Located midway between Venice and the Dolomites, Valdobbiadene is nestled in an area rich in Nature, History, Culture, Art, Sport and high quality Enogastronomy all to be discovered, but yet above all one comes first to Valdobbiadene to visit the lush Prosecco Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019 “embroidered with vineyards” by centuries of careful guidance by the expert and patient hand of the wine makers, the “artisans” of the hills.
Spring and summer are the seasons in which these hills give their best exploding with a lush green that perfectly complements the intense blue of the sky. The hills can be visited freely on foot, by bicycle, by car, with expert guides or in organized tours, following various personalized routes with panoramic stops and tasting stopovers at the numerous wineries scattered throughout the territory.
Along the routes there is no shortage of restaurants, wine bars and small taverns with panoramic terraces and unmissable vistas, to be enjoyed from a bicycle (bicycles are available free of charge from the Agriturismo) an e-bike or on foot, there are also undemanding walking routes, for example up to the numerous churches scattered on the slopes of the hills, in the most panoramic of positions.
Just above Valdobbiadene is Monte Cesen (1,500m asl), which is part of the Treviso Prealps and the first mountain range fronting on the Adriatic coast.
Climbing up from the town, you first reach the locality of Pianezze (1000m asl), known for the presence of the International Temple of the Blood Donor, then the localities of Barbaria and Mariech, and finally at 1500m above sea level you’ll find a series of still active mountain farms producing typical mountain products. From here you can enjoy exceptional views of the hills and plains, and on the clearest days even the Apennines and the Lagoon of Venice with its bell towers and glittering canals.
On Monte Cesen there are many trails, to be followed on foot or on bikes, suitable for long walks alone or accompanied by a nature guide, through alpine meadows decked out in flowers in May and fragrant woods, stopping for a picnic under the centuries-old beech trees and looking for mushrooms. Changing direction, you reach the Piave River in a few minutes drive from Valdobbiadene where you can visit the Settolo Basso Natural Park with its 5 km nature trail that allows you to immerse yourself in the environment with its flora and fauna so typical of this important river. A nature guide is also available for this route.
For history buffs, Valdobbiadene could be the starting point for a study of the Great War as this territory was one of main war theatres from 1917 to 1918. Even Le Zitelle di Ron still bears the scars. The family manor house was partially destroyed, as was the most part of town, in a bombardment raining down from Monte Grappa. One of the bedrooms was recovered from the remains.
It only takes a short time to get from Valdobbiadene to the war memorials of Monte Grappa, Montello and the Asiago plateau which together with the Piave River were the sites of some of the most fiercely fought battles of the war, then it’s on to the city of Vittorio Veneto...
There are many museums in this area dedicated to the Great War, some of which have been recently renovated on the occasion of the centenary in 2018.
Connoisseurs of art and culture will find Valdobbiadene a relaxing base to return to after busy days visiting Palladian Villas, the art works of Canova in Possagno, Venice and the splendid cities of the Venetian hinterland, Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Belluno, Treviso, Bassano and Asolo all of which can be reached in less than a day’s travel even using public transport.
And for the gastronomes there is nothing better than slowly travelling along the Prosecco and Wine roads of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills. This wine trail that crosses the straggling hills from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene is not only dappled with the by now famous vineyard vistas but also countless wineries, restaurants, wine bars and inns where you can indulge yourself in the Prosecco Superiore DOCG paired with all the local gastronomical delights.
There are countless opportunities for the more sporting types: from long walks round the Prosecco ring to traditional mountain hiking from Valdobbiadene to Pianezze, from cycle paths marked “Bicivacanza”, amateur cycle trails, to Prosecco Cycling and the frequent stages of the Giro d’Italia; from the Marca Rally to paragliding descents and sport fishing....not to mention the Asolo Golf Club: one of Europe’s most renowned golf courses located just a few kilometres from the centre of Valdobbiadene.
In Valdobbiadene sport is at home and sporting events, even national events, follow each other throughout the year favoured by a territory particularly suited to the various disciplines. See all the events in the calendar and book your room in time!