— Conegliano Valdobbiadene

In brief

43 km

You start at Conegliano, city of art and of wine: it is considered to be the cultural capital of the Denomination, as it is the birthplace of the world of Prosecco and still an important centre for innovations in winemaking. However, it was also the home of famous artists. G.B. Cima, who would always portray these hills in his works – as did many artists of the Renaissance – was born here. Our itinerary then passes through San Pietro di Feletto, to admire the ancient Parish Church, built in the 12th century but already a pagan shrine long before that. Observe the fresco of the Sunday Christ: the tools that surround him give an idea of how vine-growing has been deeply rooted in this area for centuries. You proceed, passing through the historic village of Rolle, towards Follina, whose little centre contains a splendid 12th century Cistercian Abbey, a place of intense tranquillity and elegantly essential style. Follina was once famous for wool making, and signs of this activity can still be found in the midst of the local rural architecture. In the nearby Cison di Valmarino too – one of Italy’s 100 Most Beautiful Villages – following the itinerary of the vie dell’Acqua (“Waterways”), you can admire ancient mills and washtubs, relics of the traditional activities in these villages. The little village is overlooked not only by a castle, but also by the Strada dei Cento giorni, a route created in the winter of 1917 by the local women to enable the army pass through. Continuing the itinerary, you will then go through pretty little villages with typical stone houses, Santa Maria and Lago, which lie on the Revine Lakes, where you will also find the Livelet Archaeological and Didactic Park. Finally you arrive at Vittorio Veneto, the little town that was the site of the Italian victory over the Austrians which ended the First World War in the zone. The town contains the Museum of the Battle as well as the historic centres of Ceneda and Serravalle.