latter, and theannexion of many territories for Ezzelino.

Last years

After a pacification attempt by Frederick, when the emperor set off again, Ezzelino attacked the Este, submitting Treviso (even if his brother's fief), Belluno and Feltre. Ezzelino was now lord of all lands between Trento and the Oglio river. He had acquired a reputation for cruelty and merciless use of torture against enemies and alleged plotters in the cities he ruled. In 1249, five years after Selvaggia's death, he married Beatrice di Buontraverso. In 1254, four years after Frederick II's death, he was excommunicated by Pope Innocent IV, who also launched a crusade against him. He reconciled with his brother and allied with otherseignors of the Veneto and Lombardy, attacking Padua, which resisted, and Brescia, which was instead sacked after an easy victory of his German knights over the crusade army. In 1258 he launched a broad Ghibelline offensive in Lombardy and Veneto along with Oberto Pallavicino of Cremona. In 1259 he assaulted the castle of Priola, near Vicenza, and had all the defenders mutilated. After a failed attempt to assault Milan itself, he was wounded by an arrow in the course of the Battle of Cassano d'Adda. He had to retreat but was captured near Bergamo.

Legacy

Much of what we know about Ezzelino comes from a literary tradition that was embroidered over the course of centuries. Despite the brevity of his reign, Ezzelino’s reputed cruelty became symbolic of tyranny. Poets and chroniclers living in recent memory of his tactics used his name to evoke the sense of arbitrary power and the moral transgressions it enabled. Fourteenth century authors raised the level of accusation, insisting that Ezzelino’s parentage was demonic. Rolandino of Padua's Chronicle of the Trevisan March (c. 1262) charts the rise and the fall of the da Romano family, introducing Ezzelino as a young man throwing stones at the home of the family rival. The extremely partisan political work follows the fortunes of Padua under the tyrant's iron grip up to the commune's liberation by the Guelph League. Albertino Mussato's Ecerinis (c. 1315) portrays Ezzelino as the son of the Devil. The Latin verse play introduces Ezzelino's mother, who provides testimony of the tyrant's infernal sire. In Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy, his soul is consigned to Hell, where Dante encounters him in the Seventh Circle, First Ring: the Violent against their Neighbors (Inferno, XII, 109). His younger sister Cunizza is also cited by Dante, in Paradise, IX, 31-33. Before Ezzelino, the seizing of political power in city-states throughout the Middle Ages had been based on real or pretended inheritance claims, or else were directed against infidels and the excommunicated. But with him, as the historian Jacob Burkhardt relates, "Here for the first time the attempt was openly made to found a throne by wholesale murder and endless barbarities, by the adoption in short, of any means with a view to nothing but the end pursued."Jacob Burkhardt, The example set by the success of this kind of ruthlessness was not lost on the future tyrants of late Middle Age and early Renaissance Italy.

Follina, Treviso Province

FOLLINA, TREVISO PROVINCE

Follina, Treviso Province

Follina is 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 is the cloisters, which form an ambiance of rare charm. Visiting hours: from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO FOLLINA

Located on the northern Prosecco wine road Follina can be reached by regional bus, car, or bicycle.

WHERE TO STAY IN FOLLINA

WHERE TO EAT IN FOLLINA

 

 

Lison Wine Zone Treviso Italy

LISON WINE ZONE, TREVISO PROVINCE

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The Lison area is located on the eastern edge of the province of Venice and in a limited area of the nearby provinces of Treviso and Pordenone.

Its flat, alluvial lands have been formed over millennium, made fertile by the humus carried by flooding from the many streams flowing down from the Alps. The location's distance between mountains and sea in addition to its abundant waterways has attracted numerous civilisations to settle through the ages: from the paleo-venetian civilisation to the Romans, through to the Barbarian invasions that contributed, by contrast, to the founding of Venice and the extraordinary progress it stimulated throughout the region, thanks in part to the work of the Benedictine monks and the construction of Benedictine abbeys, of which Sesto al Réghena and Summaga are two magnificent examples that still stand today.

The need to trade with these civilisations for goods, especially food and wine, led to a series of navigable channels being built in the hinterland to the great amazement of the world in the year 520. Cassiodorus, Governor for King Theodoric, invited the Venetian tribunes to the transport of goods in a speech... «this thing [...] will not require much effort from those who often sail the seas, from you who are born seamen and have to cross the seawaters in your place of birth to go from one place to another; if a storm should prevent you from sailing in open seas, another way will open up safely [...] I mean rivers where your boats, protected against and safe from winds and weather, cut into the land that looks just like a plain». It is, therefore, no wonder that the wine-growing and wine-making culture dates back centuries, having now become part of tradition through the special, constant care and attention that has made the Lison-Pramaggiore wine-making area one of the first most important and advanced in Italy, and its wines famous worldwide.

The D.O.C. wines are: Lison-Pramaggiore Bianco, Lison-Pramaggiore Tai or Lison-Pramaggiore Lison, Lison-Pramaggioreclassico Tai or Lison-Pramaggioreclassico Lison, Lison-Pramaggiore Chardonnay (also sparkling and spumante), Lison-Pramaggiore Pinot bianco(also sparklingand spumante),Lison-Pramaggiore Pinot grigio (also spumante), Lison-Pramaggiore Riesling(also spumante), Lison-Pramaggiore Riesling italico, Lison-Pramaggiore Sauvignon,Lison-Pramaggiore Verduzzo (also sparkling), Lison-Pramaggiore Verduzzo dolce, Lison-Pramaggiore Merlot rosato (rosé), Lison-Pramaggiore Rosso (also riserva), Lison-Pramaggiore Cabernet (also riserva), Lison-Pramaggiore Cabernet franc (also riserva), Lison-Pramaggiore Cabernet Sauvignon (also riserva), Lison-Pramaggiore Merlot (also riserva), Lison-Pramaggiore Malbech, Lison-Pramaggiore novello and Lison-Pramaggiore Refosco dalpeduncolo rosso.

Since 1986, the district has included the Strada del Vino (Wine Road), offering visitors the opportunity to discover a region bursting with vistas and history. Its guide symbol is the Lion of Saint Mark, used to denote recommended wine-growers and wineries for the benefit of visitors, but also shops, hotels and restaurants offering typical foods, and cultural and natural attractions.

Montello, Hills of The Treviso Province

MONTELLO HILLS IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

 montello hills treviso

Montello – the “little mountain” – is without any doubt a truly special place The landscape and environmental features of this hill are unlike those of the surrounding area, shaped like a loaf of bread it easily stands out.

There is a lot of ways to discover the area within the 35 km perimeter of the Montello natural park. Caving enthusiasts can take a trip with expert guides to see some of the 91 registered caves, some of which played a key role as trenches during the Great War. Other historical sites from the Great War are marked by monuments, memorials and plaques. These include the imposing Ossuary in Nervesa della Battaglia, which is home to the Great War museum, the Francesco Baracca monument, the King’s Observation Post, the British Military Cemetery and the ruins of Sant’Eustachio Abbey.

The shape of the hill, the network of roads and the magnificent views of the valley make it an ideal location for a number of sporting activities. The area is particularly well equipped for cycling, mountain biking and hiking. There are routes to satisfy all requirements, from more demanding ones for experts to more relaxing ones for amateurs. There are also riding schools and even a golf course. After a day of sport, visitors can treat themselves to a well deserved meal in one of Montello’s characteristic rustic restaurants.

Roads known as “prese” climb up Montello. They are numbered from 1 to 21 and run through the area in a north-south direction, while the Strada Dorsale (Ridge Road) crosses the entire hill from east to west and the Stradon del Bosco (Wood Road) follows its southern boundary.

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Oderzo, Treviso Province

ODERZO, TREVISO

Bike Tour Italy, Oderzo 

The town of Oderzo, located in the Treviso Province of the Veneto, hosts some of the most beautiful medieval and renaissance architecture, in the Veneto Region. Located along the Treviso Province Bike Route this is a great stop to enjoy a cafe or lunch. 

The earliest settlement in the area of Oderzo can be dated to the Iron Age, around the 10th century BC. From the mid-9th century BC the Veneti occupied site and gave it its name. Etymologically, "-terg-" in Opitergium stems from a Venetic root word indicating a market (q.v. Tergeste, the old name of Trieste). The location of Oderzo on the Venetian plain made it ideal as a center for trade.

The Veneti of Oderzo appear to have maintained friendly relations with the Romans and the population was gradually Romanized. The Via Postumia road, finished in 148 BC, increased the importance of Oderzo. During the Roman Civil War, Caius Volteius Capito, a centurion born in Oderzo, fought on the side of Julius Caesar against Pompey. In 48 BC the city was elevated to the rank of Roman municipium and its citizens assigned to the Roman tribe Papiria. With the reforms of Augustus Oderzo was incorporated into Regio X of Italia, Venetia et Histria. The Roman era witnessed prodigious building projects including a forum, a basilica, temples and many private homes. During the Marcomannic Wars in 167 CE, Opitgerium was sacked and destroyed by a force of Marcomanni and Quadi, who then went on to besiege Aquileia.

According to a local legend, Attila hid a treasure in a town's pit. Under the Byzantine Empire, it became the seat of an exarch and was held by the Byzantines until its destruction by the Lombard king Grimoald in 667. Much of its population fled to the nearby city of Heraclea, still under Byzantine control. Most of its territory passed to the Count of Ceneda. According to tradition, the first Doge of Venice, Paolo Lucio Anafesto, came from Oderzo. The town, which had grown again around a castle from c. 1000, was contended between the bishops of Belluno and Ceneda, the comune of Treviso and the feudal da Camino (originary of the Camino castle, now part of Oderzo) and da Romano families until, in 1380, it became a stable possession of the Republic of Venice.

Oderzo was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. In 1917, during World War I, the town was damaged in the aftermath of the Italian rout at Caporetto. In 1943 it was a centre of the civil war between the German puppet Republic of Salò (RSI) and the partisan resistance. In 1945, 120 people suspected of allegiance to the RSI were executed at the Oderzo Massacre. The city was governed by the Italian Christian Democratic party from 1945–1993, and lived a notable economic boom, which also attracted a massive immigration from the southern Italy regions. The Cyclocross del Ponte Faè di Oderzo is a cyclo-cross race held in December.

HOW TO GET TO ODERZO:

Train:  Oderzo can be reached from Treviso, or from connections from Conegliano and Udine.
By Car: From Treviso follow the main highway Start Road 53. 

WHAT TO SEE IN ODERZO

  1. ordezo-city-mapThe Duomo (Cathedral) of St. John the Baptist, begun in the 11th century over the ruins of the Roman temple of Mars, and re-consecrated in 1535. The original Gothic-Romanesque appearance has been modified by the subsequent renovations. It includes some notable works by Pomponio Amalteo.
  2. Archaeological area of the Roman Forum. It includes the remains of the basilica and a wide staircase
  3. Archaeological Museum -
  4. The former Prisons (Porta Pretoria). It includes the remains of a Middle Ages prison, whose most famous guest was the trobadour Sordello da Goito.
  5. Palazzo Foscolo
  6. Natural History Museum
  7. The Piazza Grande
  8. Torresin (watchtower)The Renaissance Palazzo Porcia e Brugnera.
  9. In the nearby village of Colfrancui is the mysterious Mutera, an artificial hill of the Adriatic Veneti, probably used as an observatory.

WHERE TO STAY IN ODERZO

In Oderzo you can stay at the Primhotel, via Martiri di Celfalonia 13, tel: 0422713699

WHERE TO EAT IN ODERZO

Gaia da Camino, via Comunale di Camino 8a, tel: 0422717886

Piave River Wine Zone Treviso Italy

PIAVE RIVER WINE ZONE, TREVISO

piave wine area

The area located between the provinces of Venice and Treviso, in the Piave river basin, is full of vine cultivations, growing happily in the clay soil that is rich in mineral salts and well fertilised. Local soil conditions lend themselves to top quality, prized red wines.

This area extends through a broad plain bordered by the sea to the south, the hills of Conegliano and Montello to the northwest, and Friuli to the northeast, and is crossed by the Piave river. An anonymous writer in the late sixteenth century described this area...« The Piave river is very convenient and useful to Venice, [...] this river can be navigated by boats from Ponte di Piave to Venice, bearing wheat, wine and other goods ».

 "Burci" , large, slow boats that could navigate the channels, every day carried all sorts of goods, such as clothes scented with lye and bread to the "fónteghi" (storehouses) of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, making for rather hectic comings and goings along the waterway. The hinterland of Venice and the area around the town of Oderzo had been home to the stores of the Serenissima Republic of Venice since its origins, and this practical and economic relationship resulted in the "Veneto villas" being built. These were not merely for the enjoyment of the Venetian nobility but - and especially from the mid sixteenth century - they were used in an attempt to improve agriculture and make the land thrive. Therefore, it was not by chance that the people of the Piave river have for centuries been cultivating grapes for the "vineyards of Dogi", today producing a dozen or so wines of importance.

The D.O.C. white wines are: Piave Chardonnay, Piave Pinot bianco, Piave Pinot grigio, Piave Verduzzo and Piave Tai. The D.O.C. red wines are: Piave Cabernet, Piave Cabernet Sauvignon and Piave Merlot (all also as riserva), Piave Pinot nero and Piave Raboso.The latter, made by native Raboso grapevine, is ready for market after only three years of ageing, one of which in the barrel.

The territory has plenty of history and is linked by the Strada del Vino (Wine Road) extending for over 150 kilometres. Visitors are thus able to discover the different economic and cultural centres of importance, such as Roncade, Oderzo -the Roman Opitergium that was rebuilt many times - and Motta di Livenza. But what is certain to touch the tourist the most is the atmosphere on the left banks of the Piave, in the Raboso district, with its ancient traditions and its alleyways that tease the visitor with glimpses of the river, remote churches hiding precious frescos and the fine town of Portobuffolè.

Possagno, Treviso Province

 POSSAGNO, TREVISO PROVINCE

Bike Touring Veneto, Possagno Canova Tempio

If you are bike touring in the Veneto and find yourself in Asolo, there are great routes north of the city in the Colli Asolani, one of the places to make a stop is Possagno. Located at the foot of Monte Grappa, Possagno is the birthplace of Antonio Canova, the Neoclassical sculptor who became famous throughout Europe.

Bike Touring Italy, Possagno Canova's George Washington Statue

Antoniio Canova (1757-1822) was a leading exponent of the graceful neoclassical style. He was inspired by the purity of Greek and Roman art, which he studied in Pompeii and Rome. He was already acclaimed as a young artist, and was sought after by popes and royalty. His renowned portrait of Napoleon’s sister, Paolina can be seen in the Borghese gallery in Rome where it has a room all to itself.

His statue of George Washington, “modestly” dressed as a Roman emperor and commissioned for the statehouse in Raleigh, N.C., was destroyed, but the plaster cast can be found in the museum.

An incredibly prolific artist all his life, in his last years he designed a temple for Possagno, meant to be the parish church. It stands today as a neoclassical monument to this remarkable artist.

The Gipsoteca Canoviana is open every day (except for Mondays).Summer timetable: 9 am – 12 am / 3 pm – 6 pm; Winter timetable 9 am – 12 am / 2 pm – 5 pm the ticket office closes 15 minutes before the end of each turn). Telephone and fax + 39 042 354 4323.

You immediately notice the enormous mass of the Canova's Temple, a massive Neoclassical construction from 1830 that Canova designed based on inspiration from the Parthenon in Athens and Pantheon in Rome. If the exterior is striking due to its grandeur, the interior is even more beautiful: Canova's tomb and numerous works of art are housed here. It is also possible to visit the Canova Museum in Possagno, which includes the artist's home and the famous Gipsoteca, where all of the plaster models, unsold marble, paintings and work are kept, which after the artist's death were transferred from Rome to Possagno.

Treviso, Treviso Province

CITY OF TREVISO, TREVISO PROVINCE

Treviso Italy

The remains of an ancient village found along the Sile river place the origins of Treviso in the Bronze Age (15th century BC). The city was inhabited by the Veneti starting in the 10th century BC, who were granted Roman citizenship in 49 BC.

In the early Middle Ages Treviso became a flourishing city under the Carolingians, when it became the capital of a March and had a mint. The year 1164 was important: it was then that the Emperor Frederick I recognized the city as a free commune. Thus began its most glorious period, Treviso extended its domain, adorned itself with new churches and buildings and held knightly feasts hosting poets and troubadours, which earned it the name of "Joyous and harmonious March". It fell under the tyranny of Ezzelino da Romano in 1237; from that point on the city passed from hand to hand, tormented by war and civil clashes for more than a century.

The population of Treviso joined forces with Venice in 1389 leading to a long and prosperous time of peace for the city. Treviso became filled with buildings and frescoes in Venetian Gothic style. In 1509 Venice decided to give the city new fortifications to be able to defend its territories to the north. The current walls and gates date back to this period.

Treviso fell along with Venice in 1797 to the aggression of Napoleon's armies. The city then fell under Austrian domain until 15 July 1866, when Italian bersaglieri liberated it, marking its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy. During World War II Treviso suffered heavy losses; in 1944 American bombing caused thousands of victims destroying many buildings and historic landmarks.

HOW TO REACH THE TOWN OF TREVISO

  • The alternate airport to the city of Venice is in Treviso.  Treviso also sits along the main Veneto train line.

WHERE TO STAY IN TREVISO

  • Best Western Al Fogher, viale della Repubblica 10, tel 042243950
  • Carlton, Largo Porta Altinia 15, tel 0422411661

WHERE TO EAT IN TREVISO

  • Alfredo, via Callaito 26, tel 0422540275
  • Antica Torre, via Inferiore 55, tel 0422583694

 

Valdobbiadene, Treviso Province

VALDOBBIADENE, TREVISO PROVINCE

Vsaldobbiadene, Treviso Province

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.

As its ancient name 'Duplavilis' suggests Valdobbiadene most likely owes its name to the river Piave, or rather its position between the two branches the river used to flow along in earlier times.  The earliest evidence of its origin dates back to the 'Mousterian' Age, although the town is mainly known historically for its connections with the Bishop of Poitiers, St. Venanzio Fortunato, who was a famous biographer of the saints of the late Latin age.

The territory became a part of the Venetian Republic in the mid-14th century and was subsequently divided into 15 rural communities, each of which was governed by a democratically elected man from the head-families of the area.

With the arrival of Napoleon and eventually the Austrian control of the lands, the former structure of the area disappeared. Without a formal structure and with the Venetian nobility gone, the upcoming bourgeoisie class of merchants, clerks and land-owners were able to acquire the lands and thus gain large shares of the political power.

Following World War I, wine-production became an important economic field, a trend that still continues today. Valdobbiadene is now, along with the nearby Conegliano, considered the best place for Prosecco, a famous wine in the Veneto region. The Prosecco grapes grown on the hills here are used to produce such famous wines as the Valdobbiadene DOC Prosecco and the Prosecco Superiore Cartizze. Valdobbiadene has also been the site of the Italian committee for Spumante wines, “Forum Spumanti d’Italia”, for over 40 years.

HOW TO GET TO VALDOBBIADENE

Valdobbiadene can be reached by  regional bus from Montebelluno, car, or bicycle.

WHAT TO SEE IN VALDOBBIADENE

  1. The Cathedral
  2. villa dei Cedri
  3. Palace Celestino Piva
  4. Church San  Gregorio Magno in Colderove
  5. Prosecco producers

Vittorio Veneto, Treviso Province

VITTORIO VENETO, TREVISO PROVINCE

Vittorio Veneto. Italy

Vittorio Veneto lies at the foot of the Veneto Prealp mountains in the Treviso Province of the Veneto Region.  The town is sheltered by the rolling hills of the Prosecco Wine Zone and characterised by the gentle flow the Meschio which flows through it. In the past, the towns of Ceneda and Serravalle, despite their close geographical proximity, was always divided and in conflict, only in 1866, when the Veneto became part of the Kingdom of Italy were the two territories united and became Vittoria, in honor of Vittorio Emanuele II.  The city is still remembered today for its role in the Great War or First World War, as the site of the final battle between Austria and Italy, which resulted in the final surrender of the Austrians. 

On 30 October 1918 Italian troops entered Vittorio to liberate it from the Austrians. On 22 July 1923 Vittorio was awarded city status and renamed by the Nationalist Party, to Vittorio Veneto.

Vittorio Veneto, Italy

The old town of Serravlle is the northern portion of the city, it occupies the valley between Monte Marcantone and Monte Baldo.  Serravalle had always been a strategic location for both commerce and communications up until the 1900's.  Today a few towers and the ruins of the city walls are all that is left of the ancient roman settlement which occupied the site during the 1st century BC.  During Roman times there was a well organized defence system,witht he castrum located nteh Serravalle gorge, which acted as a defensive outpost for the roman city of Opitergium (Oderzo).  During the 12th century, Serravelle saw significant economic and urban development which continued to increase through the 14th century, when it became part of the Venetian Republic. 

Ceneda which stretches down to the Veneto Plain also has ancient ogins linked to its name which comes fromt he Celtic work Kènet. In Roman times it suppoted the Castrum of Serravalle, while during the Longobard period it bacame the capital of a duchy which cvered the area from the Piave River to the Tagliamento River.  In the city center you can reach the area known at the Ghetto, once inhabited by a vibrant Jewish community.  Here Lorenzo da Ponte was born in 1749, he authored teh lyrics of several well-known operas, like Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni, which he wrote for great masters like Salieri and Mozart.

 

WHAT TO SEE IN VITTORIO VENETO

  1. PIAZZZA GIOVANNI PAOLO
  2. PALAZZO DELLA COMUNITA DI CENEDA
  3. CATERDRALE
  4. PALAZZO DEL SEMINARIO VESCOVILE
  5. PIAZZA FLAMMINIO A SERRAVALLE
  6. DUOMO DI SERRAVALLE
  7. PALAZZO MINUCCI DE CARLO
  8. CHIESA DI SANTA GIUSTINA
  9. VILLA CROZE
  10. CHISEA DI SANT'ANDREA
  11. CASTELLO SAN MARTINO
  12. SANTUARIO SANTA AUGUSTA
  13. CASTRUM AND CHIESA DI SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA
  14. CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DI MESCHIO

WHERE TO STAY IN VITTORIO VENETO

  • Terme, via della Terme 4, tel 0438554345
  • Sanson, San Giacomo di Veglia, piazza Fiume 38/39, tel 0438500161

WHERE TO EAT IN VITTORIO VENETO

  • Pastiglione, via Cavour 39, tel 0438556924

Where to Eat in the Treviso Province

WHERE TO EAT IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

Where to eat in Treviso Province

Where to eat in the Treviso Province of Veneto Italy.  Slow Food restaurants in the Treviso Province to enjoy during your next vacation.

 

TOWN RESTAURANT

Asolo

Enoteca Cà Derton

Piazza D’Anunzio, 11

Tel – 0423-529648

Casier

Dosson

Osteria Alla Pasina

Via Marie, 3

Tel – 0422-382112

Cison di Valmarino

Rolle

Al Monastero di Rolle

Via Enotria, 21

Tel – 0438-975423

Farra di Soligo

Col San Martino

Locanda Da Condo

Via Fontana, 134

Tel – 0438-898106

Reforntolo

Trattoria al Forno

Viale degli Alpini, 15

Tel – 0438-894496

Segusino

Milies

Da Mirka E Marcello

Via dei Narcisi, 5

Tel – 0423-979120

Sernaglia della Battaglia

Dalla Libera

Via Farra, 24

Tel – 0438-966295

Treviso

Vineria

Via Castellano, 4

Tel – 0422-210460

Volpago Del Montello

Bosco Del Falco

X Presa-via Batisti, 25

Tel – 0423-619797

Zero Branco

Scandolara

Trattoria Brunello

Via Scandolara, 35

Tel – 0422-345106

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