RIDING THROUGH PROSECCO HILLS

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If you love the hilly landscapes or you want to get in touch with the most authentic part of our region, the perfect destination for you is the tour  through the Prosecco hills.

Fun to ride and suitable for more or less experienced drivers, this route will take you into the heart of the hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, the best choice for enogastronomic, landscaping and historical tours.

These hills divide into two parts the the territory around Treviso from the Piave river valley, homeland of Prosecco. This famous sparkling wine with a characteristic straw yellow color is known for the typical cap imprisoned in the wire cage and for its foam.

You can start your trip in Conegliano, a charming hilly town where the prestigious Enological School  was founded in the 1800s. This area is known also for the Winery DOC Colli di Conegliano including white and red wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marzemino, Merlot and Refrontolo Passito, made from marzemino grapes harvested in the homonymous village.

The wine road goes through woods and vineyards to Collalbrigo. Next stop in San Pietro di Feletto to admire the Romanesque church and then continue towards Refrontolo. Arriving in Molinetto della Croda you can see the eighteenth-century Villa Brandolini, home of the Consortium for the protection of Prosecco Doc Conegliano Valdobbiadene. From Col San Martino to Colbertaldo you will cross innumerable hills and Winery  to the Cartizze wine hill, mandatory stop for those who love sparkling wines. Once you go through Santo Stefano and San Pietro di Barbozza, you will arrive at Villa dei Cedri in Valdobbiadene, home of the Italian Sparkling Wine Forum, the final stage of the tour.

It is interesting to discover the diversity of Prosecco which acquires particular characteristics in the different production areas: around Conegliano there is a marked bitter taste; in Valdobbiadene the taste is softer and more gentle and in the Montello area there is a slight almond aftertaste and last but not least the small production of the Superior of Cartizze.

In this area there are many events not to be missed: in April (second weekend) the Show of Prosecco di Collina and Marzemino di Refrontolo; in May (first weekend) the Refrontolo Passito DOC and Prosecco Show, in September the great Grape Festival while in July / August the classic Goblets of Stars to observe the falling stars discovering the more appreciated wines. Wine in Villa – International Festival of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, is the most important annual event dedicated to the sparkling wine; it takes place the third weekend of May in the heart of the production area: the splendid 12th century Castle of S. Salvatore in Susegana.

Weekend tour

Did you enjoy our itinerary among the Prosecco hills? Do not stop!

You can combine the discovery of the Prosecco hills with those of Montello. The Montello Wine Route and the Asolani Hills winds along gentle green hills covered with woods and vineyards, descends towards the Piave river and goes up towards Crocetta del Montello passing through Cornuda and Maser up to the beautiful town of Asolo.

Maser is a village that deserves a stop for the splendid Villa Barbaro. The headquarters of Villa di Maser Winery is characterized by harmony and beauty and offers the opportunity to taste important wines in the setting of one of the finest creations by Andrea Palladio. Here you can visit the large archway where the casks of DOC Montello and Colli Asolani red wine ripen.

In Asolo, destination for poets and writers, there are a lot of places to visit: Loggia del Capitano, a 15th century building decorated with frescoes from 1560; the Cathedral, built in 1747 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta; the Renaissance fountain; Regina Cornaro street, flanked by frescoed fifteenth-century houses that  leads to the castle of the Queen with the medieval clock tower; Canova street, where you find Eleonora Duse’s house and finally Villa Cipriani.

Do not miss the road that connects Valdobbiadene to Vittorio Veneto, the most spectacular of the Prosecco area. Wides curves follows the succession of hills offering unmissable views on the great vineyards and on the numerous wineries, often settled in ancient patrician buildings. Passing through Miane and Follina and continuing next to the two small lakes of Revine, you will finally reach the valley where Vittorio Veneto is located.

THE WONDERFUL TOPS OF LAVAREDO MOUNTAIN BY MOTORBIKE

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This unmissable trip will take you to the Sesto Dolomites to discover the beauty of the three Tops of Lavaredo Mountain.

The starting point is Ponte nelle Alpi village, easily attainable from A27 motorway.

Then continue to the village of Longarone, a privileged access point for Cadore, very appreciated territory for the beautiful alpine landscapes and the characteristic villages of this area: Pieve di Cadore and Calalzo di Cadore up to Cima Sogna, from where you turn left towards the lake of Santa Caterina and the beautiful town Auronzo di Cadore.

After a stop in Auronzo, go along the firs woods of the Tre Cime Natural Park until you reach the legendary Misurina lake.

After a regenerating break at the lake, turn right into the road leading to the Lavaredo Three Tops. You have to pay a fee to run across this short scenic road but the views that you will have the opportunity to admire will repay you for what you have spent.

DISCOVERING THE DOLOMITES AROUND BELLUNO

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The tour starts from Belluno, urban heart in the charming alpine nature.

The ancient foundation city bears the signs of the Renaissance and the Venetian period with some prestigious medieval testimony.

You can admire the ancient Porta Rugo and the typical gothic style palaces of the Serenissima, Santo Stefano Church and Tullio Lombardo Cathedral, known for the 69meters high bell tower designed by Filippo Juvara, considered one of the most representative towers of the clock of the Italian baroque period.

We recommed a walk in Piazza del Mercato where there is a fountain from 1410 in addition to the sumptuous Renaissance buildings with colonnades.

From Belluno continue north to the heart of the alpine area of ​​Veneto to visit Cortina d’Ampezzo, an exclusive high-altitude holiday destination.

Located in the magnificent “amphitheater of the Dolomites” consisting in the Tofane, Cristallo and Sorapis tops, Cortina stands in a sunny dell of great natural charm.

Despite being famous for its mundane life, the town is interesting also from a cultural point of view for the Santi Filippo e Giacomo Church and the Rules House in Piazza Venezia, including the Museum of the Rules, the Paleontological Museum and the Contemporary picture gallery.

End the day walking in Corso Italia, where the most exclusive boutiques are located.

The weekend ends in the Belluno Dolomites National Park, among 32,000 hectares of unspoiled nature, amazing for the great environmental variety: these are the places of the golden eagle.

Don’t give up the valleys and the most accessible areas, rich in streams and waterfalls of green.

The summer season is certainly the most suitable to appreciate the beauty of these places for its blooms.

AMONG THE THOUSANDS COLORS OF DELTA OF PO’ RIVER

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Riding your bike you reach Rovigo, located in the heart of Polesine region.

This charming medieval city offers the visitor a unique experience thanks to the meeting between his beautiful monuments and the surrounding wild nature.

Mandatory stop is the castle with the two towers called Donà and Mozza, dating back to the tenth century and symbol of the city, and the buildings of high artistic value dating back to the Venetian domination.

The visit continues at Accademia dei Concordi, home of a very important collection of artworks by Venetian and Ferrara painters, and to the 14th century Civic Museum located inside the Monastery of S. Bartolomeo, interesting from archaeological and naturalistic points of view.

After the visit, drive your bike to Chioggia, the second largest village of the lagoon. Chioggia is appreciated for its elegant architecture and the precious buildings due to the glorious Venetian past.

The seaside village is full of beautiful streets and crossed by lots of bridges. Do not miss the fish market, the Cathedral of Baldassarre Longhena, the Granaio and Piazzetta Vigo where you find “El gato”, a 12th century column surmounted by a very particular San Marco feline.

Very striking the view of the colorful boats that parade on the water: sit down along the quay eating the tipical appetizers and relax yourself looking to the horizon.

End up your weekend in the delta of Po’ River, a spectacular region extended over an area of ​​more than 400 sq km, the largest Italian natural park and the largest wetland in Europe.

Here you will observe rare specimens of flora and fauna of this environment and you will see the typical “casoni”, huts with a big fireplace, reference point for fishermen and guardians of the valley in the past.

This ecosystem composed of canals, swamps, lagoons, reeds and sandbars is a magical setting in a pristine world.

THE BEAUTIFUL RESIDENCES OF BRENTA RIVERSIDE

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If you are traveling from Venice to Padua, avoid the highway and direct your motorbike along the Brenta Canal.

The canalization of the river dates back to the sixteenth century: the new canal originated a sort of ‘bucolic civilization’. The Venetian nobility built there sumptuous houses, palaces and villas to go away from the busy Venetian life; it became common use for the Lagoon aristocracy to own a villa along Brenta Canal and reach it by boat – the burchiello – from Piazza San Marco.

Dozen of elegant patrician houses are located especially in the area of ​​Stra, Dolo and Mira.

Among these you can visit Villa Foscarini Rossi, the first one that you meet on the road after the center of Stra which part of the project was designed by Andrea Palladio; Villa Pisani, huge and magnificent building that looks more like a castle than a villa. It is the largest palace on the Brenta riverside and the most famous. Born as a Doges’ house, covered with frescoes including that of Tiepolo, it houses the famous boxwood maze inside the wide garden. Finally you can visit Villa Widman in Mira and Villa Foscari called La Malcontenta projected by Palladio.

Deserve an external visit the Barbariga, on the other side of the canal near Dolo, the 16th century Villa Querini Stampalia in Mira and Villa Gradenigo in Oriago.