UNESCO Prosecco Hills: the best addresses…with a view
Discovering this famous hilly paradise through an itinerary that touches the most beautiful towns and the best food and wine hot spots, strictly with a view.
The wonderful Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019 for the exceptional value of a unique landscape in the world. Famous for the characteristic vineyards cultivated on the terraces lying on the steep hills, since the 17th century this land has been heroically modeled by the hand of the man who has given life to a particular geometric landscape formed by parallel rows of vines, vertical with respect to the slope.
Our itinerary winds its way through the three areas recognized by UNESCO, to discover the most beautiful wineries, restaurants and hotels that base their philosophy both on the excellence of the products and the respect for the territory.
A postcard sent by the Gods.
(This is how the poet Andrea Zanzotto described one of the villages of the pictoresque Prosecco hills)
The ideal starting point is the small town of Conegliano, easily accessible from the motorway, capital of the Veneto wine culture and famous for its noble palaces and the preciously frescoed cathedral. Here you can stop at the Best Western Hotel Canon d’Oro, a 16th-century residence located in the convenient Via XX Settembre. After a walk through the streets of the historic center dotted with small taverns, you can go up to the Medieval Castle, which dominates the city,with its panoramic terrace, which on clear days allows you to see the horizon as far as Venice. Here you can have a gourmet stop at the Castle Restaurant.
In the nearby Susegana, you can visit the Collalto winery, owned by the noble family that since 1110 has been “taking care” of the hills of Susegana and Conegliano, giving life to extraordinary wines that smell of centuries of tradition, and the majestic Castle of San Salvatore, an ancient fortified complex founded by the Collato family in the 13th century.
Continuing towards San Pietro di Feletto, along the panoramic road of via Mire Basse, you will find Ca’ del Poggio, restaurant & resort, which offers one of the most beautiful views of Veneto, to be enjoyed during a fish lunch or in total relaxation in the infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi.
The location is also famous all over the world for the Muro di Cà del Poggio, a spectacular vertical slope, the steepest of the famous Giro d’Italia with a 19% gradient, symbol of the land of Prosecco and the cycling passion that animates these areas. There are, in fact, so many paths to do by bike to explore this wonderful area, for all tastes and training levels.
In San Pietro di Feletto, after a visit to the Pieve, a frescoed church of Lombard origins from the 8th century, the Latteria Perenzin, a historic dairy run by the same family that founded it in 1898, is definitely worth a stop. Here you can taste the typical cheeses of the area, among the most awarded in the world, such as the buffalo cheese ubricato al Glera (the grape with which Prosecco is made), do some shopping at the store or stop to eat in the Cheese Bar.
Along the Via dell’Acqua, you the arrive at Revine Lago, a town famous for its lakes of glacial origin, where you can take a break Ai Cadelach. Magnificent country chic eco-hotel nestled between the lakes and hills of Vittorio Veneto, here you can pamper yourself at 360°, choosing from the pleasures of food and wine (don’t miss the rustic restaurant La Baracheta), the relaxation of the wellness center, or the many activities, such as a tour of the area on horseback. The wellness resort also includes, infact, also a beautiful riding school.
Not far away, in the hills of Tarzo, there is another rustic marvel: it is Ca’ Piadera, a farmhouse with swimming pool and panoramic restaurant, perfect for tasting genuine home-made dishes and sleeping in original rooms, where the tools typical of its agricultural past have been transformed into design furnishings.
Continuing to Cison di Valmarino, one of the most beautiful fortified towns in Italy, we find another extraordinary castle, the stronghold of Castelbrando, which is accessible via a fun cable railway. The luxury resort, with its 2000 years of history, will make you enjoy the priceless experience to live “like a king”: you can sleep in the Royal Suite, visit the fascinating museum of Roman artifacts and ancient armors, or book a gourmet dinner with a view. Absolutely not to be missed is the historic center of Cison, which has its heart in the splendid Piazzetta Roma, where you can stop for an aperitif.
Curve after curve, you arrive in the wonderful Follina, a small medieval village that seems to come out of an ancient fairy tale. Also among the most beautiful towns in Italy, it houses the suggestive Cistercian Abbey, built on the ruins of a previous Benedictine abbey from the mid-twelfth century.
Continuing on the SP36, the long panoramic road that winds for kilometers between breathtaking views towards Valdobbiadene, you arrive in the Santo Stefano area, the beating heart of the Cartizze hills, the “grand cru” of Prosecco and the qualitative summit of the Denomination. Here you are spoiled for choice on where to stop, such as a real “secret” address, the Frasca Marchet, where a picnic basket will be prepared for you to be enjoyed “with a view” on the hills of Guia.
The best way to experience these areas and get lost among the vineyards is certainly to rent a Vespa complete with a blanket and a picnic basket.
Once in the heart of Valdobbiadene, it is worth immersing yourself in the great manufacturing and artistic tradition of this area. The Bortolomiol family has recovered an ancient spinning mill, a precious testimony of industrial archeology of the area’s textile past, accessible from the main square of the town along a wonderful green gallery of centuries-old trees. Here you can visit the Filandetta Park, the cellar, the organic vineyard to conclude with a special tasting within the ancient walls that once saw silk workers at work.
This magical itinerary can only end with a sweet awakening at the Locanda Sandi, a wonderful renovated farmhouse from the early 1900s. Here you can really experience all the best of the Venetian tradition, booking a lunch in the suggestive veranda, shopping for the fine Villa Sandi wines at the Bottega or letting yourself be pampered in one of the 6 rooms boasting a delightfully country romance.
And the experiences you can have as in the UNESCO Prosecco Hills are still many, many more! Just think that no other country in the world have this wealth of landscapes and variety of food and wine concentrated in so few square kilometers.
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