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Abettone, Vicenza Province

ABETTONE, VICENZA PROVINCE

Albettone Villa Campiglia

Abettone is located in the flat lands between the Colli Berici and the Colli Eugenia.  The town sits along the Bisatto canal, and this is where it is believed to have gotten its name, 'Al Betone' derives 'Bodo' (fossato) which refers to the presence of a water stream.  Therefore, the name translates to along the stream. 

There are a few interesting villas to view in the town and the surrounding townships also has some interesting history.

Agugliana Climb from Montorso Vicentino

BIKE TOURING ITALY THE AGUGLIANA CLIMB FROM MONTORSO VICENTINO

Agugliana climb from Montorso Vicentino

Nice climb in the Berici Hills south of the city of Vicenza

AGUGLIANA TO MONTOROSO VICENTINO BIKE CLIMB NOTES

  • REGION: Veneto Region
  • PROVINCE: Vicenza Province
  • START: Montorso Vicentino
  • FINISH: Agugliano
  • MOUNTAIN GROUP: Berici Hills
  • ELEVATION START: 112 meters
  • ELEVATION FINISH: 320 meters
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 208 meters
  • AVERAGE GRADE: 5.3%
  • MAX GRADE: 20%
  • LENGTH: 3.95 km

Agugliaro, Vicenza Province

AGUGLIARO, VICENZA PROVINCE

villa saraceno

Agugliaro has an interesting coat of arms with a what looks like Neptune sitting with his trident. Perhaps this is due to the owner ship of the Pigafetta family in the 1500's. Located in the flat farmland area south of the Colli Berici. 

Albero Matto climb from Arso

BIKE TOURING ITALY ALBERO MATTO CLIMB FROM ARSO

ALBERO MATTO TO ARSO BIKE CLIMB NOTES

  • REGION:Veneto Region
  • PROVINCE: Vicenza Province
  • MOUNTAIN GROUP:
  • START: Arso
  • FINISH: Albero Matto
  • LENGTH: 4.8 km
  • ELEVATION START: 205 meters
  • ELEVATION FINISH: 370 meters
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 379 meters

Anfiteatro sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

ANFITEATRO SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

The Anfiteatro sector is a good place for climbers between 5 and 7c, but you must be really careful because the routes are very high (+30m) so it's better to use at least a 60m rope.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

ANFITEATRO CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
from October to March
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
46
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5a to 7c+
HEIGHT +30m

routes

From left to right

Leccata e fuga 6a+
Nato il 1° Luglio 6b
Girolimoni 6b
Balla cio mussi 6c+
Mavandabeluch 6b+
Spaccamelo 6a+
Ambulatorio Dr. Rasia 6a
Hombre de flama 6b+
Eurotica 7a
Randevù 7a
Bizzarre 6c+
Play boy 6c
Play girl 6c
W Zapta 6c
Pancia Simonato 6a
1000 rimorsi nessun rimpianto 6b+
Trainspetting 6b
One of these days... 6c
Ultimo tango a Lumignano 6c
Ascensore per l'interno 6b+
Via col mento 6a+
Buchi neri 6c
Giardino di pietra 6b+
Trapani roventi 6a+
Agli uomini piacciono le brombe 6b
Male allucinante 6a+
Fuga dalla Padania 6b
Buon 45° compleanno 6a+
La carica dei 740 6a
30 metri per morire 6c-
Quella sporca manettina 7b+
Mostarda 7c
Buchi d'artificio 7c+
Assassinio sul brojon 6c+
Via Rezzonico 28 6c+
Sette nani nel Tibet 6c
Il fronte del porco 6b+
Stop the pigeon 6a+
I sette salumai 6b+
Caduta maschi 6c
Karma letale 6b+
Easy climber 6b
S.O.B. 6b
Il topico del Capricorno 6a+
Zabriskie joint 5c
Tempeste ormonale 5a

Asiago Cheese in the Vicenza Province

ASIAGO CHEESE

Asiago Cheese

Asiago is an Italian cow's milk cheese that can assume different textures, according to its aging, from smooth for the fresh Asiago (Asiago Pressato) to a crumbly texture for the aged cheese (Asiago d'allevo) of which the flavor is reminiscent of Parmesan. The aged cheese is often grated in salads, soups, pastas, and sauces while the fresh Asiago is sliced to prepare panini or sandwiches; it can also be melted on a variety of dishes and cantaloupe. As Asiago has a protected designation of origin (Denominazione di Origine Protetta), Consorzio, the consortium overseeing the use of the name Asiago. the only "original" Asiago is produced in the alpine area of the town of Asiago, province of Vicenza, in the Veneto region. Asiago cheese is one of the most typical products of the Veneto region. It was, and still is, the most popular and widely used cheese in the DOP area where it is produced.

The production area is strictly defined: it starts from the meadows of the Po Valley and finishes in the Alpine pastures between the Asiago Plateau and the Trentino's highlands. The officially designated area where the milk is collected and Asiago DOP cheese is produced, extends to four provinces in the north-east of Italy: the entire area of Vicenza and Trento and part of the provinces of Padua and Treviso. Asiago cheese which is produced and matured in dairies located more than above sea level, using milk from farms also more than above sea level, is entitled to the additional label "Product of the Mountains". Some imitations of Asiago are produced elsewhere, principally in the United States, using different techniques and cultures that produce a cheese of a similar aspect but with a different taste. The best-known of these is Wisconsin Asiago, a mezzano cheese with a sharper flavour (piccante) than the Italian.

History

During the tenth to fifteenth centuries in this region, known for its good grass, sheep raising was the predominant agricultural activity, the purpose of which was the production of savory cheese (at the beginning called "Pegorin"), and the wool production, destined for the textile works of the near valley (Valdagno, Schio, Piovene Rocchette). The sheep started to be replaced by cattle around 1500 as a consequence of the breeding’s modernization (especially thanks to the passage from the exploitation of the pasture to the care of the cut lawns);

Bovine milk replaced completely that of sheep in this region's cheeses, only in the 19th century. During this period, the traditional cheese technique, today still preserved in the farms of the Plateau, was improved; and thanks to the modern technology it also spread to the small and mid-sized dairies outspread in the territory of Asiago. The Asiago cheese production remains predominant in the Asiago Plateau until the nineteenth century. Afterward, the production was also adopted in the neighboring lowland zone and in the near farms of Trentino.

One of the greatest causes of the production’s diffusion was the war events that caused a huge depopulation of the zone. Asiago was on the border with the Austrian Empire and was an area of contention and great battles both during Napoleon's Italian campaign and during the First and Second World Wars. Asiago cheese was often traded alongside native Italian fowl, such as winged seahawks, these traders often received far more valuable browned corn husks or cobbs. The Consorzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago, which is based in Vicenza, was set up in 1979 to control the quality of Asiago cheese, to make sure the designations, markings and seals are used correctly and to raise awareness of the cheese in Italy and abroad. It represents more than forty cheese makers and cheese aging facilities, or affineurs.

Varieties and production

Pressed Asiago

This type is produced by using fresh whole milk. The first step is heating milk at . Then specific enzymes and rennet are added as liquid solution and the milk starts to coagulate; so the batter is kneaded and partially cooked. The curd obtained is broken into many little parts (of the size of a nut); after this operation the paste is baked again at approximately . Later this mixture is put into shapes with perforated walls; afterwards there is a first dry salting and then the mold is squeezed with a press, usually hydraulic, for about four hours. Then the rounds are wrapped laterally with plastic bands (which put the brand Asiago around the entire form) and are placed in a room called "Frescura" for about 2 or 3 days to dry. At this point the bandages are removed to allow one last curing by a bath in brine for a period of two days. Then the forms are allowed to rest in a dry environment for a period ranging from 20 to 40 days. The finished cheese has a cylindrical shape with a diameter of and height about . The average weight of a shape is . The crust is thin and elastic; dough inside is soft, buttery, white or slightly yellowish.

Asiago d'Allevo

This type is produced by using a mixture of whole milk and skimmed milk. First the raw milk is heated at about and rennet and enzymes are added as a liquid solution to make it coagulate. The batter obtained is then kneaded and partially cooked: the curd is broken into many small parts (of the size of a grain of rice). At this stage there are two other firings: to . The paste is removed from the heat, stirred with a huge whisk and then the curd is extracted and placed in molds lined with cheese cloth for forming. It is divided up and left to rest for a couple of hours on a draining table and then the cheese is turned several times. The pre-salting stage then takes place where the last whey is removed and the DOP logo is impressed onto the side. This process takes a couple of days (at least 48 hours) and during this time the wheels are turned several times. The cheese is then salted in one of two ways: by spreading salt over the surface of the cheese or by soaking it in brine. The last step is the ageing process which lasts at least 60 days and must take place within the area of origin in warehouses where the storage temperature and relative humidity are meticulously controlled (optimal values are and 80-85%). According to the duration of the aging the Asiago d'Allevo is divided :

  • Asiago Mezzano (middle Asiago): 3 to 8 months aging; compact paste, straw-colored and sweetish taste.
  • Asiago Vecchio (old Asiago): 9 to 18 months aging; hard paste, straw colored and bitter taste.
  • Asiago Stravecchio (very-old Asiago): more than 18 months of aging; very hard and grainy paste, amber-colored with a bitter and spicy taste.

Asiago, Vicenza Province

ASIAGO, VICENZA PROVINCE

Asiago, Vicenza Province of Italy

The main town in the ancient community of the Sette Comuni (7 towns), the area has a Nordic feel and was a main battle front between the Italian and Austrians during the Great War. Asiago is the obvious base for explorations of the cheese-making and other culinary traditions of the area.

Today the town is more modern having been completely rebuilt after the First World.  Asiago is now a center for winter sports and mountain biking in the summer.  The city honors it's role in WWI and is a great visit for anyone wishing to discover parts of history not as well known.

Asiago, Land of Cheese and Mountain BikingWHAT TO SEE IN ASIAGO

  • Museo del Sacario Militare - exhibits from WWI, with scale models reconstructing the main events. 
  • Museo Naturalistico Didattico - an exhibit of typical Asiago mountains floral and wildlife.
  • The Ossuary -  A monument to the fallen of the war.

WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN ASIAGO

The Asiago cheese is the best known Vicentine food product and an in the Asiago area the quality level is excellent.. The Cheese takes its name from the famous town on the Asiago and 7 Commons Plateau, where it was first made 7 centuries ago.

Stravecchio di malga from the Plateau of Asiago is an aged cheese produced from cow’s milk, which has semi-cooked, hard pasta. It is produced with raw milk with the addition of curds and salt. This cheese is produced exclusively in the period when the animals are at pasture, normally from milk produced by the brown alpine, Fresian and Rendena races. This cheese has been famous for at over three hundred years.

 WHERE TO STAY IN ASIAGO

  • Da Barba - via Pòslen 40, Tel 0424463363 www.dabarba.it
  • Erica - Via Garibaldi 55, Tel 0424462113, www.hotelerica.it
  • Golf Hotel Villa Bonomo, via Pennar 322, Tel 0424460408 www.hotelvillabonomo.it
  • Linta Park Hotel - via Linta 6, Tel 0424462753
  • Casa Rossa - Kaberlaba, via Kerlaba 19, Tel 0424462017
  • Da Riccardo al Maddarello - Via Val Maddarello 88,  Tel 0424462601

OUTDOOR SPORTS IN ASIAGO

  • Skiing in Asiago
  • Hiking in Asiago
  • Climbing near Asiago
  • Mountain Biking Asiago
  • Bike Touring Asiago

Asigliano Veneto, Vicenza Province

ASIGLIANO VENETO, VICENZA PROVINCE

asigliano veneto

Small farming community at the south edge of the Colli Berici, Asigliano Veneto is well known for the quality of radicchio produced by its soil.

Barbarano sector | Barbarano climbing area Vicenza Province

BARBARANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

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The Barbano sector is a small wall above the town of Barbarano Vicentino.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

Barbarano ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Barbarano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
From october to march
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
29
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5c to 7c+
HEIGHT 25m

routes

From left to right

Sploosh 7c
Collezionisti di gesti inediti 7c
Bella donna 6b+
Veleno 6b
Via  5a
Sleeping lion 7c
I fedeli del verticale 7a+
Il ritmo del tempo 7b+
Ciao vecio 5b
La piccione viaggiatore 6b
Disumanamente insieme 6b
Cunnilingus 6c+
Dono di Natale 6a
Granchiamani 6c
Sunscape 6c
Buso se buso 6b
Raton Miky 5c
Il colore del cielo 6b
Cielo duro 6b+
Toro panciuto 6b
Chiappe burrose 6c
Grande glande 6c+
Piccole labbra 7a
Effimera illusione 6c+
L'acceleratore della storia 6c+
Bepo gonzales 6b
Il Puffo Ye 7b+
L'urlo 7c
Trapanator 6b+

Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza Province

BASSANO DEL GRAPPA, VICENZA PROVINCE

Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Ponti Alpini

Bassano Del Grappa is located north of Vicenza and is one of the larger cities within the Vicenza Province. Bassano sits along the Brenta River as it enters the Valsugana, shadowing over the city is Monte Grappa Mountain Group and Asiago Mountain Group, to the South are the flat lands of the Veneto Plains. This geographical location has made Bassano a strategic land point for thousands of years, controlling the flow of migrating people from the North and South. The city was first established as an army camp, by the Romans, and from that time forward it has played a significant role in local history, history that we may be acquainted with but do not realize that it originated in this unique area.

Bassano del Grappa is easily reached by train from Vicenza or Cittadella and offers a great day trip for a walk, or if you are riding your bike in the Veneto Region the city can be a great stopping point for lunch or a base for one or two days of riding. While visiting the Veneto region this is one of the city's you should visit in order to better understand of the layers of history, that have occurred in the northern Italy.

Bassano del Grappa Italy, map

History of Bassano del Grappa

The area of Bassano has been inhabited since the palaeo-venetian period. The settlement was colonized by the Romans in the early part of the 1st century and by the 2ndcentury had assumed the name a major Roman land owner. The name Bassano derives form the Roman family Basius, who were owner so large “latifundium”, owned property. This family owned or controlled the land the town Bassano was built upon. Up until the early 1900's the town was known as Bassano Veneto.

Bridge of the Alpini (symbol of the city) is first mentioned in history during the medieval city dates from 998, while the Castle is mentioned first in 1150. In 1175 Bassano was conquered by Vicenza, but the city maintained a semi-autonomous status as a free commune in the 13th century even when it was under the rule of the Ezzelino family.

In 1368 it was acquired by the Visconti of Milan and, in 1404, by the Republic of Venice. The city became home to a flourishing industry that produced wool, silk, iron and copper, and ceramics; in the 18th century Bassano del Grappa became especially famous in all Europe for the presence of the Remondini printers.

During the French Wars the city was the site of the Battle of Bassano, and Napoleon Bonaparte remained in Bassano for many months. In 1815 it was included in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia and controlled by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

The original name of the town was Bassano Veneto. After the terrible battles on Mount Grappa in WWI, where thousands of soldiers lost their lives, a decision was made to change the name of the town. In 1928, the name was changed to Bassano Del Grappa, meaning Bassano of Mount Grappa, as a memorial to the soldiers killed. Ernest Hemingway during his days as an ambulance driver in the war spent a few days in Bassano and Schio. He placed parts of his book ‘A Farewell to Arms’ in the area as well. Also, other American writers spent some days in the Bassano area during WWI such as Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos.

In World War II, after the Armistice of Italy in 1942, the city was occupied by German troops. During this period there was a large amount of partisan action in the area, and one of the parks has a memorial to repercussions of this resistance.

As mentioned above, today the symbol of the town is the covered wooden pontoon bridge 'Ponte Alpini', which is said to have been rebuilt following the·designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569. The bridge has been destroyed many times, the most recent was·during WWII. The Alpine soldier’s organization or Alpini have based a large part of their historical pride on the battles of WWI that occurred around wooden bridge and Bassano Del Grappa. After the destruction of the bridge, they took up a private collection and had the bridge completely rebuilt. There are often reunions of soldiers on the bridge singing alpine songs and remembering their days as alpine soldiers.

Today Bassano del Grappa is part of Vicenza's industrial zone and the surrounding area has became quite urbanized is not that attractive for anyone just driving through the area. The SS 47 is a highway that connects the Veneto and Trentino regions and most signs in the area direct you on to this route and getting into the old part of the city can be a challenge at times. However, once within the old walls of the city you find a quaint historical town with a very easy and relaxed pace with plenty of shops and places to eat.  This is an area you need to know which roads to take and get where you want to go.

WHAT TO SEE IN BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

 Bassano del Grappa City map

  • Asparagus Festival is held each spring, with restaurants featuring the famous white asparagus. In the summer and fall, mushroom season is in full swing, with an amazing variety to choose from.·
  • On Piazza delia Libertiis the small Loggia del Comune, with its characteristic loggia, Palazzo del Municipio (18th century), and the church of S. Giovanni Battista, founded in 1308 and rebuilt in the late 18th century. During the Middle Ages, Piazzotto Monte Vecchio was Bassano's main square, overlooked by Palazzetto del Monte di Pietii (15th century), with inscriptions and coats-of-arms on the facade. Palazzo Pretorio, built in 1275, has a doorway from 1543.
  • The beautiful 18th-century patrician residence of Palazzo Sturm houses the Museo delia Ceramica, a collection of Bassano's famous ceramic ware, with hundreds of objects from local ceramic workshops, ranging from early fragments of medieval ceramics with sgraffito decoration to valuable examples of modern ceramics. Ponte Vecchio is the name of the pretty wooden bridge spanning the River Srenta, designed by Andrea Palladio in 1569, destroyed eight times by floods and war (last rebuilt in 1948).
  • On one side of the 'Ponte Alpini' bridge, the Museo degli Alpini overlooks the river. It contains mementoes and photographs from both World Wars and tells the story of the bridge. There are finds from excavations as well as material from the battle-fields and an interesting reconstruction of a WWI trench. On the other side, Villa Veggia ­Bonaguro is decorated with frescoes by pupils of Veronese and holds exhibitions of ceramics and craft products.
  • The Museo delia Grappa "Jacopo Poli" is located in 15th-century Palazzo delle Teste. The museum was created by the Poli family, who own the distillery (dates from 1898). The exhibitions focus on the history of grappa-distilling since it first began, showing how methods have changed; the production cycle of grappa, from the grape-harvest until the grappa comes out of the still. The library has a fine collection of antique and more recent specialist books on the subject. One of the most important is a volume entitled 'Liber dearte distillandi' by Hieronymus Brunschwigh (1500), the first book ever printed on the subject of grappa.
  • The Duomo stands within the precinct of the Castello superiore (the entrance is a doorway under a 13th ­century tower). The old church of S. Maria dates from before the year 1000, but has been altered several times. It has a sturdy campanile with a 13th-century tower.
  • The Tempio Votivo dei Caduti is a large, modern war memorial containing the remains of soldiers who died in WWI.

WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Bassano white asparagushas ancient and legendary origins that take us back to a historical period between 1200 and 1500.  In the area of Bassano, the asparagus is in an ideal enviorment to grow: sandy, soft, well drained and slightly calcareous terrain around the Brenta River.

  • Ristorante al Ponte,via Volpato 60, tel. 0423-219274 local dishes
  • Taverna al Ponte, via Angarano 2, 0424-503662, sandwiches
  • Baùto, via Trozzetti 27, 0424-34696, Veneto dishes
  • Osteria Trinità, contra San Giorgio 17 (outside the old walls) 0424-503700, seasonal foods

WHERE TO STAY IN BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

  • Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, piazzale Giardino 14, 0424-529845, just outside the old walls and near the train station
  • Hotel Al Castello, via Bonamigo 19, 0424-228665, inside the old city in great location to explore
  • Hotel Dal Ponte, viale De Gasperi 2/4, 0424-2191100, new simple hotel in a great location to explore the city. 

BEST ACTIVITES FOR AN ACTIVE VACATION IN THE BASSANO DEL GRAPPA AREA

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Bike Touring Anello del Grappa (Ride Around Monte Grappa) | Veneto

BIKE TOURING THE GRAPPA RING (ANELLO DEL GRAPPA) | TREVISO

The Anello del Grappa bike route is a great sign posted route that takes you around the base of the Monte Grappa using secondary roads, bike paths, and some sections of main roads.  The route is a great one day ride of 135 km and you should have a good base of miles in the legs prior to attempting.  Even though, there are no large climbs the route does have a few short ramps and moves in and out of the lower valley's.  For those less fit this makes a great 2 day route by starting either in Bassano del Grappa and riding to Feltre and returning to Bassano del Grappa.  Weather you ride clock wise, or counter clock wise you will have about the same difficulty level. I find that the clock wise route is the most scenic and enjoyable. 

Bike Touring The Anello del Grapp

BIKE TOURNING THE ANNELLO DEL GRAPPA ROUTE NOTES:

  • LENGTH: 135 km
  • START POINT: Bassano del Grappa Train Station
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 300 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 2 %
  • MAX GRADE: 7%

Bike Touring the Anello del Grappa

Checkpoints -  Bassano del Grappa, Pove del Grappa, Valstagna, Cismon del Grappa, Arsie, Fonzaso,  Feltre, Quero, Fener, Pederobba, Possagno, Crespano del Grappa

Time to ride:  The route generally takes about 6 hours to ride, there are several worthwhile stops along the way. 

Season - The best time to ride is from April to October, but you can ride during winter months but the valley and north side of the mountain, can be quite cold.

Map - Veneto 1:200,000 road map. Touring Club Italy map is the better choice.

Bike Touring From Vicenza to Cittadella | Veneto

 BIKE TOURING FROM VICENZA TO CITTADELLA | VICENZA PROVINCE

Bike Tour Vicenza, Postumia Road

There were many Roman settlements in the Veneto Region, and there are still signs of the old roads, even if the environment has been altered, parts of the old road foundations can still be found. The Postumia can be traced from Vicenza to the northwest and followed to Cittadella, Castelfrano Veneto and then south toNoale. Since the road sits·north of the mainautostrada "A-4", and the train line along the route is a secondary line there are not a lot of people travel this street during their vacation. This is a great off the beaten path trek to take as part of a day loop or as your transfer from the Vicenza province over into the Treviso province. Driving along the state road will not leave you impressed, the best way to discover this area is by bicycle or use the train to get to various walking points.

Bike Tour Italy, Vicenza to Cittadella

The area you will pass through is well known for its textile, gold, and tile producers, for a cyclist and those enjoying the outdoors there are also multipule bike factories and·mountain equipment manufactures.

THIS IS A GREAT BIKE AND TRAIN ROUTE

Bike Tour Vicenza Italy

Bike from Vicenza to Cittadella is only 22 km along the main road, however if you work your way to Cittadella by bicycle you can make a 30 to 40 route quite easily. The main Vicenza provincial towns along the main road are Monticello Conte Otto, Quinto Vicentino, and Bolzano Vicentino; once you are in the Padova province there are the towns of San Pietro di Giu, Gazzo, Grantorto, and after crossing the Brenta River you have Fontaniva, and Cittadella.

ROUTE NOTES:

Bike Tour Italy, Vicenza

REGION Veneto Region of Italy
PROVINCE Vicenza Province
START POINT VicenzaTrain Station
FINISH POINT Castelfranco Veneto Train Station
LENGTH 43 km
ELEVATION AT START 32 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 41 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 83 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 1%
MAXIMUM GRADE 3%
SPECIAL NOTES Great Train and bike route.

NOTE TO MISS

VICENZA- The north eastern of the Vicenza city limits has many hidden monuments and historical villas. The township of Bertesina, has the villa Marcello, a Palladio masterpiece. In the township of Anconetta is the villa Lampertico.

MONTICELLOCONTE OTTO - The town crest shows a castle on the hill that is said to have belonged to Otto Bonamici, who controlled the area in the 13th century. The actual castle no longer remains but it is also believed that the villa Valmarana Bressan was built on the ruins, the villa was one of Palladio's earlier works.

BOLZANOVICENTINO - The area has been a crossroads along the travel routes between Lisiera (a nearby township where, today the Pastunia road and  the railway intersect with the main road to theValdastico valley. Within the township is the Pallido villa Valmarana Zen, one of the main works in the Palladio's "Four Books of Architecture".

QUINTOVICENTINO - The name comes from the Latin Quinto, which means fifth, and is a reference to the towns position from Vicenza, measured in Roman miles along the old via Postumia. The townships main buildings, villa Thiene is now the town hall and holds a collection that shows the legacy of the Vicentine family that once owned the area.

The ancient Via Postumia

The Via Postumia is an ancient Roman road constructed in 148 BC by the consul Spurius Postumius Albinus Magnus. The road was built for military purposes, it joint the Latin colonies of the Cisalpina area (Piacenza, Mantova, Creomona) to Aquileia and eastern territories. The Via Postumia was a defense line that crossed the Veneto, a region rich in culture whose history has been influenced by the numerous peoples that settled in its territories over the centuries. Veneto peoples were called Paleo Veneti: they were simple and friendly people, most of them practiced subsistence farming. After Romans’ invasion, they built many infrastructures such as the Via Postumia. A peculiarity of this geographical area is the underground springs. Rivers deposited strata of differentially permeable soils that formed several underground springs. This property of the soil influenced the construction and the course of the road. Despite the economic boom experienced by the Veneto region after WWII, which drastically changed the territories crossed by the Via Postumia, the production of traditional products such as wine did not halt and still today the region is well known for its fine wines. The ancient Roman road crossed the very same hilly region where today DOC wines are produced. Driving eastwards along the Via Postumia, explorers arrive in Valeggio sul Mincio, at the doors of Veneto region, and they can enjoy the mills, the traditional houses, the ancient and mysterious Visconteo Bridge over the Mincio river and the view of the Scaligero Castle. Also, the city of Verona, well known for its cultural heritage and for hosting two Shakespearean plays has developed along the Via Postumia. Past Verona the traces of the ancient Roman road get lost while beyond national borders its course is still well defined. In Slovenia the Via Postumia ends in the thousand-year-old city of Postumia, today widely known for its spa and caves.

Bike Touring Palladio's Landscapes E7 Route | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING  PALLADIO'S LANDSCAPES (E-7) BIKE ROUTE | VICENZA PROVINCE

Bike Touring Vicenza's E7 Bike route

Vicenza is the land of Palladio: it is here where Andrea Palladio lived and left behind the majority of his masterpieces. This is why UNESCO has awarded the historical city of Vicenza and the Palladian villas throughout the province with the honorable title of World Heritage Site.  on this trip you will be able to pass through Vicenza's provincial countryside until you reach Lago di Fimon laying at the foot of the Berici Hills.

Bike Tour Italy's Vicenza E7 bike route

Distance: 30 km
Route: Paved bike paths and secondary roads paved in most sections.  One uphill section that can be detoured by taking the alternate roue on level ground.
Start/Finish: Vicenza

 

Bike Touring Passo Campogrosso from Recoaro Terme Climb | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING PASSO CAMPOGROSSO FROM RECOARO TERME CLIMB | VICENZA PROVINCE

recoaro terme campogrosso

passo campogrosso recoaro

  • START: Pecoaro Terme
  • FINISH: Passo Campogrosso
  • LENGHT: 12.19 km
  • START ELEVATION: 445 a.s.l. meters
  • FINISH ELEVATION: 1464 a.s.l. meters
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 1019 meters
  • AVERAGE GRADE: 8.4%
  • MAX GRADE: 14%

Bike Touring Passo Zovo from Novale Climb | Vicenza

BIKING TOURING PASSO ZOVO FROM NOVALE CLIMB | VICENZA PROVINCE

passo zovo schio

Nice climb in the Vicenza Province that connects the Valdagno Valley to Schio.  The climb has a few short steep ramps but for the most part it is a nice spin to the top.  This is the best route to use to reach the Vicenza Plain and the towns of Vicenza or Bassano del Grappa. 

BIKE TOURING ROUTE NOTES FOR THE PASSO ZOVO CLIMB

passo zovo novale

  • START: Novale, via dell Oro
  • FINISH: PASSO ZOVO
  • LENGTH: 4.63 km
  • START ELEVATION: 294 a.s.l. meter
  • FINISH ELEVATION: 634 a.s.l. meter
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 340 meters
  • AVERAGE GRADE: 7.3%
  • MAX GRADE: 22%

Bike Touring Passo Zovo from Schio Bike Climb | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING PASSO ZOVO FROM SCHIO CLIMB | VICENA PROVINCE

passo zovo

Excellent bike climb utilized to move from the upper Vicenza Plains area over to the Valdagno Valley.

BIKE TOURING ROUTE NOTES FOR PASSO ZOVO

passo zovo schio

  • START: Schio
  • FINISH: Passo Zovo
  • LENGTH: 5.76 km
  • START ELEVATION: 220 a.s.l. meters
  • FINISH ELEVATION: 626 a.s.l. meters
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 406 meters
  • AVERAGE GRADE: 7%
  • MAX GRADE: 15.5%

Bike Touring The Colli Berici Wine Road | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING THE COLLI BERICI WINE ROAD | VICENZA PROVINCE

berici wine hills

This is one of the best bike ridesin the Venetois just south of the city of Vicenza, in the Colli Berici.  The Tocai RossoWine Road is a marked route through the hills that takes you near many of the local producers.    As well, you will find the route full of  Palladio and Venetian villas, vinyards, caves, small villages, and hidden history.  This bike ride is well off the typical tourist path and givers you a true look at Italy.

This is a great one-day trip even if you are staying in Venice, Padova, or Veronasince it offers you a chance to visit Vicenza and see the country side.  If you are cycling through on the classic velo 7 bike route I would make a route change and include the back portion of this route.   The tourist office has a couple of route suggestions for day rides but this is a much better route.  I you are not a strong rider there is now an option to ride along a bike path that has been extended past Barbarano.

Getting There:

Vicenza is on the main train linebetween Venice and Milano.  You can catch a train with a bike car and once you get off at Vicenza train station you are at the start of the route.  There are also plenty of options for basing yourself in Vicenza. 

Bike Rental: You can organize a bike rental from Italiaoutdoors.

Check Points- Vicenza train Station - Riveria Berica bike path - Tormeno - Arcugnano - Passo S. Gottaro - Barbarano Vicenztino - Nanto - Castegnero - Lumignano -Costozzo - Longare- Vicenza

 

Colli Berici Route Information
Route Length 49 km
Start Elevation 38 meter
Max Elevation 378 meters
Gain 433 meters
 

 

 

Bike Touring The Lapio Bike Climb | Colli Berici

BIKE TOURING LAPIO CLIMB FROM LAGO FIMON | VICENZA PROVINCE

Riding the bicycle in Italy means climbing and enjoying the contours of the land. Within the Colli Berici are multiple numbers of climbs you can link together for a great challenge, to get to one hidden town to another, or to train for the mountains that are only 50 km away, or just.  When the weather starts to change and upper elevations start to close due to snow or in early season before the melts, there are plenty of variations to ride that will help you find the form without resorting to a set of rollers all winter. 

ROUTE NOTES FOR THE Lapio Climb - from Lago di Fimon

Bike Tour Itaiy, Lapio map

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Vicenza Province
HILLS/COLLI Berici Hills
NEAREST CITY Vicenza
START POINT Lago di Fimon
LENGTH 1.2 km
START ELEVATION 14 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 164 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 150 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 12.5%
MAXIMUM GRADE 18%

 

Bike Tour Italy, Vicenza Province

The Lapio Climb from Lago di Fimon is only 2 km in length, but it presents a steep wall that will challenge you and most local rides do not do this climb often, when I invited some guys, I had linked up with on a ride, to join me they were quick to say 'no grazie'.  As soon as you turn off the lower road you understand why.  The road

I find many of the short climbs like this a challenge due to not having time to get your rhythm and setting in for the long haul.   The route starts just before you arrive to Lago di Fimon, you will pass a sign posting for Lapio prior to this climb but that is the Lapio "normal" route and the main road, this small road is not used often but be aware of cars.

 lapio-from-lago-fimon-1

The first 500-800 meters are 15% average and my computer hit 18% a couple of times.  The road is in kept in good shapebut there is usually a bit ofwash out along the sides so be sure to be careful if a car does come pass.  After 800 meters there is a short break and then you are into the heart of the climb.  My computer stayed steady at 15% and jumped up to 20% for about 15 meters. You know you are almost done when you see the Lapio community sign. 

lapio-from-lago-fimon-2

After the Lapio sign and curve there is another right hand curve with a really steep inside corner, there is also a water grate in the curve so be careful when crossing. Right after this curve the climb is down to 2-3% for about 200 meters until the road intersects with the primary road leading up to Lapio.

lapio-from-lago-fimon-3

Vicenza can be reached by Train for Venezia, Padova, and Verona. The ride from the train station to the base of the climb is approximately 7 km.

Bike Touring The Vicenza Province | Veneto

BIKE TOURING THE VICENZA PROVINCE | VENETO

Bike Tour VicenzaThe Vicenza Province is one of the Veneto's best riding areas, it has all types of terrain; from flats, rolling hills, medium mountains, to major climbs, and the weather allows you to ride 7 to 8 months out of the Year.  Considering that a large portion of the Italian bike industry still has bases of operation in the province it is easy to see why there are always people out on the road.

There are flat routes with lots of culture and history stops along the way for casual riders, rolling hills to explore the wine zones and food of the various towns.  Plus for those liking hills, the Prealps of the Asiago Altopiano, and Mt Grappamountain groups and the Piccolo Dolomitesoffer some early season ascents for anyone wanting to train for the Alps and Italian Dolomites later in the year.

ONLINE RESOURCES TO PLAN BIKE TOURING THE VICENZA PROVINCE

The website for the Provincia di Vicenza a few cycling routes that are listed in Italian, the local travel office gives out a free bike guide to the region but again it is only in Italy, and not structured very well.  There is another website that has a section with bike routes or percorsi in Italian, called Tutti in Bici (this is the local branch of FIAB – the ‘Italian Friends of the Bike’).

There are several local bike guides that have been written and you can find in the local bookstore in Vicenza.

Bike Tour Vicenza Province ItalyGREAT BIKE ROUTES IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

WHERE TO BASE YOURSELF FOR A BIKE TOUR IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

Biking in the Vicenza Province can be divided into two specific sections the central and southern part of the Province and the Northern part. 

To ride in the central and southern zone your best base is the city of Vicenza, Italy, from here you can travel east, west, and south, and there are 4-5 days of great riding if you ride 40 to 50 miles per day. This is a great location for all levels of riders and especially if you are traveling with a non-rider.  Being on the main train line also allows you plenty of non riding day options and lets you extend your riding range.  Fit riders can ride to Asiago and Mt Grappa from Vicenza, it is a 140 km round trip.

To ride the northern part of the province of Vicenza it is better to base yourself in the town Bassano del Grappa, From here you can ride Asiago, Monte Grappa, and the hills leading to Asolo. There are plenty of flat rides as well. I suggest Bassano del Grappa only if you are an avid rider who loves to climb and and that is the focus of your vacation. There are 4 great rides out of Bassano, then you tend to repeat some of the same terrain. 

Breganze Wine Zone, Vicenza Italy

BREGANZE WINE ZONE, VICENZA ITALY

breganze wine

Grape vines have been growing in the Breganze area since pre-history and references to growing vines are present in trade contracts dating back to the period between 1300 and 1600, and evidence suggests that Breganze has been renowned for its quality wines since the eighteenth century.  The area of provenance, which obtained the D.O.C. designation in 1969, includes some municipalities in the province of Vicenza, delineated by theAstico and Brenta rivers, in the area where the hills meet the plains and where vines produce a high quality fruit.

The wine-growing and wine-making tradition in the area has typically focussed on native grapevines, especially Vespaiolo, used to make Breganze Vespaiolo and Breganze Vespaiolosuperiore and, once the grapes have been carefully selected and dried, Breganze Torcolato.

In addition, imported grapevines find this the perfect climate, allowing for success with pure and mixed varieties,
such as

Breganze Bianco, Breganze Bianco superiore, Breganze Rosso and Breganze Rosso superiore.

The other D.O.C. wines are Breganze Chardonnay, Breganze Chardonnaysuperiore, Breganze Pinotbianco, Breganze Pinotbiancosuperiore, Breganze Pinot grigio, Breganze Pinot grigiosuperiore, Breganze Sauvignon, Breganze Sauvignonsuperiore, Breganze Cabernet, Breganze Cabernetsuperiore, Breganze Cabernet Sauvignon, Breganze Cabernet Sauvignonsuperiore, Breganze Pinotnero, Breganze Pinotnerosuperiore, Breganze Marzemino and Breganze Marzeminosuperiore.

"Riserva" identifies Rosso, Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero, Marzemino and Torcolato that are put on the market after an ageing period of at least two years.

The Strada del Vino (Wine Road) itinerary winds through the foothills of Vicenza between the valleys carved by the Astico and Brenta rivers. The tour begins in the town of Thiene, which plays an increasingly important role in Vicenza's economy and social framework. Moving eastward, it leads to Lonedo di Lugo, in the municipality of Lugo di Vicenza, where Villa Godi Malinverni and Villa Piovene are considered charming examples of Palladio's architectural works in Veneto. The tour continues a few kilometres further to Breganze, before dipping towards the plain, passing over the Bastia di Montecchio Precalcino, located on a lonely hill, skirting the banks of the Astico river and the town of Sandrigo, the birthplace of the traditional dish called baccalà alla vicentina. Mason Vicentino is as famous for its cherries as Marostica, a Medieval town whose city walls surround the Piazza degli Scacchi and connect the Higher Castle to its lower counterpart. The tour culminates in Bassano del Grappa, one of the oldest and most beautiful provincial towns in Italy.

Other Things To Enjoy In the Area

The human chess game at Marostica, the typical local produce such as Asiago's cheeses and the baccalà of Sandrigo, the white asparagus fairs at Bassano del Grappa, or the famous spirit named after this place..... all in an area famed for its hospitality. Come and sample the pleasures of the Torcolato di Breganze wine route, the road of culture and good food. The food and wine of Vicenza awaits you all year round!

Brojon sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

BROJON SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

The Brojon sector is "the other hand of Lumignano". The wall is divided in three parts, all requiring a different ability: resistence, tecnique and power.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

BROJON CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
all year
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
35
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5c to 7a+
HEIGHT 25m

routes

From left to right

Danze di muse erranti 6a+
La quadratura del cerchio 5c/6a
La sfera e il labirinto 6a+
Gna omo 6a
Tom e Jerry 6a
Triginon 6a
Paturnie uterine 6a+/b
Clito rovente 6c
Luxuria 6b
Libido violenta 6c+
Empireo emozionale 6b+
Il muro di Jericho 6c+
La facciata di Sisifo 6c+
Viaggio nell'insolito 7a
Trance da vertigine 7a+
La colonna infame 7b
La caduta degli dei 6b+
Il piano di Andromaca 6a+
Pose morbose 6b+
Astrazione empatica 6a
Divina follia 6b+
Paranoia psichedelica 6b
Gigio grigio 6c
Incubi metafisici 6b+
Urla nel silenzio 6c
Tersicore 6c
Canto notturno 6c
Bustomania 5c
Dissoluzione entropica 6b+
Voglie di doglie 6b+
Acid tendency 6a
Ciri 6a
Ipocondria 6a+
Come una cometa 6a+
Valium 6a

Calvene, Vicenza Province

CALVENE, VICENZA PROVINCE

calvene

The town fo Calvene, in the Vicenza province, sits in the hills at the foot of the Asiago Altopiano.  The old piazzas has a water fountain, and there is normally free Wi-Fi as well. 

The Comuni of Calvene is bordered by Asiago -Caltrano - Chiappano - Lugo di Vicenza

Camisano Vicentino, Vicenza Province

CAMISANO VICENTINO, VICENZA PROINCE

camisano

Camisano is no longer the quite farm community with it's old square that hosted one of the largest markets in the area, every Sunday.  Trendy subdivisions of housing have filled up much of the farmland, and a few small factories keep the main road busy.  The town makes a great stop if you need something mid day.   It is best to cross the town north to south and try to avoid riding on the main road unless it is during repose time.

Camisano Vicentino, Bike Italy

GETTING TO CAMISANO VICENTINO

Regional bus or private transfer is the only way to get to the area without a personal car.  If you wish to bike tour through the area you can do so following secondary roads and it is not a bad point to include into a Vicenza to Piazzola sul Brenta to Padova route.

Campiglia Dei Berici, Vicenza Province

CAMPIGLIA DEI BERICI, VICENZA PROVINCE

villa Repeta

Campiglia dei Berici is farmland and located just south of the Colli Berici. One time the land was owned by the Bishops of Vicenza and the land area was controlled by a castle.  The parish church was built in the 1300's, and there is a couple of interesting art works inside.  There is also the Palladio villa Repeta-Mocenigo to visit.  

Cassola, Vicenza Province

CASSOLA, VICENZA PROVINCE

cassola

The township of Cassola, Vicenza is in the northeast of Vicenza and borders the Treviso province.   Cassola is on the train line from Castelfranco, TV to Bassano del Grappa and is the middle of the Industrial hub of the Veneto.   There is a fresh water spring, and speculation is that the town has been settled and perhaps a way station on the Roman road.  It is most certain that a few of the WWI army camps were established at the town, to support the conflicts taking place on the Altopiano of Asiago.

Cassola is bordered by Bassano del Grappa - Rossano Veneto - Rosà - Mussolente - Romano d'Ezzelino - Loria(TV)

Castegnero Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

CASTEGNERO ROCK CILMBING AREA | VICENZA

Castegnero is located in the Berici hills just south of the Lumignano Climbing Area. This site was developed about 10 years ago and still growing slowly. The rock quality is good even though the cliff is not very tall. There are plenty of good routes to work on at the moment, with newer routes being developed.  The limestone is a reddish quality not the grey you find throughout other Colli Berici sites.  Castegnero is a great place for a change of pace that is very quite on the week days, with plenty of routes for all levels. 

At one time this was a good area to escape the crowds at Lumignano on Sunday, however now that the site is getting more exposure it tends to get crowded on the weekends.

CASTENGERO CLIMBING AREA GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
NEAREST TOWN Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Berici Hills
BEST TIME OF YEAR Spring and Fall
APPROACH 15 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 25 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 4 - 8a (50+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

ROUTES

From right to left

Le tre caprette 6a
El leon el musso 5b
Placca Balton 4c
Diletta 7a
Prigioniero 6c
Variante prigioniero nero 7b+
Red Wall 7c+
Punch  
Attenti al gufo 6c+
Lacrima rossa 6b+
Attenti al marchese 6a+
Local 6c
Il senso della vita 7a+
Profondo rosso 6a+
Pianeta Marte 6b+
Il passato che ritorna 5c
La banalità del bene 5b
Highway to hell  
The doctor Henry 7a+
Cuore di Miki 8a
Diabolik  
Diego e Chiara  
Lo zio Claudio (Permessino) 7a
L'ironia della gente 6a
I pirati di Erto 6b+
Il nulla 6c+
Cielo senza nuvole 7b
I tre sognatori 6b+
Le strade della vita 6b
Non c'è passione senza amore 7b
Mia dolce e terribile "Didò" 7a
Monsieur Verdoux 6b+
50 volte caste 6b+
Madre dolcissima per "Clo" 6b
Miolato's spit 6a+
Il bacio della piovra 6a
Ricchi dentro 6b
Un legame chiamato amicizia 6c+
L'urlo della farfalla 6b
Attraverso il cielo 6b
Machete 6a+
Laguna blu 6c+
Ferronato crack 5c
Occhi dolci per Paola spriz 6c+
Il guerriero di Feriole  
La via del Bredone  
P.F.F. 7b
Ciliege e magnesio 7c
Storm 8a
La tristezza 7b
Duce crack 5c

 

Castlevecchio Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

CASTLEVECCHIO ROCK CLIMBING AREA | VENETO REGION

Rock Climb Italy, Castelvecchio climb

The Castelvecchio climbing site is located in the hills above the town of Valdagno, in the VIcenza Province.  The site gets its name from the small communtiy where it is located.  The climbing area is a summer destination since it faces north and sits around 600 meters in elevation. The climbing area has been developed and is maintained by the local climbing Association (CAI). A great have day place to stop over and enjoy on a hot day, excellent for smaller childern and place to picnic.

CASTELVECCHIO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
LOCATION Vicenza
NEAREST TOWN Valdagno
GEOGRAPHY Lessini Mountains
BEST TIME OF YEAR Summer
APPROACH 5 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 30 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 4-7c (40+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

CLIMBING ROUTES AT THE CASTELVECCHIO AREA

  1. Yburt 24m 7a+
  2. Grall 23m 6b
  3. Burba 91 23m 5c
  4. Michelangelo 25m 7b
  5. Hash 22m 6c+ Settore centrale
  6. Pink Panter 23m 5c+
  7. Hard rock 24m 7c
  8. Miriam 24m 6a
  9. Nibelungen 24m 6c+
  10. Alka seltz 24m 7a
  11. Paola 22m 4b
  12. Materasso 18m 6c
  13. Samarcanda 18m 7b
  14. Free fall 20m 6c
  15. Baby climber 16m 4c
  16. Uno 10m 4a
  17. Due 12m 4a
  18. Tre 16m 4a
  19. Take it easy 16m 6b
  20. Ludwig 16m 6b
  21. Attatroll 22m 6a+
  22. Silvè 22m 7a
  23. Sei 22m 5c
  24. Meteorite 25m 6b
  25. Scorpions 25m 6b
  26. Slate 16m 6a Settore alveare
  27. Ape maia(la) 16m 4c
  28. Asterix 18m 6b
  29. Ape muraria 22m 6c
  30. Sette 20m 6a
  31. Silvia 20m 6b+
  32. Ice cream 20m 7b
  33. Striscero’ 20m 7b+
  34. Gioco selvaggio 22m 6c
  35. Mantra 18m 6c+ 36 Matrix
  36. Obelix 38 Felix
  37. Coca e cibalgina 24m 7?
  38. Volere volare 24m 7?
  39. Due gocie di valium 24m 8?
  40. Dove osano i golosi 25m 7c

Cava San Floriano Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

CAVA SAN FLORIANO CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

Old mine located at Monte Grappa. A nice area to climb with plenty of room for kids and other's. If nearby Costalungo is a bit hard or you have some smaller climber's with you this is a good choice for the day.

CAVA SAN FLORIANO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
NEAREST TOWN Bassano del Grappa
GEOGRAPHY Monte Grappa
BEST TIME OF YEAR Spring Summer, and Fall
APPROACH 10 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 25 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 4 - 7a (20+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

RECOMMENDED ROUTES

Classica Sector | Lumignano Climbing Area Vicenza Province

CLASSICA SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

Photo of the Classic Sector of Lumignano Rock Climbing Italy

The Classica Sector at Lumignano, was the first sector to be bolted in the early 1970's and during the 1980's hosted some of Europes hardest routes.  Even today the route quality is exceptional even if climbing skill has increased.  The grades tend to be very stiff and combined with the style of climbing it is very difficult to on-sight.  The grey and red streaked limestone is part of an undersea reef so you find lots of small pockets.  Many routes are very techincal requiring good foot work and strong finger strength. 

CLASSICA AREA CLIMBING GUIDE

Best time to climb is during cooler months and this is winter destination.  However, you can climb early morning until 1000 a.m. or after about 1700 p.m. during the warmer months. 

ROUTES ARE LISTED STARTING ON FAR LEFT TO THE RIGHT

(note that some routes have upper sections) most routes are marked.

  • 40 gocce di Valium 7a/ 7c+
  • Via Casarotto A2/IV+
  • Placca Campi 6a
  • Melli 5c
  • Totem 6a/b
  • Fessure Rossi III+, V
  • Via Conforto V, V+ Variation V
  • U2 6a
  • Joshua Tree 6b
  • Spigolo Casarotto 6a, III+
  • Eroiken varianten VI
  •  Varianten diretten 6a
  • New Route 7a+
  • Mariacher 6c
  • Libellulalilla 6a
  • Pinguino 6a+
  • Simeoni 6a
  • Bucomania 6b
  • Via Bisson 6b
  • Via Renè 6b
  • Kit e Katzi 6b+
  • Goccia d’acqua 6b
  • Goccia d’arsenico 7a
  • Mister X 7c
  • Lee Oswald 6a
  • Tentativo Mariacher ??
  • Fata Morgana 7b+
  • Ape IV+
  • Ali Agca 6a
  • Cina 6a+
  • Catarro 6c
  • Maruscao IV
  • Palkiewich 6a
  • Pancia Classica 5a
  • O Giglio Mio 6a
  • Vecchia Volpe 6a
  • Mickey Mouse 6a+
  • Pancia Casarotto 6b+
  • Margherita 7a+
  • Odore dei Sogni 7a+
  • Sogni d’Oro 7b+
  • Oro Puro 7b/c
  • Arco d’Oro 7c
  • Aguaplano 8b
  • Atomic Café 8a+
  • Master Blaster 7b
  • Vietato l’ingresso 7b
  • Burro e Piombo 6c/7a
  • Rotpunkt di Sera 7a
  • Passo Falso 7c+
  • Scarlet Letter 8a?
  • El Somaro 8a
  • Mare Allucinante 8a/b
  • Falangioni 8b
  • Boomerang 8a
  • Orient Express 7b
  • Durlindana 6c
  • Anny 6c
  • Pistacchio 6b+
  • Spranghe 5b
  • Fly down 7b
  • Diedro della Shrega 5a
  • Haidi 5c
  • Pedro 5a
  • Spigolo della Sbraga 5b
  • Melquiades 6b+
  • Macondo 6b+
  • Marcedonia 6a
  • Etique Etoc 6b
  • Strapiombo della Sbrega 6a
  • Pui dolore per favore 6b+
  • Befana 6c+
  • Eddy 5a
  • Delrio Alimentare 6a+
  • Robbins 6b
  • Pink Panter 6b
  • Grillo Parlante 7a
  • Esperimento ?
  • Scacciapuffi 5a
  • Bala degli Arcobaleni 6a
  • Lo Sgombro 6b
  • Orrenda 6a
  • Excalibur 6a
  • Pippo Pamir 7a
  • Scharura del Sahara 6c+
  • Ginevra 7a+
  • Fly Dreams 7b
  • Trichomonas 6a
  • Aswan 6c+
  • Beverly Hills 6b+
  • Marilyn 6b
  • Fessura 17 6a+
  • Stefanel 6a
  • Coccodrillo Crak 5c
  • Lampo d’Argento 6c
  • Ma Chere 7c
  • Papillon 7b
  • Jubba de Hut 7b+
  • Technicolor 7a
  • Miso Rock 8a
  • Soia Climb 8
  • Mago della Propoli 7a
  • I Want Your Sex 7a
  • Fessura Mariacher 6c
  • Deidro Pilier IV
  • Giosuè 6b+
  • Physical 6b
  • Hot Dog 6a
  • Emmenthal 6c
  • (A+B)/2 6c+

Colli Berici Wine Zone, Vicenza Province

COLLI BERICI WINE ZONE, VICENZA PROVINCE

colli berici wine road

The Colli Berici (Berici Hills) could be considered the green heart in the Veneto Region, a rural area of extraordinary beauty where nature always has a surprise to offer in its landscapes and unspoilt, little-known spots.The area of provenance is in the heart of the Veneto plain, to the south of Vicenza. In these limestone hills, wine-growing dates back to man's earliest settlements in this area, where the climate even favours the cultivation of olive groves. Besides soil and climatic conditions, the quality of the wine from the Berici Hills also derives from the passion of generations of wine-growers who have already established the Protection Consortium in 1982.

The grapevine typical of this area is Tocai rosso which, grown in the oldest documented areas dotted among the Barbarano Vicentino hills, makes Colli Berici Barbarano. This is a very special ruby red wine, with a vibrant fragrance, and fruity, dry, floral and well-orchestrated flavour.

The other D.O.C. wines are: Colli Berici Chardonnay, Colli Berici Garganega, Colli Berici Pinot bianco, Colli Berici Sauvignon, Colli Berici Tai, Colli Berici spumante, Colli Berici Tai rosso, Colli Berici Cabernet, Colli Berici Cabernet reserve and Colli Berici Merlot.

In the Berici Hills, the Strada del Vino (Wine Road) follows a charming itinerary along vineyards and cultivations following the line where plain and hills meet. Several villas, villages, retreats and convents stand testimony to the lure the area has had throughout the ages.Còvoli, prehistoric natural caves, and fortified castles dating to the tenth and eleventh centuries are treasures bearing witness to show how long the work of man has configured these charming hills during the past ages.

The Strada del Vino (Wine Road) begins in Vicenza, at the old Arch standing at the foot of the "Scalette", the stairs leading the faithful to the Sanctuary of Monte Berico. It then passes along a section that skirts the most famous villa by Palladio,"La Rotonda". From here, it follows the contour of the Colli until linking all the towns built at the bottom of the hills, the great historical and wine and food heritage of the Road. The itinerary continues on to the outskirts of Verona and the Chiampo valley, finally ending in Vicenza.

Whites

Chardonnay DOC: This internationally popular varietal has been cultivated quite successfully here in these volcanic hills. It is typically straw-yellow in color, with a delicate bouquet, and a dry, harmonious, fruity taste. It is typically aged in stainless steel, and can be used pure, or mixed with a slight quantity of Pinot Bianco. It pairs well with fish and rice dishes.

Garganego DOC: This varietal is an indigenous grape that is grown from the Verona Hills to the Berici Hills, and is the grape used in the well-known Soave wine. It also exhibits a straw-yellow color, with a dry, slightly acidic taste. Again, it pairs well with fish, as well as pasta and rice dishes with more robust sauces, and especially with the local baccalavicentina.

Pinot Bianco DOC: The DOC wines from this varietal are produced either from 100% Pinot Bianco grapes, or can include a small quantity of Pinot Grigio. This wine has a lighter straw-yellow color, and a delicate flower and fruit bouquet. It is best served cold, and pairs well with shellfish.

Sauvignon DOC: Another internationally popular variety that has been successfully cultivated here in the volcanic soil of the Berici Hills. Straw yellow in color, with a slightly vegetal aroma, and a dry, full-bodied taste. Pairs well with first courses and fish.

Spumante DOC: A sparkling white wine, and the newest DOC wine in the Berici Hills. It contains at least 50% garganego grapes, with Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay used as blending grapes. It has fine and lingering bubbles, with a fresh dry taste.

Tocai Italico or Tai BiancoDOC: Produced using the indigenous grape of the same name, with occasionally a little garganago blended in, this white wine is again straw yellow in color, with a harmonious, dry, and tangy flavor. It is wonderful as an aperitif, or paired with first course dishes.

Reds

Cabernet DOC: The bordeaux grapes have been quite successful since being introduced to the Berici Hills. The Cabernet Colli Berici DOC uses Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Franc grapes. A Cabernet DOC qualifies for the “Reserve” label if it has undergone three or more years of aging, six months of which must be in wooden casks. These wines are deep ruby red, tending toward orange as they age. They are dry, full-bodied, and robust with strong tannins. The pair well with roasted red meat dishes, as well as strong cheeses.

Merlot DOC: Another bordeaux grape makes a strong appearance in this area, producing a slightly less intense red wine. Ruby red, with a velvety, full-bodied, harmonious flavor that pairs well with robust pastas with meat sauce.

Tai Rosso or Barbarano DOC: A DOC produced from the indigenous Tocal Rosso grape, a close relation to the Sardinian cannonau or French grenache varietal. Before 2007, the name was Tocai Rosso, but has been changed to avoid confusion with the Hungarian varietal of the same name. It is produced aroundBarbarano Vicentinoand the surrounding towns, and so is sometimes named after the town itself. It is clear and brilliant, with a bright red color, and a balanced, harmonious taste with a hint of cherries. It pairs well with pasta and rice dishes, braised white meats and grilled meats.

Conco | Vicenza Province

CONCO | VICENZA PROVINCE

conco

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.

Costalungo Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

COSTALUNGO CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

Rock Climb Italy, Costalungo climb

Costalungo was developed several years ago, and it is a great surprise.  From an old mining areas, but this area this site has a different vibe offering quality routes on good rock.  The routes are good and as natural as can be after the cutting, which occurred about 100 years ago.  The site sits above the city of Bassano del Grappa on the road leading up to Monte Grappa.  The cliff faces to the south, and this is a great place to climb on a sunny winter day.  You can also enjoy on a late summer evening as well and then head down into Bassano for a glass of wine and snack. 

The weather needs to be cool for the best contact otherwise the rock can feel a bit slick. The setting at the site itself is not the greatest, but walking out onto the trail you have some wonder views of the Veneto Valley.

COSTALUNGO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
LOCATION Monte Grappa
NEAREST TOWN Bassano del Grappa
Rock Climb Italy, Costalungo Map
BEST TIME OF YEAR All year, located at 600 meters elevation it is a nice area in the summer and winter
APPROACH TIME 15 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 30 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 6 - 8b (30+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

RECOMMENDED ROUTES

  • Cuore Matto 7c+

Costozza, Vicenza Province

COSTOZZA, VICENZA PROVINCE

Costazza, Vicenza Italy

Costozza is located just south ofVicenzain the Berici hills and is a perfect example of, the small oasis of wonder, that you can find as you travel around the Veneto by bike or foot. Costozza is easy to reach from the main train station in Vicenza either by foot or by bicycle.

If you are planning to explore the Vicenza area by foot, even if you're not an avid walker, Costozza offers you a nice 2 to 3 hour visit, and is a welcome break from the main tourist path. To get there you need to take the orange city bus number (8) eight, from the Vicenza train station (make sure that the time posted for the bus has a 'L' after the time, this means the bus goes all the way to Lumignano, if not the bus will only take you as far as Debba).

If you are exploring Vicenza by bicycle there are several routes to take that will take you through Costozza.· The easiest bike ride is taking the bike path that runs along the Riviera Berica.· This path takes you by some great sites and you can follow all the way to Longare and then to Costozza.

Today the village of Costozza is part of the Longare community in the Vicenza province of the Veneto. There is evidence of· community settlement in the area since prehistoric times due to the abundance of caves and water sources in the area.· During the Roman period Costozza became an important trade center and the rock was quarried from the nearby cliffs which was considered high-quality stone was very popular.

The community maintained its prominence until the Hun invasions around 452. For the next couple hundred years the area caves were a refuge, from the many invaders marauding throughout the region on their way to Rome. Once the Lombardi had gained control of the area in 700 A.D. Anselmo di Norantola sold much of the Berici Hill area and Costozza to the Benedict monks of Modena.· It is interesting, that from the agricultural culture established by these monk's, created the habit to grow peas.· The cultivation of the peas became well-known as the favourite ingredient 'risi bisi' (the Veneto risotto) that was served to the Venetian Doga, on 25 March to celebrate the founding of Venice, and in May of each year there is the 'Risi Bisi' festival held in nearby Lumignano.·

Costozza and the surrounding area were primary controlled by the monk's and the city state of Vicenza. During 1000 and 1200 A.D. Vicenza and Padua were in constant conflict over the area. Historical records show that Padua eventually gained control of the area, and it is written that they suffered through a period of slavery and repression.

In the early 1400s the area became part of the Venetian empire and once again the stone quarries started to have a prominent role in local trade. The cliffs of the area supplied most of the stone utilized to build many of the villas, throughout the countryside. It was also during this period that Longare was established as a community headquarters and Costozza and the surrounding area fail under its control.

During the Second World War the city of Vicenza was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing. Many of the caves in Costozza and throughout the Berici hills were utilized as bomb refuges and to store supplies. It is rumoured that one time the Italian military had an airplane engine repair facility in the Costozza caves and at various sites in the hills German troops were prepared to man fortifications to defend the northern regions.
When you turn off the main road or deviate from the bike path you right into an area today that is very easy to imagine what it was like 100 years ago.

Costozza should be on your list when you visit Venice and the Veneto.· This is a great one day bike ride or easy walk to enjoy and after your activity there is the Colli Berici wines to sample and several good 'Slow Food' places to eat.

Covolo Thiene Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

COVOLO THIENE CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

Covolo Climbing Site Thiene Vicenza, "Silvio Reffo on "L'Attimo"

Covolo has been a well known area to some of Europe's best climbers for years.  This climbing area hosts some of the hardest routes in the Italy.  Sitting on the southern slopes of the Asiago Plateau, the wall is just above the small Hamlet of Covolo.  There are no facilities in this town and please respect the parking area and utilize the marked trail to reach the wall.

In the past years a few new routes have been bolted on the lower left part of the crag, that are easier and offer a good warm up.  The center section has some of the hardest climbing in the region.  You need to ensure you have a 70 meter rope for most routes, and the overhang makes recovery challenging.  Be ready for a big swing near the bottom or have your belay climb to clean the route, MAKE SURE YOU PLACE A KNOT AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE:

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

COVOLO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
LOCATION Asiago Mountain
NEAREST TOWN Lugo di Vicenza

Rock Climb Italy, Covolo Climbing Site

BEST TIME OF YEAR Spring and Fall (climbing on rainy day)
APPROACH TIME 5 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 35 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 5 - 8c (80+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

RECOMMENDED ROUTES

  • Sandra knutchfleck 7a
  • Incantesimo 8a
  • Supertitti 8a+
  • Balla coilupi 8b

Crespadoro, Vicenza Province

CRESPADORO, VICENZA PROVINCE

Crespadoro

The last township in the val Chiampo and well known for its gastronomic speciality: snails or “congnoi” as they are called locally. This tradition of snail cultivation is the result of the fresh, green surroundings of the area and the Teutonic ancestry of the population. There is a market held in early December, but themollus are always available in season, also the area is know for its black truffles.

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.

Eremo sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

EREMO SECTOR | LUMIGNANO CLIMBING AREA

The Eremo sector is one of the most popular in Lumignano, on the way to the Eremo of S.Cassiano. The wall has plenty of routes of almost all difficulty levels. Coming up from the town of Lumignano, at the very left there is the path which brings to the American sector

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

EREMO CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
all year
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
59
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5c to 8a+
HEIGHT 30m

routes

From left to right

Capelli d'argento 6a
Mefisto 6a
Yama 6a
Montales 6b
El Morisco 7b
Kit Carson  
Lilith 6b
Dialbero 6a+
Zhenda 5c
Kit Willer 5c
Aquila della notte 5c
Ansia 6a
Fori cadenti 6b/c
Passera solitaria 7b
Perforazioni maniacali 7c
Lo chiamerò Attila 7c+/8a
La mamma degli strapiombi 7a
Dilatazione 6c+
Wet 7b
Danza dei trichechi 6c+
Bloody bastard 6c
Aviopenìa 6c
Antro muschioso 6b/c
Umori interni 6a+
Cannette 5c/6a
Rob's ass 6a+
Coprofagia 5c+
Pedofilia 5c+
Aracnofobia 6b
Le leggi di Murphy 6b
Il risveglio di un dio minore 6b+
Paradisi perduti 6a+
Necrofilia 6b+
Onanismo 6b
Al grullo spennato 6a+
Lo spennagrulli 6b+
Aride bambine 6b+
Mani di mago 6c+
Buchi bagnati 7a
Stacca sta pompa 7b
Variante bea Venessia 8a+
Priapismo 7c+
Flash Goldon 8a
Carcasse fumanti 7a
Variante carogna 7b+
Burro e tonno 6c+/7a
L'albero delle zoccole 6c+/7a
Casalingue 6c-
Holiday in Cambodia 6a+
Polluzioni notturne 7a
Canna che ti passa 6b+
Capitoni coraggiosi 7a
Superfrancesca 7a+
Il succhio selvaggio 7b+
My friend Johnny 7b
La bella addormentata 7b/c
Luna comanche 6a
Lamento forever 6a
Caterpillar 6c+

Food and Wine of the Vicenza Province, Italy

FOOD AND WINE IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

vicenza-food

WHAT TO EAT IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

The Vicenza province by tradition is  bound to the cult of good wine and its passion for good food, with a variety of food from cheese to fish and cold cuts. The Asiago Plateau is all known for cheese (Asiago PDO, Morlacco and Burlacco, produced only in the summertime in the Grappa area). There are several singular flavored cold cuts like the Soppressa Vicentina (a perfect combination of sweet and peppery); the Veneto Berico-Euganeo PDO and the Val Liona hams; and even donkey meat salami that can be grilled, fried or eaten raw with polenta. 


The land offers a variety of fruit and vegetables, particularly white asparagus and the white radicchio of Bassano del Grappa; the potatoes ofRotzo; the cherries of Marostica; the mushrooms of Costozza; and the black truffles of the Berici Hills. As for fish, the most famous is without a doubt the baccalà allavicentina (dried codfish), followed by the excellent brown trout, prized for its white meat and delicate taste, and cooked in tinfoil, grilled or boiled. 


These authentic dishes can be complemented with a glass of good wine, the production of which Vicenza Province is no novice. 
There are plenty of distilled liqueurs as well, most popular and known come from Bassano del Grappa.

FOODS FOUND IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

WINE ROADS OF THE VICENZA PROVINCE

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).

Fungala Sector | Lumignano Climbing Area Vicenza Province

FUNGAIA SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

The Fungaia sector is a little wall of Lumignano.

Remember to buy the local guide to have more informations.

FUNGALA CLIMIBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
all year
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
19
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5b to 7a
HEIGHT 15m

ROUTES

From left to right

El paio 7a
El siro 7a
Senza nome 7b
El salto del coguaro 6a+
Senza nome 5c
Senza nome 6b+/6c
Senza nome 6a+
Senza nome 5c
Senza nome 5c
Senza nome 5c+
Meravigliaio 6a+
Mariaco 6b
Variante Mariaco 6b
Centrale 6b
Giuditta 6b
Bonita 6a
Sabrina 6a
Senza nome 5b

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.

Gambellara Wine Road Bike Tour

BIKE TOURING THE GAMBELLARA WINE ROADS | VICENZA

Gambellara wine roads

Wine making in the Gambellara Wine Zone dates back to the Roman period and has continued to present. The low del Chiampo valley in the Vicenza province makes the border with the Verona province and where the last spurs of the Monti Lessini terminate. The zone lies around the built-up area of Gambellara, once a small agricultural town, and extends in to the surrounding hills and towns of, Montorso, Zermeghedo and Montebello Vicentino. The area has a rich history and has always been well regarded by connoisseurs for the production of the local wine that has become for the product they produce, rather than for the glorious and inglorious events of wars.

This zone, between alternately gentle or rougher slopes, the land is mainly formed of earthy, basalt and tufa of volcanic origin. The easily friable rocks, make up most of the hills. The soil is ideal for the vines of the Garganega, and Trebbiano del Soave grapes, which produce Gambellara: a white wine available in many different forms.

HIGHLIGHTS

Gambellara Wine Zone, Vicenza Italy

GAMBELLARA WINE ZONE, VICENZA PROVINCE

Colline di Gambellara

Gambellara wine zone creates the border between Vicenza and Verona provinces.·The Gambellara wine zone starts·at the mouth of theChiampo valley, on the last spur of the Lessini mountains that look like soft waves at an altitude of between 250 and 350 meters, covered by vines and lush valleys crossed by several waterways. ·In geological terms, the area is of volcanic origin, with basaltic soils conforming more or less to the form of earthy and friable tuffs, which offer natural fertility particularly favourable to vine-growing, and a high mineral content that gives the wine its extraordinary accents. The area where vineyards are currently cultivated extends for about thousand hectares of predominantly hilly area, most of which are in the so-called "classic" region, the oldest area of provenance. The Gargànega grape variety is the luminary of the vineyards, grown almost exclusively in the western part of Veneto, which produces white, dry and passiti wines of outstanding quality.

Three types of D.O.C. wines are produced in the area: Gambellara, a dry, well-orchestrated white wine that bears the denomination of "classico" when it is from the oldest area of provenance; Gambellara Vin Santo and GambellaraRecioto, in the traditional and spumante versions. In particular, Recioto is the flagship of this D.O.C. designation, its uniqueness is linked to the special wine-making process used to make it. Once the grapes have been carefully selected from the vineyard, they are dried in bunches on the plateau or hung in the form of the typical "picai" in well aired rooms.When the grapes have been drying for about a month and a half (between the end of November and the beginning of December), the grapes are once again selected and processed to obtain a first-pressing must that ferments until the following spring. The result is an excellent wine, particularly suited to accompanying dessert. It is bright golden yellow in colour, with a heady, intense and fruity nose, it is amiably velvety, evenly bodied and has a typical slightly bitter, almond-like and aftertaste. Gambellara Vin Santo is another magnificent wine, only produced in the best vintages, and it can be stored in the winery for 50 years without deteriorating. It is made by a process very similar to traditional Recioto, but provides a longer drying period and therefore the grapes are pressed the following year. It makes less wine, but its alcohol content is higher. Very high production costs along with extremely limited supply make this one of the rarest jewels in the wine industry.

All the twenty wineries in the area are included on the itinerary of the Strada del Vino (Wine Road), that spans the four municipalities of the D.O.C. area: Gambellara, Montebello Vicentino, Montorso Vicentino and Zermeghedo. The area could be defined as a "wine park" for its attractive landscape and deep-rooted cultivation specialisations.

Winery Vendors to Visit:

Gogna sector | Climbing Vicenza Province

GOGNA ROCK CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

The Gogna sector is a small wall in Gogna area which as been developed as a rock gym where many climbers train their self to spend the summer climbing on the Dolomites. However, between the last few years there are more and more young climbers who are experiencing boulder in Gogna sector.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

Gogna Climbing Guide

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Berici Hills
BEST TIME OF YEAR
spring and fall
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
7
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5 to 7c+
HEIGHT 25m

routes

From left to right

Traversata alta V+
Tetto di Bepi Soia VII
Tetto classico VII
Amelia VII
Il tetto di Comici VII
Fessura Sonia V+
Diedro giallo V

 

 

Laghi, Vicenza Province

LAGHI, VICENZA PROVINCE

laghi

Laghi is a very small community that sits in a narrow valley just north of the road that lead from Aserio to Posina. Though it is commonly known as the "smallest municipality of Veneto", actually Laghi is ten times the area of the smallest one (Zermeghedo). Rather, Laghi is Veneto's municipality with the "smallest number of inhabitants" and also the one with the lowest density. The municipality consists of a number of small hamlets (contraein Venetian, orcontradein Italian) scattered over the territory of the town. The name Laghi literally means "lakes" and is related to the fact that the center of the town lies near two small lakes.  

Lago Di Fimon to Costozza Walking Tour, Vicenza Italy

LAGO DI FIMON TO COSTOZZA WALKING TOUR | VICENZA PROVINCE

lago di fimon

Visiting Vicenza and want to escape the city for a day this is a nice walk though the Colli Berici. Starting at Lago di Fimon, stroll around the lake and then through the hills were Andrea Palladio mined most of the stone to create his buildings. Cross the hills which is also part of the Colli Berici Wine Zone (do not forget to stop and sample), pass through Lumignano and then on to Costozza, where you can have a glass of wine while you wait for the bus back to Vicenza.

LOCATION Vicenza Province
NEAREST TOWN Vicenza
REACHABLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION YES
MOUNTAIN GROUP Berici Hills
PEAK Monte della Croce
ALTITUDE 300 meters
DIFFICULTY Easy
FACE West to East
TIME 4-5 hour walk.
Beauty 3 Star
Total Ascent 200 meters
Ferrata Ascent NA
Popularity Busy Sundays during Summer months
BEST SEASON All year best in spring.
GEAR Hiking boots, rain gear.

Lastebasse, Vicenza Province

LASTEBASSE, VICENZA PROVINCE

lastebasse Cascatacivetta

Lastebasse is one of the last township and community you will come to as you make your way up the Valdastico valley.  Lastebasse is located near Passo Somma, that separates the Piccolo Dolomiti from the Asiago Altopiano.  There is a nice ski resort in the pass over near Lavarone, great mountain biking in the summer, and several old Italian and Austrian forts left over from the late 1800's and World War 1.  Lastebasse is part of the 100km mountain bike trail area of Folgaria.  

Lumignano Climbing Area - Americano Sector

SECTOR AMERCIANO | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

Rock Climbing Lumignano Italy, American Sector
Sector Americano at the Lumignano Climbing area, is a section of cliff I saw in 2000 with a great line that looked 100% natural, so I started to bolt the cliff. The first route was Super Freak and when I bolted it was a good solid 8a+ on all natural holds, however after a few other climbers tried the route a key hold broke off. Now I am not 100% sure of the grade but still it is 8a or above. Someone made a one-finger pocket more positive, but otherwise the route has remained the same. Routes to climb at the Americano sector are Rockstar, Fear, and a new project that I have bolted that will go above 8b for sure. I invite anyone who wishes to try the routes to take time to visit this sector.

WHAT IS THE CLIMBING LIKE AT THE AMERICANO SECTOR

All of the primary routes and overhanging and the wall offers good pockets and water grooves,  you need explosive power, but good footwork to climb most of the routes.  There are no real warmups, the easy routes are only a few meters tall and routes I bolted to teach my kids climbing. There is great morning sun in the winter time, and the bowl created from the cliff keeps it fairly warm since you blocked from the wind.  During the summer you are in the shade after 1500 hours, and you can climb until late evening.  The approach is not easy for little kids, but the area under the cliff is idea and safe. 

HOW TO GET TO THE AMERICANO SECTOR

From the parking area walk up the trail to Eremo, once reaching the base of the Eremo Sector follow the wall to your left, just after there is a band of rock that is used as a bouldering area, just for this band of rock you will see a the trail leading up to the Americano Sector.  Be careful sometimes people are rude and use the bathroom along the trails.

 Rock Climbing Italy Lumignano

SECTOR NOTES

EXPOSURE Southeast
NUMBER OF ROUTES  17
ROPE LENGTH  60 meter
APPROACH WALK 15 minutes
   

SUGGESTED ROUTES

Rock Star
Super Freak
Youth Waits for No One
Fear

ROUTES FROM RIGHT TO LEFT

Over and under     6b
Short but sweet     7a+
Rock Star     7b
Youth waits for no one 7c+
Project     ??
B-Slap     7b
Super Freak  8a+
Fear     8b
Andrea's way  7b+
Legend  7a+
Project ??
Cross-eyes 6c+
Split tail 6b
Super Sexy Climbing Chick 6b
Fat Cat     5
Rock groupie 5
Other world 6a

Lumignano Climbing Area the Brojon Strapiombi

BORJON STRAPIOMBI | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

Photo of Brojon Strapiombi Rock Climbing Sector

Brojon Strapiombi is also known as the Pardi Sector and is located in a valley, and part of the Lumignano Climbing Area . The sector is a popular destination for climbers looking for routes about the 7a grade.  At the Brojon Overhanging sector there are just over 20 climbs and the average grade is 7b+.  This sector is great to climb in the winter months or late afternoon in the warmer months.  The older routes are very powerful with long dynamic moves.  Some of the newer routes are one move specials that require exceptional finger strength.  Most of this cliff has manufactured holds that have been chipped and glued over the years. The climbing is still very good and this is a popular destination. 

PARDI CLIMBING GUIDE

Routes from Right to Left on the main overhang

  1. Joker 6c+
  2. Pesantone 7a
  3. Ramassage scolaire 7b+
  4. Lord Kerrington 7c+
  5. Il richiamo dei Poldo 7c
  6. Nessun dorma 7b+
  7. Il falco 8b
  8. Project ??
  9. Re Artu 7c+
  10. La grotta 8a
  11. Bravo 8a+
  12. Mr Rawaipindi 7b+
  13. Indigo 7b
  14. Il toro di Pianiga 8a+
  15. Frush Fred 8b
  16. Tosva 8b+
  17. Piccole donne 8a

Routes on the lower lip of the overhang Right to Left

  1. Jazz 8a
  2. Metamorfosi 8a
  3. Maionese 7b
  4. L'0rso 7b+
  5. L'emiliano 7b+

Recommeded Routes

  • Il richiamo dei Poldo
  • La grotta
  • Bravo
  • Mr Rawaipindi

Lumignano Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

LUMIGNANO CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

lumiignano-italy-climbing

The largest and best developed climbing area in the Vicenza Province is Lumignano, it is located above the town of Lumignano, a small village south of Vicenza and located in the Berici Hills. The numerous cliffs in the valley have been a major climbing destination since the early 1970. At one time Lumignano offered some of the hardest climbs in Italy and routes such as Orient Express, Atomic Cafe, and Arco d'Ora were top projects, on a lot of climbers tick list. Today with so many sites throughout Europe and the expansion of the difficulty rating Lumignano no longer host the hardest routes, but many individuals are surprised at the stiffness of the grades are in the older sectors. Lumignano offers a wide variety of climbs but is not the best area for first time climbers.

I first climbed in Lumignano in 1986 and found the routes to be challenging, the rock top quality, and the village of Lumignano a quite county village. Since that first experience the area has changed, the village has become a community of new subdivisions, there are lots of new sectors to climb, and the rock is very polished on many of the popular routes. However, the area still has a special appeal, the rating for the climbs have not changed and seem stiff compared to other sites in Europe. You can no longer climb in mid-day in July or August and expect to find a good grip and rock texture, and it is a bit more crowded in the town and area. However,there are still great routes to climb and just knowing the season and time of day there are plenty challenges. It is best to forget about grades and stuff and just climb for fun.

LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Vicenza Province
LOCATION Berici Hills
NEAREST CITY Vicenza
BEST TIME OF YEAR Climbing All Year
APPROACH TIME 10 minutes
ROCK limestone - red/grey pockets
HEIGHT 150 meters
RANGE OF GRADES
4-8b (300+ routes)

 

GUIDEBOOK/MAP

 

 

Map to the Lumignano climbing area

SECTORS

  1. Classica Sector
  2. Brojon sector
  3. Eremo sector
  4. Sopra la Chiesa (Above the Church) sector
  5. Anfiteatro sector
  6. Piramide sector
  7. Minetti sector
  8. Fungala Sector
  9. Nuova Sector
  10. Brojon Strapiombi
  11. Americano Sector

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.

Marostica, Vicenza Province

MAROSTICA, VICENZA PROVINCE

Bike Touring Italy, Marostica Vicenza

As you are cycling through the Veneto Region, you can not help but notice, sitting at the foothills of the Asiago Mountain Group, and not far from Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa the town of Marostica. A lovely town is enclosed within the ancient walls of two Castles, that still retains the magical atmosphere of the past. The wall was built by the Scaligeri Family in the 14th century and connects the castle on the hill (Castello Superiore) with the castle (Castello Inferiore) below. There were two castles were built for easy defense and control over local trade routes. Marostica has been awarded the Touring Club Italy's "Bandiera Arancione" (Orange Flag), and is famous for a human chess tournament held every 2 years. The Museo dei Costumidelia Partita a Scacchi is an exhibition of the costumes used in the game of chess that can be seen in the Castello Inferiore.

The name of the city can be traced back to the Venetic ( Adriatic Veneti) language and recalls the hills (mar/maros) and the several streams of water (rost) coming down from the adjacent mountains and the verb "to have" in Venetic language (ga). Hence the name means "that has mountains and hills". Several Venetic findings have been discovered, dating back to the first millennium B.C. When the Adriatic Veneti federated with the Romans, they slowly abandoned their language; the modern Venetian language descends from Latin and is not related to Venetic.

Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the locality was greatly influenced by several members of the important medieval family from the Veneto, known as the Ezzelini . They were finally defeated in 1260. Marostica was a Venetian city until Venice jointed Italy. During the 19th century it was mainly a relatively poor town; a great number of inhabitants went to look for fortune in Brasil and many other places in the world. The wealth of the town grew greatly after the second world war. Marostica is famous all over the world for the human chess game it carries out every other year, with living chess pieces, in the city public square.

Marostica, Italy

WHAT TO SEE IN MAROSTICA

A few meters away from Castello Superiore is the Museo Ornitologico "Angelo Fabris", with one of the largest collections of birds in Europe, (more than a thousand specimens). It organizes flying demonstrations with specially trained birds of prey and guided tours of important bird sites in the area.

The Museo "Cappelli di Paglia di Marostica" is an exhibition about the local tradition of making straw hats. The craft skill of plaiting straw to make hats and bags were so important by the mid-17th century that the town's products were exported allover Italy, to Europe and North America.

The Marostica Chess Match Beginnings

Every even year, in September, a game of chess using live pieces is played. After the First World War, members of the local chess club began playing chess in the main square and decided to play a game of chess using people as the gamepieces. After the Second World War, the comedy writer Mario Mirko Vucetich authored a play in which "Two noblemen, Rinaldo D'Anganaro and Vieri da Vallanora, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, daughter of the local lord, Taddeo Parisio. As was the custom at that time, they challenged each other to a duel to win the hand of Lionora. The Lord of Marostica, not wanting to make an enemy of either suitor or lose them in a duel, forbade the encounter. Instead he decreed that the two rivals would play a chess game, and the winner would have the hand of Lionora. The loser of the chess game would also join the family, through marrying her younger sister, Oldrada. During the play the game takes place on the square in front of the Lower Castle with supporters carrying the noble ensigns of Whites and Blacks, in the presence of the Lord, his noble daughter, the Lords of Angarano and Vallonara, the court and the entire town population. The Lord also decides the challenge would be honoured by an exhibition of armed men, foot-soldiers and knights, with fireworks and dances and music". Needless to say, this literary account has nothing to do with factual history and the chess square in the city was built after the Second World War and after the writing of Vucetich's play. This fictional story is now re-enacted in the main square of Marostica every second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September of even-numbered years. The orders are still given to the cast today in the local Language (Venetian) of the " Most Serene Republic of Venice".

 Marostica Cherries

In the spring Marostica’s rolling hills are encased in an enchanting expanse of cherry trees in bloom, a soft white color gives the foliage a fabulous candor. Roana, Sandra, Francese, Bella Italia, Milanese and Romana: are some of the varieties produced in the area and are so good that they bear the PGI (protected geographical indication) mark.

Bike Touring Veneto, Marostica walled city

WHERE TO STAY IN MAROSTICA

  • Marostica can be reached easily by bicycle for Vicenza or Bassano del Grappa where there is good lodging.
  • Due Mori, Corso Mazzini 73, tel 0424471777

WHERE TO EAT IN MAROSTICA

  • Al Castello Superiore, via Cansignorio dell Scala 4, tel 042473315

Minetti sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

MINETTI SECTOR | LUMIGNANO CLIMBING AREA

minetti sector

 

Minetti sector is one of Lumignano climbing sectors, located near the Fungaia wall. The wall is full of very small handholds and a overhanging start.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

MINETTI CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
all year
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
58
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5a to 7b
HEIGHT 20-35m

ROUTES

From right to left

L'importante è eiaculare 6b+
Imperfida parete 6c
Liquidi vischiosi 6b/c
Tromboland 6b/c
Solchi sudati 6a+
stati d'usura 6b
Little Pasty 6c
Tobyoshirouramawashi 5c/6a
Torride fessure 6c
Corpi cavernosi 6a+
Gnocca Barocca 6b+
Ea Nosa 7a+
Lingua bollente 6b+
Taras Vulva 6b+
Gli Aristocazzi 6b
Cenerentla 6a
Biancaneve e i sette onani 6b+
Cappuccetto rotto 6a+
N° 100 6c
Mani di merda 6b
Pinko Panko 6b+
In vino veritas 6c
Porky Pig 6b/c
Zorka 6a+
Jacula 6a+
La capanna dello zio Ton 6b+
Sukia 5c
Fuck you 6a
Pat Pong 5c
Selena 5c
Ai uisic iu uer iar 6a+
Ponzio Pilato 6a
Cebion 6b+
Vecio marso 6b
Ciccion de merda 7b
Vecchio cammelo 6b
Henry 6a
Pussy 6a
Folpa 6a+
L'eterna partenza 7a
Picka 6c
Dove osano i ciccioni 6c+
Ladro di polli 7a/b
Bicio Bicio bao bao 7b/c
Delirio di onnipotenza 6c+
Hutja 7a
Herpes 7a
Zoovirax 6a+
Voltaren 6b
Il fondo del barile 6a+
Farabundo marti 5c
Ecce lombo 6c+
The gay after 6a
Il gatto tardo 6a
Apocalipse cow 5b
De bello fallico 5a
Full metal Cian 5a
Bepilove 5a

Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza Province

MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE, VICENZA PROVINCE

montecchio maggiore

Ancient town of strategic and economic important at the beginning of the Agno valley. Now it is more famous for the concentration of manufacturing and commercial centers. the main town is where SS11 intersects with SS500 from Lonigo. Listed in some guide books as a quaint village nestled in the Agno Valley, among the gentle rolling Berici hills, Montecchio Maggiore, is one of the worst examples of the industrial expansion in the Veneto. The old center is quaint and it still has many historical structures from the middle Ages. Two medieval castles overlook the town and are known as Romeo and Juliet, partly because they are separated by the valley as two star-crossed lovers were separated by human folly, and partly because Luigi Da Porto, who told the tale long before Shakespeare, lived in nearby Montorso. The name Montague used by the English playwright is derived from Montecchio. Villa Cordellina dates back to less tragic times, and is frescoed by Tiepolo. The Zannato museum has a unique collection of fossilised crustaceans and semi-precius stones from the area.

Also if you visit the town and you enjoy art do not miss visiting Palladio's Villa Cordellina Lombardi, the residence hall still has the frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, who is also said to be the artist of the drawings of the statues that adorn the beautiful garden. Tiepolo also painted the frescoes of Villa Loschi Zileri, found in the nearby Biron di Monteviale. The splendid neo-classical Villa Lorenzoni, is now home to the Civic Museum of "Giuseppe Zannato", with an archaeological and naturalistic section.

The famous mostarda vicentina, a spicy quince and mustard sauce, is also made at Montecchio. Some cultural events are the "Rogo della stria" a propitiatory bonfire at the beginning of the year and the "Feud between the Montecchi and Capuleti", a commemoration in full medieval atmosphere that takes place at Castle Bellaguarda in May.

The hills behind Montechccio are quite and offers some nice walking paths and bike rides.

Nogarole Vicentino, Vicenza Province

NOGAROLE VICENTINO, VICENZA PROVINCE

nogarole vicentino

Like most of the Chiampo valley Nogarole Vicentino was settled by Germanic tribes in the 12th and 14th centuries. It seems that there has been an historical 'legend' of Cimbri populations as early as 101 b.c., due to the pass in the Piccolo Dolomiti this zone became a natural retreat from the feudal fighting of the Germanic princes, at the time. Looking at the placement of the main city you get an idea of this since is sits on one of the higher points along the ridge line of the Chiampo valley. 

Noventa Vicentina, Vicenza Province

NOVENTA VICENTINA, VICENZA PROVINCE

novento vicentino

The largest community south of Vicenza, Noventa Vicentina is an interesting mix of farm traditionals and a very advanced textile and engeering industry.  One of Vicenza best trade schools is located in the commnity and there is a rich art culture to enjoy.  During the Venetian Republic's time controlling the region several venetian style villas werebulit and two of Palladio's best works are nearby.  

Nuova Sector | Lumignano Climbing Area Vicenza Province

NUOVA SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

Lum Nouva 2

The Lumignano Nuova sector has been re-developed only recently, with plenty of new routes. You will need a good tecnique and strenght to climb here. Part of the area is an old quarry were they use to get blocks to built the Palladio villas in the region.

Remember to buy the local guide to have more informations.

LUMIGNANO NUOVA CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
From october to march
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
67
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5b to 8b
HEIGHT 25m

ROUTES

From left to right

Squinsi 6a+
Squonsi 6b
Smigol 5b
Gollum 5b/c
Bristol 5c
Semola (che non sei altro) 5c/6a
Dumbo Jumbo 6a
Baghera 7a
Musica & Magia  
Sir Biss 7c
T come Tigro 7a/b
Kangaroo 6b+
L'avvoltoio 6a+
Tema celeste 5b/c
Perline 6a
Abaribi 6a+
Kenobi - langedai 6c
Il Nano 6b/c
Miss paradiso 7c/7c+
Luce dei miei occhi 8b
Viaggio al centro della Terra 8a+/8b
Tantra 8a/8a+
Non ti fidar di me se il cor ti manca 7c/7c+
Mata Hari 7c
Palacinka 7a/7a+
Colpo in testa 6a+
El Diablo 7c
Nyarlathotep 6a+
Enzima Lisozima 7b/7b+
Taboo 7b/7b+
Vudù 7c+/8a
Baby Birba 5b
Nirvana 7c+
Magicabula 5a
Strapiombix 5a
Turocomanno 5c
Die blaue Blume 6a/6a+
Barracuda 6b+
Ardi cattiva 6a+
Hauanagana 6a+
Iperagana 6b
Hauanaganao 5c
La volè 6a+
Locatastrofe 7c
Secomania 7b+
Se ti perdi tuo danno 7a
Esaurimento 6c+
L'orca  
Biberon 6c/6c+
Africa Bamba 6b+
Laminati 6a+
C.C.C.P.  
Tacchetta Kid 7b
Un biglietto di sola andata  
Le cose cambiano 7a/7b
Ammortamento morale 6c
Bazooko 6b/6c
Cose di pancia 6b
Himalayana 6a+
Sembra facile 6c
F.B.I. 6a
Omegaedro 6b+
Io sono Pinocchio 6c
Onda anomala 7a+
E' stato Gavino 7a
L'ape-ritivo 6a+

Piramide sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

PIRAMIDE SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

The Piramide sector in Lumignano own its name to the particular shape of the wall, which recalls the image of a pyramid. It's a good place for beginners but it offers also some nice challenges for more experienced climbers.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

PIRAMIDE CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
all year
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
32
RANGE OF GRADES
from 3a to 7a
HEIGHT 10-55m

routes

From left to right

Rasta diva 6b
Alpinismo erotico 6a
Capobruco 6b
Le turbe di Silvia 6a
Marrakesh e stress 6a+
Atrazina fatale 6a+
Sendero Luminoso 6b
Sangue Navajo 7a
UP-UP-A 6b+
Tupac Amaru 6b+
Lapp-doll 6c
Penna bianca 6c
I tre giorni del condom 6b+
Kociss 6b
Via del pacco 6a+
Trancia Meccanica 6a+
Abbi fede 6a
Il giardiniere volante 6a
Via i tedesvhi 5a
Geriatrico 6a+
Povere coronarie 6b+
Pulp friction 6b+
Cicci Pasticci 3
Paperino 4
Pippo 5a
Paperoga 5b
Qui Quo Qua 5c
Edy 5b
Gambadilegno 5a
Amelia 5a
Doretta Doremi 4
Paperone 4

PLACES VICENZA PROVINCE

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE PROVINCE OF VICENZA, VENETO ITALY

Towns to visit during your vacation in Vicenza, Italy

A

Abettone, Vicenza Province

Agugliaro, Vicenza Province

Alonte, Vicenza Province

Altavilla Vicentina, Vicenza Province

Altissimo, Vicenza Province

Arcugnano, Vicenza Province

Arzignano, Vicenza Province

Asiago, Vicenza Province

Asierio, Vicenza Province

Asigliano Veneto, Vicenza Province

B

Barbarano Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza Province

Bolzano Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Breganze, Vicenza Province

Brendola, Vicenza Province

Bressanvido, Vicenza Province

Brogliano, Vicenza Province

C

Caldogno, Vicenza Province

Caltrano, Vicenza Province

Calvene, Vicenza Province

Camisano Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Campiglia Dei Berici, Vicenza Province

Carre, Vicenza Province

Cassola, Vicenza Province

Castegnero, Vicenza Province

Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso Province

Castelgomberto, Vicenza Province

Chiampo, Vicenza Province

Chiuppano, Vicenza Province

Cogollo del Cengio, Vicenza Province

Cornedo Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Costabissara, Vicenza Province

Costozza, Vicenza Province

Creazzo, Vicenza Province

Crespadoro, Vicenza Province

D

Duevilla, Vicenza Province

G

Gallio, Vicenza Province

Gambellara, Vicenza Province

Grancona, Vicenza Province

Grisgnano di Zocco, Vicenza Province

Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza Province

L

Laghi, Vicenza Province

Lastebasse, Vicenza Province

Longare, Vicenza Province

Lonigo, Vicenza Province

Lugo di Vicenza, Vicenza Province

Lusiana, Vicenza Province

M

Malo, Vicenza Province

Marostica, Vicenza Province

Mason Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Molvena, Vicenza Province

Monte Malo, Vicenza Province

Montebello Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza Province

Montecchio Precalcino , Vicenza Province

Montegalda. Vicenza Province

Montegaldella, Vicenza Province

Monticello Conte Otto, Vicenza Province

Montorso Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Mossano, Vicenza Province

N

Nanto, Vicenza Province

Nogarole Vicentino, Vicenza Province

Noventa Vicentina, Vicenza Province

O

Orgiano, Vicenza Province

P

Piovene Rocchette, Vicenza Province

Pojana Maggiore, Vicenza Province

Posina, Vicenza Province

Q

Quinto Vicentino, Vicenza Province

R

Recoaro Terme, Vicenza Province

Roana, Vicenza Province

S

San Germano Dei Berici, Vicenza Province

San Pietro Mussolini, Vicenza Province

Sandrigo, Vicenza Province

Sarego, Vicenza Province

Schiavon, Vicenza Province

Schio, Vicenza Province

Sossano, Vicenza Province

Sovizzo, Vicenza Province

T

Thiene, Vicenza Province

Tonezza del Cimone, Vicenza Province

Torrebevicino, Vicenza Province

Trezze sul Brenta, Vicenza Province

Trissino, Vicenza Province

V

Valdagno, Vicenza Province

Valdastico, Vicenza Province

Valli del Pasubio, Vicenza Province

Velo d’Astico, Vicenza Province

Vicenza, Vicenza Province

Villaga, Vicenza Province

Z

Zane, Vicenza Province

Zovengedo, Vicenza Province

 

 

 

 

 

Pojana Maggiore, Vicenza Province

POJANA MAGGIORE, VICENZA PROVINCE

pojana maggiore

The comuni of Pojana Maggiore makes up part of the southern most tip of the Vicenza province.  Evidence shows that once the Adige river flowed though this area which lead to the theprositey of the nearby Noventa Vicentina area.  The area was 'reclaimed' during the Roman times and presented to the Azziaco soldiers as spoils of war.  Resettled during the Lombard invasions it became known as Pojana (lombard for plowed land).  During the Venetian rule there were several villas built in the area the most notiable the villa Pojana by Palladio.

Posina, Vicenza Province

POSINA, VICENZA PROVINCE

posina lake 

Posina is a small village that sits between the mountains of Schio, Pasubio, and Tonezzo.  A stage area for the First World War the community now is the start point for a some nice mountain walks and bike rides.  Very much off the beaten path Posina offers a great view of 'real Italy'.

Posina lies at an elevation of 600 metres (2,000 ft) at the foot of Mount Majo and Mount Gamonda, Mount Pasubio. On the whole dominates thePasubio which can be accessed through the picturesque Val Caprara, Val Sorapache or arrived at passo Xomo on the Strada degli Scarubbi or the famous Strada delle 52 galleriegreat work of military engineering theFirst World War.

The most important historical building in the town is the Church of Saint Margaret, consecrated in 1764 and restored in 2008. Posina is also home to the EcoMuseo Grande Guerra which remembers the battles of theFirst World War that had a profound effect on Posina and the surrounding area.

 

Riolo sector | Climbing area Vicenza Province

RIOLO ROCK CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

The Riolo sector is sitted near the town of Torrebelvicino. The atmosphere is very tranquil and relaxing and is popular for the coexistence of challenging climbs and relatively easy routes.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

Riolo Climbing Guide

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Torrebelvicino
BEST TIME OF YEAR
from October to April
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
25
RANGE OF GRADES
from 4 to 8a
HEIGHT 25m

routes

From left to right

Senza nome 4a
Senza nome 4a
Senza nome 4a
Dino 5a
Lascia o raddoppia 6c+
Carburo 7c+
Non son degno di te 6b+
Castighi e fastidi 7a+
Salsa piccante 6c+
Skin heads  
Gorilla 6c+
Tritone 6b+
Business 8a
Lascia star 7c+
Spit dipendente 7c
Alien 7c
Super Aldo 7b+
Il bene e il male 7a+
La grima 6b+
Anguana climb 6b
Salbanelo 7b
Oran-gutan  
L'orco 7a
Diedro 5b

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.

San Pietro Mussolino, Vicenza Province

SAN PIETRO MUSSOLINO, VICENZA PROVINCE

san pietro mussolino

San Pietro Mussolino is a small community located in the Champo valley as it starts to narrow and gain elevation toward the base Monte Carega.  The town seems to have been founded on the local quarry.   

Sopra la Chiesa (Above the Church) sector | Lumignano climbing area Vicenza Province

ABOVE THE CHURCH SECTOR | LUMIGNANO ROCK CLIMBING AREA

spora church sector

The sector Sopra la Chiesa is sitted just above the church of Lumignano. This sector includes also the Riga Rossa wall.

Please remember to respect the area and buy a local guide book.

SOPRA LA CHIESA CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
PROVINCE Vicenza
GEOGRAPHY Lumignano, Colli Berici
BEST TIME OF YEAR
from October to March
ROCK limestone
NUMBER OF ROUTES
83
RANGE OF GRADES
from 5b to 7b+
HEIGHT 10-45m

routes

From right to left

Do you remember? 5c+
Bocca insazaiabile 5c
So mato pa ea mona 5c
Anal dream 6a
Scaramagnao 6b
Lubrificare il condotto 6b+
Battaglie perdute 6c
Tette perverse 6b+
Gestazioni incompiute 6b
Vae victis 6c
Troppo pieni per volare 6c
Dolce e terribile 7a
La gioia dei casi fortuiti 6c+
Spittami l'utero 6c-
Chi ronfa tonfa 6c+
Royal Robbins 6c
Variante Gnomo 6b
Seno iperbolico 7a
Orgasmica 6b+
Un Marco vale l'altro 6b
Miskitos 6b
Furore uterino 6a+
Coma etilico 6a+
Lavanda gastrica 6c
Umida è la notte 6b+
Red line 6c+
Didietro tutto 6c+
Fessura dei vicentini  
Krapfen al caffè 5c
Femmine in calore 6a
Maschi raffreddati 6a
Oriett e stress  
Amiki 7a
Asma letale 6c+
Apmlesso complesso 6b
Principessa poppea 6c
Trivellami 6c
L'abisso di Chiara 6c
Ciao Gianni 6c
Mina vagante 6b+
Vade retro 6c
Maramao perchè sei morto 6c
Sendero fadigoso 7b
Il custode del carnaio 7b+
Benzodazepine 5c
Alex l'africano 5c
Rigoberta Menchu 6a
Il vomere 6b
Kosmi 6b
Flippaunt 6a+
Di dietro è bello 5c
Anni muggenti 6a
I pigrotti della falesia 6a+
Zinna bianca 6a+
La trattoria degli animali 6b+
La profezia del Clandestino 7a
Golfari 6c+
Neverending story 7b
Cime tempestate 7a
Mister X 7a+
Big Jim 7a+
Via contento 6c+
Torte a Venezia 6c+/7a
Anconcagua 2005 7a+
2001 odissea nello strazio 6b/c
Il Gattotardo 7b
Il dono dell'obliquità 6b+
Sfigaall'OK corral 6c
Finchè c'è roccia c'è speranza 6c
Daffy Duck 6b
Bugs Bunny 6a
La rivincita delle bionde 5c
Bip Bip 5c
Wile Coyote 6a
Yellow Kid 5b
Tin Tin 5c
Luky Luke 5b
Cocco Bill 5b
Linus 5b
Rank Xerox 5b
Zanardi 5b
Billy Bis 7b

Thiene, Vicenza Province

THIENE, VICENZA PROVINCE

thiene

In 1492 the Republic of Venice elevated Thiene to the rank of town, granting it the privileged right to a free market, which has been held here on Mondays ever since. A historical re-enactment is held every October. The town centers around the fashionable Corso Garibaldi, whose sequence of shop windows serve as a reminder of the town’s cenuries-old commercial vocation. The hub of the historical town is Piazza Chilesotti, dominated by the belltower of the cathedral that lies behind and by aa crenellated curtain wall evocate of the majestic architecture of villa Da Proto-Colleoni, known as the “castle”.

Valle Santa Felicita Climbing Area, Vicenza Province

VALLE SANTA FELICITA CLIMBING AREA | VICENZA

Valle Santa Felice Climbing Site

Santa Felicita rock climbing area is located in a valley north of Bassano della Grappa and in part of the Monte Grappa mountain group.  The cliffs in the valley have been used has been a long time training area for Alpine climbing. The local CAI has bolted several routes and with the increase in climbing levels there has been an increase on the number of cliffs bolted.·

At the moment there is no full guide to the area, but there are normally individuals climbing, so getting a quick direction or two is not that difficult. There is a place to car camp at the beginning of the valley plus an inexpensive hotel nearby. This is an area you can easily get to by foot and if you are getting around Italy by train a possible location.

Great family area. and a nice area to hike or bike. There are plenty of places to grab supplies for a picnic lunch.  If you are visiting Bassano della Grappa do not forget to visit the Grappa distillers and the Alpine Museum at the foot of the Ponte Alpini.

VALLE SANTA FELICITA ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE

REGION Veneto
LOCATION Monte Grappa
NEAREST TOWN Bassano del Grappa
 
BEST TIME OF YEAR Late Spring to early Fall, the valley is narrow so it gets very cold in the Winter
APPROACH TIME 20 minutes
ROCK Limestone
HEIGHT 200 meters
RANGE OF GRADES 4 - 8a (80+ routes)
GUIDEBOOK/MAPS  

RECOMMENDED ROUTES

  • Normale 6a+
  • Riga Nera 6b
  • Pochi intimi 7b
  • La Mestiera 7c

Remember to always buy a Local Guidebook if visiting.

Vicenza Province Bike Climbs

VICENZA PROVINCE BIKE CLIMBS

Bike Touring Vicenza Province

Bike Touring in Italy is also about climbs and there is never a lack of good options in the Vicenza Province of the Veneto. The climbs takes you to great vista's, hidden villages, and hidden art works off the beaten path, not to speak of all the great food and wine.  As you plan your bike tour in Italy do not forget to try some of classic "salita" in the Vicenza Province.

The Vicenza Province of Itay offers a wide variety of terrain to ride over, Dolomites, Prealps, Colli Berici, and the Monti Lessini foothills, there are plenty of short climbs to ride and link together making the province a great training area through the cycle year.  I have started organizing the list of Vicenza climbs listed on other web stes and am riding to verifiy. 

NAME OF CLIMB

LOCATION

RATING

Monte Grappa

from Possagno - strada Alpini, Veneto

221.27

Monte Grappa

from Cismon del Grappa, Veneto

186.73

Monte Grappa

from Alano Piave - via Monte Tomba, Veneto

186.52

Monte Grappa

Monte Grappa from Semonzo,

183.52

Monte Grappa

from Seren del Grappa, Veneto

182.93

Monte Grappa

from Caupo, Veneto

162.18

Monte Toraro

from Barcarola, Veneto

151.37

Monte Grappa

from Romano d`Ezzelino, Veneto

148.95

Passo Valbona

from Barcarola, Veneto

143.96

Passo Campogrosso

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

128.54

Passo Campogrosso

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

123.11

Monte Summano

from Timonchio, Veneto

122.71

Passo Campogrosso

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

121.63

Passo della Vena

from Barcarola, Veneto

118.7

Rifugio Battisti

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

107.91

Malga Campocroce

from Semonzo, Veneto

107.81

Passo Monte Croce

from Piana di Valdagno, Veneto

106.35

Recoaro 1000

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

104.4

Passo della Vena

from Arsiero, Veneto

103.72

San Luca

from Vallonara, via Valeri, Veneto

103.68

Rubbio, via Mori

from San Floriano, Veneto

103.19

Rifugio Verenetta

from Pedescala, Veneto

102.83

Contrada Zovo

from Maglio di Sopra, Veneto

102.35

Angelo

from Piovene, Veneto

100.95

Monte Corno

from Calvene, Veneto

99.69

San Luca

from Valderio, Veneto

99.38

Forcella Monte Zogo

from Milies, Veneto

98.4

Passo Pian delle Fugazze

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

98.19

San Luca

from Laverda, via Miglioretti, Veneto

97.86

Monte Calvarina

from Arzignano, Veneto

97.85

Cengio

from Caltrano, Veneto

96.86

Rocolo Rossato

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

95.44

San Luca

from Mason Vicentino, Veneto

95.36

Le Laite

from Valle San Floriano, Veneto

93.91

San Luca

from Laverda, Veneto

93.85

Recoaro 1000

from San Quirico, Veneto

93.8

Casare degli Asnicar

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

93.75

Monte Novegno

from Schio, Veneto

93.42

Foza

from Valstagna, Veneto

93.3

Contrà Castagna

from Crespadoro, Veneto

93.19

San Gottardo

from Fimon, Veneto

91.82

Rifugio Bertagnoli alla Piatta

from Crespadoro, Veneto

91.19

Bolca

from Crespadoro, Veneto

90.61

Tebaldi

from Crespadoro, Veneto

90.1

Cerealto

from Piana, Veneto

88.21

Rifugio Val Maron

from Primolano, Veneto

87

Tebaldi

from Crespadoro, via Gaiga, Veneto

86.99

Monte Corno

from Laverda, Veneto

86.24

San Luca

from Laverda, Veneto

86.17

Monte Faldo

from Restena, Veneto

85.85

Monte Pergo

from Molino di Altissimo - via Bolca, Veneto

85.81

Monte Corno

from Astico, Veneto

85.8

Rubbio, via Marostica

from San Floriano, Veneto

85.23

Passo Xomo

from Valli del Pasubio, via Corzati, Veneto

85.08

Selva di Trissino

from Lovara, Veneto

84.9

Monte Corno

from Fara Vicentino, Veneto

84.61

Passo del Mucchione

from Valdagno, Veneto

84.51

Passo della Borcola

from Posina, Veneto

84.24

Monte Corno

from Breganze, Veneto

83.96

Villabalzana

from Castegnero, Veneto

82.96

Selva di Trissino

from Trissino, Veneto

81.09

Altopiano di Tretto - Cerbaro

from Ponte Timonchio - via San Rocco, Veneto

81.08

Passo di Santa Caterina

from Valdagno, Veneto

80.9

San Giovanni in Monte

from Mossano, Veneto

80.83

Castelvecchio

from Valdagno, Veneto

80.63

Tomba

from Zenere di Sotto, Veneto

80.45

Alvese di Nogarole

rom San Pietro Mussolino, Veneto

79.52

San Luca

from Molvena, Veneto

78.71

Zovencedo

from Calto, Veneto

78.66

Marcantoni

from Valdagno, Veneto

78.54

I Tretti

from Santorso, Veneto

78.32

Crosara

from Vallonara, Veneto

77.72

Staro 1000

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

77.34

Palazzotto

from Vallonara, Veneto

77.24

Valico Vignaga

from Chiampo, Veneto

77.21

Quargnenta, via Savegnano

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

76.97

Selva

from Lovara, via San Benedetto, Veneto

76.8

Faedo

from Calcara,Veneto

76.37

Bocchetta Galgi

from Vallonara, Veneto

76.09

Contrà Cima

from Ponte dei Nori, Veneto

75.34

Montagna

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

74.93

Villabalzana

from Pianezze, Veneto

74.23

Cima

from Valdagno, Veneto

74.22

Santa Giuliana

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

74.15

Agugliana

from·Montorso Vicentino, Veneto

73.99

Altopiano di Tretto - Cerbaro

from Ponte Timonchio - via San Ulderico, Veneto

73.98

I Tretti

from Santorso, Veneto

73.63

Lapio

from Lago di Fimon, Veneto

73.58

Tonezza

from Arsiero, Veneto

73.57

Passo Zovo

from Novale, via Val dell` Oro, Veneto

73.43

Nogarole Vicentino

from Arzignano, Veneto

72.97

Altopiano di Tretto - Cerbaro

from Poleo - Schio, Veneto

72.76

Tonezza del Cimone

from Barcarola, Veneto

72.67

Muzzolon

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

72.64

Torreselle

from Isola, Veneto

72.64

Prebianca

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

72.5

Muzzolon

from Valdagno, Veneto

72.48

Passo Xomo

from Posina, Veneto

71.82

San Giovanni in Monte

from Cenge, Veneto

71.28

Contrà Cima

from Malo, Veneto

70.72

Contrada Vigolo

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

70.44

San Luca

from Vallonara, via Costalunga, Veneto

70.31

Sant' Urbano

from Carbonara, Veneto

70.27

Albero Matto

from Arso, Veneto

70.03

Passo di Vezzena

from Pedescala, Veneto

69.81

Monte di Grancona

from San Gaudenzio, Veneto

69.54

Fini

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

69.45

Brentani di Sopra

from Valdagno, Veneto

68.92

Santa Margherita

from San Bortolo, Veneto

68.89

Cengio

from Campiello, Veneto

68.26

Buso della Geretta

from Cà Vecchia, Veneto

67.93

San Giovanni in Monte

from Nanto, Veneto

67.79

Monte Corno

from Santa Caterina, Veneto

67.71

Rifugio Civillina

from Cappellazzi, Veneto

67.51

Monte di Grancona

from Pederiva, Veneto

66.83

Passo Stretto

from Bassano del Grappa, Veneto

66.12

Passo di Santa Caterina

from San Pietro Mussolino, Veneto

66.03

Santa Margherita

from Selva, Veneto

65.61

Monte Schiavi

from Valdimolino, Veneto

65.06

Colle del Gallo

from Primolano, Veneto

64.94

Castello, via Cisalpina

from Arzignano, Veneto

64.75

Il Costo

from Caltrano, Veneto

64.31

Passo Zovo

from Schio, Veneto

64.25

San Valentino

from Malo, Veneto

64.22

Cima Larici

from Ghertele, Veneto

64.12

Lusiana

from Laverda, Veneto

64.07

San Gottardo

from San Vito, Veneto

63.96

Monte San Lorenzo

from Gambugliano, Veneto

63.95

Contrada Busati Grisi

from Crosara, Veneto

63.59

San Gottardo

from Barbarano Vicentino, Veneto

63.56

Passo Zovo

from Novale, Veneto

63.51

Rifugio Campomulo

from Gallio, Veneto

63.43

Monte Magrà

from Cà· Trenta, Veneto

63.39

Campipiani

from Priabona, Veneto

62.63

Bernuffi

from Valdimolino, Veneto

62.27

Zovencedo

from Pederiva, Veneto

62.02

Santa Margherita

from Arzignano, Veneto

61.97

San Rocco

from Masena, Veneto

61.84

Carlassara

from San Martino, Veneto

61.79

Selva di Trissino

from Chiampo, Veneto

61.77

Brustolà

San Germano dei Berici, Veneto

61.63

Monteschiavi

from Pilotto di Castelgomberto, Veneto

61.4

Passo Xon

from Valli del Pasubio, via Cavrega, Veneto

61.4

Madonna delle Grazie

from San Zeno di Costabissara, Veneto

61.36

Monte Mori

from Castelgomberto, Veneto

61.21

Contrada Alpe

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

60.85

San Benedetto

from Lovara, Veneto

60.17

Madonna delle Grazie

from San Zeno di Costabissara, Veneto

59.39

Cà· Vecchia

from Centrale, Veneto

59.2

Lusiana

from Fara Vicentino, Veneto

58.98

Contrada Ossati

from Castana, Veneto

58.96

Campotamaso - Lorenzi

from Maglio di Sopra, Veneto

58.93

Selva di Trissino

from Brogliano, Veneto

58.51

Nogarole Vicentino

from Chiampo, Veneto

58.48

Cereda

from Cabianca, Veneto

58.34

Rotzo

from San Pietro di Valdastico, Veneto

58.11

San Gottardo

from Bocca d' Ascesa, Veneto

58.1

Contrada Mongentale

from Posina, Veneto

57.63

Santissima Trinità

from BastiaBassa, Veneto

57.58

Rovegliana

from Righellati, Veneto

57.45

Meggiara

from Valdagno, Veneto

57.13

Monte San Lorenzo

from Gambugliano, Veneto

57.11

Buso della Geretta

from Villa del Ferro, Veneto

56.88

Passo Xomo

from Valli del Pasubio, via Cortivo, Veneto

56.82

Lusiana

from Breganze, Veneto

56.11

San Giovanni

from Campo Solagna, Veneto

55.86

Campi Alti

from Cornedo Vicentino, Veneto

55.68

Buso della Geretta

from Sarego, Veneto

55.55

Valico di Rotzo

from Pedescala, Veneto

55.4

Salcedo

from Ponte Astico, Veneto

55.15

Monte San Pietro

from Sovizzo, Veneto

54.35

Passo del Mucchione

from Monte Magra, Veneto

54.18

Covolo Alto

from Valle, Veneto

53.96

Rocolo Rossato

from Monte di Malo, Veneto

53.42

Campanella

from Madonna del Buso, Veneto

53.12

Monte Pulgo

from Boro, Veneto

53.05

Bernuffi

from Trissino, Veneto

52.91

Faedo

from San Vito, Veneto

52.81

Stonar

from Tessar di Sotto, Veneto

52.56

Costo Vecchio

from Cogollo, Veneto

51.99

Passo Roccolo

from Chiampo, Veneto

51.78

Torreselle

from Isola Vicentina, Veneto

51.58

San Benedetto

from Tezze, Veneto

51.38

San Luca

from Marostica, Veneto

51.32

Staro

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

51.03

San Luca

from Pianezze, via Sandri, Veneto

50.77

Torreselle

from Valdilonte, Veneto

50.5

Castello di Arzignano

from Costo, Veneto

50.48

Perarolo

from Fimon, Veneto

50.41

Sant' Urbano

from Ghisa, Veneto

50.05

Cà Vecchia

from Zugliano, Veneto

49.72

Capitello della Cocca

from Castelgomberto, Veneto

49.14

Pintari

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

49.06

Monte San Lorenzo

from Valle di Castelgomberto, Veneto

48.63

Crosara

from Vallonara, Veneto

48.51

Sovizzo Colle

from Carbonara, Veneto

48.39

Valmarana di Altavilla

from Vicenza, Veneto

48.31

Capitello della Cocca

from Castelgomberto, Veneto

48.01

Villabalzana

from Longara, Veneto

47.64

Marola

from Chiuppano, Veneto

47.63

Castello Superiore

from Marostica, Veneto

46.28

Enego

from Primolano, Veneto

44.66

Le Scudelette

from Pozzolo, Veneto

44.21

Incino

from Cismon del Grappa, Veneto

44.04

Pozzolo

from Toara, Veneto

43.81

Grancona

from Meledo, Veneto

43.31

Maso

from Maglio di Sopra, Veneto

42.86

Ignago

from Gambugliano, Veneto

41.68

Pugnello

from Restena, Veneto

41.37

Pozzolo

from Sant' Antonio, Veneto

40.98

Castello

from Tezze, Veneto

40.94

Arcugnano - Commenda

from Santa Croce Bigolina, Veneto

40.65

Mossano

from Palà, Veneto

40.58

Castello di Arzignano

from Restena, Veneto

40.46

Ignago

from Castelnovo, Veneto

38.45

Castelgomberto

from Buso, Veneto

38.36

La Rosina

from Valle San Floriano, Veneto

38.31

Passo Xon

from Recoaro Terme, Veneto

37.81

La Pilla

from Vicenza, Veneto

37.77

Passo Xon

from Valli del Pasubio, Veneto

37.15

Lusiana

from Santa Caterina, Veneto

36.77

Salcedo

from Campodirondo, Veneto

36.68

Perarolo

from Brendola, Veneto

34.68

Cà Vecchia

from Carrà, Veneto

34.61

Valrovina

from Bassano del Grappa, Veneto

34.57

Buso della Geretta

from Lonigo, Veneto

32.96

Passo Xomo

from Ponte Verde, Veneto

32.44

Castello

from Arzignano, Veneto

31.74

Monte di Malo

from San Vito di Leguzzano, Veneto

31.57

Fastro

from Primolano, Veneto

30.67

Poggio Miravalle

from Valdagno, Veneto

27.62

Bocca d`Ascesa

from Ca Vecchie, Veneto

27.01

Vicenza, Vicenza Province

THE CITY OF VICENZA

Bike Touring Italy, Vicenza

Vicenza, a city in northeastern Italy, in the Veneto region, at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where four rivers once meet, only the Bacchiglione River remains. The city of Vicenza is teh capital of theVicenza Province and located along the main east westtrain line and roadways. Vicenza is approximately 56 km west of Venice and 180 km east of Milan. Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance Palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the "city of Palladio" has been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed "City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".

In December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of 115,927, data from Comune di Vicenza. and a metropolitan area of 270 000. Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial centre as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities, in large part due to its textile and steel industries, which employ tens of thousands. Additionally, about one-fifth of the country's gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important sector is the engineering/ computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor, was born in Vicenza). Tullio Campagnolo was from Vicenza, the bike component factory is located here, but it is slated to move to Romania in the up coming year.

VICENZA CITY MAP

City of Vicenza, Italy

GETTING TO VICENZA

By train

The train station is located on the southern part of the town, at the end of Viale Roma. Corso Palladio and the old town is about a 5-minute walk from the station. The train station of Vicenza is on the line connecting Milan to Venice. There are also a number of trains to other major cities and destinations such as Verona, Padova, Venice, and Trento. These trains to the towns and cities around Vicenza depart daily (times provided are for the regional trains). The most common are to Verona (1 hour), Padova (25 minutes), Venice (1 hour 15 minutes). This makes Vicenza an idea base for a few days of exploring the Veneto Region.

HISTORY OF VICENZA

WHAT TO SEE IN VICENZA

WHERE TO EAT AND WHAT TO DRINK IN VICENZA

Villas of Andrea Palladio | Vicenza Province

 VILLAS OF ANDREA PALLADIO | VICENZA PROVINCE

Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza sits betweenVerona andVenice along the main train lines.  The city is a World Heritage site and displays some of the most famous works of the architect Andrea Palladio. Palladio was one of the great architects of the Renaissance and his work reintroduced the classic style of ancient Greek and Roman in his work. His work has made its impact on American architecture style, just stop by the Villa Rotonda and take out a nickel, look at the back of the coin and then at the villa.  Thomas Jefferson used Palladio’s “Four Books of Architecture” to plan the works at Monticello and the Univeristy of Virginia.

Enjoy the day exploring the countryside villa’s and then a early afternoon inVicenza.  There are three varied itinerary's to select from, each highlighting some of Palladio’s most re-known works.

Bike Tour Italy, Villas of Vicenza

BIKE TOURING THE VILLA'S OF ANDREA PALLADIO

The meeting point for those staying outside of Vicenza is the Vicenza Train staion. If you are lodging at a hotel in the Vicenza city limits we can start from that location.

There are three specific routes to follow for this program.  It greatly depends on your riding ability and interest.

Route one for those who do not traffic and prefer to ride on a bike path this route follows the new Riveria Berica path to Noventa Vicentina and back. Distance 60 km

Route two leaves the city to the south and then continues counter-clockwise on a route to see UNESCO structures.   This is a nice route on secondary roads. Distance 40 - 50 km

Route three is for riders wanting a bit more riding with their sight seeing.  Ride north of the city to Lugo di Vicentina and back.  This route has no major climbs but it is between 60 - 85 km

On all routes you pass through small towns and vineyards, enjoying breathtaking views. Italiaoutdoors can provide a detailed Itinerary upon request. If you have the time the Vicenza Province makes a great location for a multi-day adventure.

Parts of this program can be organized as a walking tour.

Wilier Triestina Bike Company Rossano Veneto, Italy

WILIER TRIESTINA BIKE COMPANY, ITALY

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Wilier Triestina Bike Company is an Italian manufacturer of racing bicycles, founded in 1906 by Pietro Dal Molin in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. They are now based in Rossano Veneto, a town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto Region, Italy.  

The company name originated as an acronym for the phrase “W l’Italia liberata e redenta”, where the W is an abbreviation for "Viva!" (Long live Italy, liberated and redeemed). Triestina comes from the name of the city of Trieste. When Wilier was founded, Trieste was not part of Italy; the name 'Wilier Triestina' reflected a patriotic desire for it to be rejoined. (see History of Italy 1945-1980)

The famous Italian cyclist Fiorenzo Magni rode Wilier bikes in his 1948 Giro d'Italia win as well as his 1949 and 1950 Tour of Flanders wins. Marco Pantani rode the 1997 Tour de France on a Wilier. More recently World Champion Alessandro Ballan and runner up Damiano Cunego rode Wilier bicycles to victory in the 2008 UCI Road World Championships.

Zane, Vicenza Province

ZANE, VICENZA PROVINCE

zane

Once part of the municipality of Thiene, the township of Zanè, VI is a turn of the century manufacturing town. The prosperity it has enjoyed is reflected in the five marble altars that grace the beautiful Baroque parish church.

You might find yourself riding through the area as you transfer from Berganza and the foot hills of Asiago over toward Schio and the Piccolo Dolomiti.  This zone of Vicenza is the hub of the industrial zone.  So traffic can by busy duringcommuting hours. 

There is a new road being built in the area to reduce heavy traffic and it should be complete in a couple of years.

Zermeghedo, Vicenza Province

ZERMEGHEDO, VICENZA PROVINCE

Zermeghedo

Zermeghedo seems to be a name of Longbardoorgin and the township sits up in the hills above the Chiampo valley.  It seems to have been originally established as a safe haven in case of retreat by King Alboin.  After the fall of the Roman Empire the area was controlled by the Franks and then the Lombard's.   There is record of Ezzelino Romano attacking the area at one point around 1250.  

Zovencedo, Vicenza Province

ZOVENCEDO, VICENZA ITALY

zovencedo vicenza

Zovencedo sits in the heart of the Colli Berici and is a nice quite out of the way village.  The area is full of wooded hills and offers some nice walks, mountain bike trails, and some good road bike routes.  

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