Prosecco Road is one of the most beautiful routes I have ever traveled. It consists of 90 km of winding roads, rolling hills, rows of vine, and beautiful attractions worth a stop here and there. Moreover, short detours can lead you to discover other fascinating villages and landmarks of the area. I had the honor to win a prize for my article about Prosecco Superiore DOCG and part of it was a 2-night stay near Conegliano. Thanks to this, I finally had the chance to explore one of the few parts I had not yet explored. Therefore I can sum up the best things to do along the Prosecco Road itinerary (and surroundings). Plus, the area is listed among Italy’s Unesco World Heritage sites (2019).
Prosecco road itinerary: things to do
Valdobbiadene, realm of Prosecco
Let’s start from Valdobbiadene, where you can visit the Cathedral, and admire the neoclassical buildings on the main square. The Art Nouveau Villa dei Cedri is only open on special occasions. The town is the departing point of the Prosecco road route.
Cartizze, the Grand Cru hill
Not far from here, Cartizze is the one hill with the perfect combination of microclimate and soil, granting the production of the best prosecco, the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Cartizze.
Visit the Wineries along the Prosecco route
Along the road, you can visit one of the Wineries producing prosecco. I visited La Tordera, which is located in Vidor, a few kilometers south of the road. If you want to learn more, read my post:
Admire the quirk rock statues in San Pietro di Barbozza
It is a former construction worker who collects rocks from the Piave river and transforms them into these strange figures. You can read the whole story at rock’s statues. You can read the post at:
Stop at the Inn without Innkeeper
Not far from here, you have to stop at the famous Osteria senz’Oste (The inn without innkeeper). Here you can help yourself by choosing something to eat or drink inside the small house, past the winery and leaving the right amount of money on the cashier. The best part of this place is the view. I think I’ll write a separate post asap. In the meantime, look at the photo!
The incredible panorama of Santo Stefano and Guia
You can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Prosecco hills on the stretch of road of the villages Santo Stefano and Guia.
The charming hamlet of Rolle
Then, proceed towards Rolle. It’s a minuscule village, but very quaint. Completely surrounded by vineyards, it consists of a handful of houses, a church, and a renowned restaurant, Da Andreetta, with a pleasant terrace overlooking the hills.
Prealps Detour from the Prosecco Route
From here you can take a detour leading you to discover the Prealps area. It is a pleasant road with some lovely stops. Especially in Spring and Autumn, the spectacle of nature is granted. The road passes the villages of Combai, Follina, and Cison di Valmarino.
Combai, the village of chestnuts
Combai is a tiny village surrounded by steep hills, planted with grapevines and chestnuts. In fact, the main event here is the sagra dei marroni, Chestnut Festival. Also, when in Combai, do not miss a visit to the small shop La Bottega di Combai. Here you can find all the best local products: honey, preserves, jams, sauces, beers, wines, cheeses, etc.
Follina and its Abbey
Follina is another small village, mainly known for its beautiful Abbey. The highlight here is the cloister, dating back to 1268.
Cison di Valmarino and the Artisans Festival
Cison di Valmarino is worth a visit especially during Artigianato Vivo, an event focused on craftsmanship. Scattered around the village, along the streets and inside old barns and houses, you’ll have the chance to admire and buy ornaments for the house, bijoux, bags, clothes, toys, and much more, all handmade by Italian artisans. It is one of the best events of this kind in my region. And it takes place twice a year, in August and December.
La Muda, the oldest tavern in the Veneto
At this point, you can take another detour… if it’s lunchtime. In 15 minutes, along a road uphill and some hairpin turns, you can reach La Muda di San Boldo, the oldest tavern in the Veneto region. It dates back to 1470. Learn more at Osteria La Muda.
Or, you can proceed towards the lakes of Revine Lago (two small lakes where you can bathe in summer, hike, or visit the Livelet Archeological Park, with the reconstruction of an environment typical of this area between the Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age).
The murales road of Tarzo
South of the lakes, there’s the murales road of Tarzo. On the facades of some houses, you can see nice paintings depicting scenes of rural life.
Slow food, goose-based lunch
Matteo and I tried the Agriturismo Mondragon for a Sunday lunch. I have to warn you. Here all the menu is goose-based. In fact, they have geese breeding. To be more precise, they’re one of the two places left in the Veneto to produce a Slow Food product, Oca in Onto, meaning goose in fat. It’s a kind of confit, that allows keeping the meat for months. And it’s delicious. The Agriturismo is very rustic, but the food was excellent. On Sunday, the menu is set: cold cuts, goose liver, tagliatelle with goose sauce, pumpkin barley, split-roast pork and goose, cake. With 2 glasses of wine, 2 bottles of water, 2 caffé €55. Plus, the owner Manuela is very nice and funny.
Vittorio Veneto and the Serravalle neighborhood
Then reach Vittorio Veneto to see the war memorials, the Vittorio Veneto battle museum, and the beautiful Serravalle neighborhood.
Not far from Vittorio Veneto, there’s also a natural attraction worth a visit, The Caglieron Caves, le grotte del Caglieron. It’s a simple excursion, that does not require hours of walking, but allows you to see a peculiar landscape. Learn more at Caglieron Caves.
The lovely Conegliano
Back on the Prosecco road, you can reach Conegliano. It is a lovely small town, worth a visit for the Castle, the Cathedral, the Battuti Hall, and the enchanting main street, via XX Settembre. I’m going to write a post dedicated only to Conegliano asap.
Detour to see the 2 Castles
After a visit to Conegliano, you can decide to take a detour to reach the Castle of San Salvatore and the Castle of Collalto. The first one is a lovely setting for events and it’s only visitable on certain special occasions. I visited it on occasion of the Primavera del Prosecco. This time, Matteo and I just drove near there and we stopped to take this photo.
The latter is sadly abandoned, so we only saw it from the road.
San Pietro di Feletto Parish
If you want to go on along the Prosecco road, you can now head towards San Pietro di Feletto, where I suggest you visit the Pieve, the parish church dating back to 1100.
Not far from here, if you like dairy products you must stop at the Cheese Bar of Latteria Perenzin. Here, you can grab a bite, book cheese tastings, and buy some local products (not only cheese). I hope to come back one day to visit the factory.
The little water mill of Refrontolo
Refrontolo. Here, the must-see is called one of the few water mills still working in Italy, the Molinetto della Croda. The visit requires little time but I enjoy the view each time I go there.
Soligo: Dairy and seat of Consortium
Soligo is the village of the namesake Dairy Factory, well known for their milk, butter and cheese. When I was a kid, and not yet lactose intolerant, I loved their Fratino, drink made with milk and low-fat cocoa. Whenever I see it at the supermarket, I feel so nostalgic! PS the name fratino means little friar, cause it seems the drink was invented by some friars as a snack.
In Pieve di Soligo is also located Villa Brandolini d’Adda, seat of the Prosecco Superiore DOCG Consortium.
San Vigilio and Lookout path along the Prosecco route
Farra di Soligo/Col San Martino is the last stretch of the road. Here you can stop at the small church of San Vigilio (dating back to the X century, but restored a couple of times) and have a nice walk along the Strada delle Vedette, the lookout path. During the First World War, it was, in fact, the place where the Austro-Hungarian army could observe the movements along the Piave line. The path is long about 15 km. Matteo and I decided just to follow its first stretch, the most panoramic one, that led us to admire the beautiful prosecco hills from a privileged position.
Where to sleep along the Prosecco road itinerary
I have two suggestions. I was very happy with both accommodations. They’re quite different though.
Ca’ del Poggio
During our last visit, Matteo and I had the chance to stay at Ca’ del Poggio, a beautifully set hotel, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding vineyards and hills. It was part of my prize. The building is modern. Our room was silent, with a big shower, and a very comfy bed. Wi-Fi connection was excellent. Breakfast was delicious and with several choices, sweet and savory. Their restaurant serves mainly fish-based dishes that we appreciated very much, especially my linguine with Homarus lobster were scrumptious. The owner Alberto was a lovely host, attentive but discreet. The staff was very kind, especially the young lady at the check-in. They also have a small spa with sauna, Turkish bath, sensory shower and a small Jacuzzi with panoramic view. Sadly, the water was ambient temperature, but I guess in Summer must be amazing. Ca’ del Poggio also gives the name to a difficult and steep hill, part of the Giro d’Italia, the most famous Italian bicycle race. It is held every year in Spring (May-June).
Maso di Villa Relais
Here, the view is less scenographic, but the main building is more charming. It is, in fact, a beautifully restored farm, all covered in ivy and wisteria. The owners live on the left side of the house. While on the right side, there are the guests’ rooms, all furnished in country chic style. Breakfast was basically sweet, but I think you can ask for some savory products as well. The plus here is the pool outside, perfect during the warm season. There’s no AC and no restaurant. But, I mean, look at the picture! I fell in love with this place. It was a very peaceful and romantic stay!
There are still some landmarks I have to visit in the area, but for now, I think the highlights of the Prosecco road itinerary are well covered. I promise to update from time to time this article with new material. 🙂
I have to thank Marca Treviso for the prize they awarded me. Thanks to it, I could visit some of these destinations listed.
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