An itinerary to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Prosecco Hills, among brand new infinity pools, specialty shops and castles with a view.
The inclusion in 2019 in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural landscape of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene represents an unparalleled “redemption” for a territory that since 1600 has literally been forged by hand the characteristic geometric design of its vineyards lying on the hillsides. In this region, in fact, the slopes are so steep that in many areas the use of machinery is impossible and, thefore, only a manual work is allowed to make wine in these lands where millions of years ago there was that sea that today makes them so rich in minerals.
Precisely to admire these landscapes and grasp their most authentic essence, we propose a circular itinerary, just perfect for a long weekend, that highlights the restaurants and hotels with the most beautiful views of these hills.
Conveniently close to the motorway, our itinerary begins (or ends as you wish) in Conegliano, one of the two “capitals” of Prosecco as, together with Valdobbiadene, it gives its name to the DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore denomination which indicates the wine of the same name produced in an area that includes 15 municipalities.
In the city center, go for the Best Western Hotel Canon d’Oro located inside a historic building in Conegliano, the former Monte di Pietà (pawnshop) with a lovely frescoed façade dating back to 1504, used as an inn since the early nineteenth century. By taking a short walk, you can visit the house-museum of the famous painter Cima da Conegliano and then reach the ancient castle of the city where you can stop for a break at the Ristorante Belvedere al Castello from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the valley.
The next stop is 10 minutes by car in San Pietro di Feletto: it is the Ca’ del Poggio resort and restaurant, famous for the most beautiful infinity pool in the Prosecco hills, which in spring 2022 inaugurated the new panoramic sunbathing terrace, just perfect for sipping a drink overlooking the surrounding hills. And after the aperitif, you can book a table for two on the restaurant terrace and enjoy an excellent fish dinner.
After sun and bubbles by the pool, it’s time to go shopping for typical products in one of the most beautiful farmhouses in the area, obviously with a view. Ten km further north, in Tarzo, there is, in fact, Ca’ Piadera, an agritourism with swimming pool that opened in 2021 Al 6, the bistro with shop, where you can stop to taste the delicious homemade cold cuts with a good glass of wine or stock up on farm products, such as pasta, eggs, jams, oil, biscuits and obviously all their wines. Even the shop has a panoramic terrace to “taste” the products before buying them.
Continuing towards Valdobbiadene, you can stop to admire the famous view of the Cartizze hills, the most inaccessible rive (slopes) of the area that give life to the renowned Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG. Here you are spoiled for choice, between panoramic osterias and bars, such as the Terrazza Garbara or the Frasca Marchet.
It’s now the time to visit another UNESCO landscape, that of Monte Grappa MAB Biosphere Reserve, where you can visit Villa Barbaro in Maser designed by Andrea Palladio with frescoes by Paolo Veronese masterfully painted as theatrical backdrops. The residence is among the most portrayed in the history of cinema, protagonist, among others, of the 1968 film A place for lovers, in which it is the home of the splendid Faye Dunaway, and of the 2021 docufilm Marina Cicogna – The life and everything else by Andrea Bettinetti in which the countess remembers the beautiful parties spent in the house purchased by her grandfather, Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata.
A few km from the villa, there is one of the most romantic terraces in Veneto, that of the restaurant La Terrazza of Albergo al Sole in Asolo, a splendid 5-star hotel overlooking the Rocca and the main square of the small town, theater of the legendary love between the actress Eleonora Duse and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Our itinerary can only end in the vineyards of one of the most representative wineries of the Prosecco hills; that of the Collalto family whose story begins when the King of Italy, Berengario, in 958 made a gift to Rambaldo, their ancestor, of these territories. In addition to visiting the winery and its historic barrel cellar, you can also organize a fun tour with wine tasting among the vineyards that surround the nearby Castle of San Salvatore, one of the most beautiful in Veneto, built by the Collalto family in the second half of the 1200s.
All the experiences described can be booked through Visit Prosecco Hills (the coolest local experience creator in the area!)