The Prosecco Hills Trail of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself totally in nature and discover the Venetian food and wine culture, truly unique and exceptional.
Extending over a UNESCO World Heritage area, the trail offers breathtaking landscapes characterized by the presence of streams, villages, castles, abbeys and cellars where, among other things, you can enjoy a glass of excellent Prosecco DOCG.
The path consists of 4 distinct stages, passable below or individually; after seeing in the previous episode the first two, each of about 13 kilometers, you can continue with the third and fourth:
Stage 3: from Follina to Tarzo
The third stage of the walk extends for 13.5 kilometers, starts from the village of Follina and leads to the town of Tarzo. The first, which received the coveted Orange Flag, develops around the beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria that, inside, houses important works and a majestic cloister.
But not only, because in Follina you can admire many historic buildings such as Palazzo Barberis and ride by bike or on foot through the beautiful natural landscapes. In addition, the village is famous for its traditional art of wool and silk processing and for its hills covered with UNESCO World Heritage vineyards.
The walk then crosses the towns of Arfanta, Tarzo and Nogarolo and continues towards Fratta, Colmaggiore and Revine. Along the way there are famous murals made by Venetian artists who immortalize popular traditions and moments of local folklore.
And it’s not over yet: the path runs along Lake Santa Maria and Lake San Giorgio, between the municipalities of Revine Lago and Tarzo, linked to a very suggestive legend: a mysterious locomotive would be sunk in their waters by the Austrians at the end of the First World War. Will it be true?
Stage 4: from Tarzo to Vittorio Veneto
The fourth and final stage of the Cammino delle Colline del Prosecco stretches for 12.5 kilometres from Tarzo to Vittorio Veneto. The path runs along the lakes of Revine Lago and crosses the village of Serravalle, famous for its squares full of buildings built during the Serenissima era. Once here, just walk a bit to visit the beautiful Sanctuary of Sant’Augusta.
To conclude the journey in beauty, the last stop is the center of Vittorio Veneto, which became famous in the autumn of 1918: here, in fact, there was the fierce final battle between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops on the occasion of the First World War.
The Prosecco Hills: what to eat
The territory of the Prosecco Hills Trail is the perfect blend of human ingenuity and natural beauty. It is not only among the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, but it is also home to vineyards that cover entire valleys and slopes and get lost among villages and woods.
And it is precisely here, in these wonderful places, that the vines have been cultivated for centuries with so much effort but also with extreme passion on the part of men entirely dedicated to the land and its fruits.
Those who visit this area can not miss the opportunity to taste the Prosecco DOC, perhaps combining it with dishes and typical products that derive from a gastronomic offer more than rich and varied. The local delicacies are based on salami and meat, but you can also taste numerous cheeses, as well as polenta with mushrooms and several fresh vegetables such as red radicchio.
An ancient local custom, among other things, involves the use of fragrant field herbs; just think of the shoots of the butcher’s broom at the tops of hops and dandelion, which often accompany mushrooms in the making of simply delicious dishes.
Every gastronomic proposal is a riot of flavors, scents and colors; in any trattoria you can order typical game meat such as roe deer, hare and game, as well as classics of the peasant tradition such as fasòi col musèt, that is a bean soup in which a cotechino is cooked seasoned with a delicious horseradish sauce.
Finally, it is recommended not to miss:
- the tripe, both dry and wet;
- the bigoi in the room, a fresh pasta topped with sardine sauce;
- pinza, a typical dessert prepared with raisins and polenta flour;
- the imbriago, a cured sausage in the marc;
- casatella, a cheese produced in ancient times in any local home
Obviously, a step is mandatory: accompany the sausages with Prosecco DOCG, the true protagonist of the Prosecco Hills Trail!