MONTELLO HILLS IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

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

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

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

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

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Asolo, Treviso Province

Travel Guide to Veneto Region

Asolo Treviso

The Hilltown of Asolo

Asolo is one of the many locations in Italy I feel is a perfect spot to linger.  Located in wooded hillsides under watch of an old fortress, it one of the places that gives you the feel of being in another world.  Of course the modern world impinges, but even with the cars filing through narrow lanes or parked in the piazza, Asolo still has very much the air of a town where the insights why former residents like Robert Browning and Freya Stark would sip tea in the square and write. This hill town with its refreshing breezes through out history was a favoured resort of rich and cultured foreigners and Italians.  Asolo doesn't have easy transport links, so still maintains its exclusivity, and the seductive atmosphere of a world apart. Although the town has several specific tourist sights, described below, the atmosphere, views and general charm is the biggest draw: this is a 'lifestyle' destination. Here is a place you can live extremely well here, enjoying rich local food, fine local wines - including Prosecco from the surrounding region, evening walks to admire the views, and then retiring to the comfort of a high-standard hotel. It's easy to see the town's main charms in a day, though to appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and good dining, you should consider staying a few night. This a great location to base yourself to explore the surrounding area and Venice.  The two hotels are a big pricey but you would pay more staying in Venice itself and with so planning you see real Italy.  For active travels that want to life the good life a few days it is also the perfect base in the Veneto, with great cycling and walks in the Prealps.

What to See in Asolo

The town's tourist information centre is located in the main square across from the church. They have useful maps of the town and area in several languages including English. 1. Piazza Garibaldi 2. Cattedrale 3. Palazzo della Loggia 4. Villa Freya 5. Castello della Regina 6. Casa Duse 7. Villa Contarini 8. Casa Longabardo 9. Rocca 10. Cimitero di Sant'Anna 11. Chiesetta di Santa Caterine d'Alessandria 12. Convento dei SS. Pietro e Paolo 13. Chiesa di San Gottardo

 

Where to Stay in Asolo

From our experience the best host of the city is Al Sole (and one of the best hotels in the Veneto).  Al Sole, via Callegia 33, tel 0423951332 Villa Cipriani, via Canova 298, 0423523411 Hotel Duse

Where to Eat in Asolo

See out Map above for food suggestions. Places we like Ca Dertan, Piazza G D'Annunzio 11, tel 0423529648 Ai Due Archi, via Roma 55, tel 0423952201

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How to Get To Asolo

The easiest way to reach Asolo without a car is to take a taxi for at least the last leg of your journey, and this is what I'd recommend doing if you can fit it in your budget. Local hotels will help you organise a transfer, either from an airport (Treviso is the closest, followed by Venice Marco Polo) or from a railway station. A general budget is to plan around  100 to 150 euros from Venice Marco Polo, or 45 euros from Castelfranco Veneto train station station for a taxi transfer. There is a small taxi rank outside Castelfranco Veneto station, so if you're travelling independently this saves time and effort on the final stage of your journey. After flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport catch the ATVO bus to Mestre railway station, then a train to Castelfranco Veneto. The taxi ride from Castelfranco Veneto takes approximately 25 minutes will cost around and cost 50 euro.

Other Sites Arround Asolo

Close to Asolo are the charming towns of Treviso and Vicenza, both of which offer splendid architecture, art museums and restaurants and are good for a full day, or a longer stay. Nearby picturesque towns for a few hours' exploration include Bassano del Grappa, walled cities of Cittadella, lMarostica, and Castelfranco Veneto.  Also there are the Prosecco hills, Monte Grappa, and the Montello which were battlefronts during the First World War. 

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ODERZO, TREVISO

Bike Tour Italy, Oderzo 

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO GET TO ODERZO:

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

WHAT TO SEE IN ODERZO

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

WHERE TO STAY IN ODERZO

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

WHERE TO EAT IN ODERZO

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

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Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso Province

Travel Guide to Veneto Region

Castelfranco Veneto

Walled city of Castelfranco Veneto

Castelfranco Veneto's main attraction is the 12th Century fortress that acts as the center piece for the city.  Thought the town is not very big it still worth a day trip from Venice (Venezia). The town is also a great starting point for bike touring the region or heading up into the Dolomites.  For those who enjoy escaping the crowds and slow travel Castelfranco Veneto should be on your list of places to pass through on bike or foot. The town is situated between Treviso and Vicenza, and is on a regional railway line between Venice and Bassano del Grappa. It's called Castelfranco Veneto to differentiate it from other Italian towns called Castelfranco, including one in Emilia-Romagna. The site was developed and fortified by Treviso in 1195; its central area, the Castello consists of a large square fortification with high walls and a moat. Castelfranco Veneto is also known for being the birthplace of Giorgione, an extraordinary and enigmatic artist of the fifteenth century. Giorgione is seen as a genius in his use of light and color but very few works have been found. In his old home , now known as the Casa Giorgione Museum, holds the Frieze of Liberal and Mechanical Arts, the only fresco attributed to the artist. The most famous work of the master is the Altar piece of Castelfranco that can be seen in the Duomo of S. Maria Assunta, in the Cotanzo Chapel.

What to See in Castelfranco Veneto

The town's tourist information centre is located in the town walls at the western end of the main street, via FM Preti. If you arrive by Train and walk to the center you find it on your left once you see the old walls. They have useful maps of the town and area in several languages including English. 1. Fossato del Castello Medievale 2. Torre Civica 3. Duomo 4. Teatro Accademico 5. Villa Revedin Bolasco 6. Casa di Giorgione

Where to Stay in Castelfranco Veneto

From our experience the best host of the city is Hotel Alla Torre.  • Hotel Alla Torre, piazzetta Trento e Trieste 7, tel 0423498707 • Hotel Al Mareta, via S. Pio X 10, tel 0423721313

Where to Eat in Castelfranco Veneto

See out Map above for food suggestions. Places we like Osteria al Castello Alle Mura, via Preti 69, tel 0423498098 Barbesin, Salvarasa, circonvallazione est., tel 0423490446

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How to Get To Castelfranco Veneto

Castelfranco Veneto has good transport connections. The best way to explore the area is by bicycle or other vehicle. But urban hikers and walkers public transport is a viable option, letting you reach several of the sites around the city. By Train: Castelfranco is a small hub on the regional railway network, with direct trains from Vicenza, Treviso, Venice and Bassano del Grappa. Venice is just under an hour away on the slow regional line; single tickets cost around €4.40. The railway station is a 10 minute walk from the heart of town. By Bus: Buses links can be found between Treviso, Castelfranco, Cittadella and Vicenza are run daily. Castelfranco Veneto has city bus service as well that will get you to some outter locations. The bus station (autostazione) is to the west of the centre, on Via Podgora.

Other Sites Arround Castelfranco Veneto

The walled city of Cittadella is 15 minutes away by train, where you can walk around the ramparts of the restored walls. Villa Emo, one of Palladiio's famous country villas, is also short train trip from Castelfranco. The hilltown of Asolo, is within easy reach by bus or bicycle. The town's tourist information office has a good stock of information on the surrounding area with lots of additional suggestions. Larger town nearby include Vicenza, Treviso, Padua, Bassano del Grappa, and Venice.

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